HOW DOES THE WORLD END? LET US COUNT THE WAYS…
WASTELANDS: STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE, EDITED BY JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS
San Francisco: Night Shade Books, c2008, ISBN 9781597801058, $15.95
For those who can’t get enough of the end-of-the-world scenarios, your anthology has arrived! A frightening mix of Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction genres conspired to birth this gruesome collection of tales that explore all of the aspects of Armageddon. Filled with short stories created by some of the best writers in all three genres, you are guaranteed well-constructed tales of annihilation and global destruction. The contributors include George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Bear, John Langan and more.
See what post-apocalyptic world is created when author Paolo Bacigalupi explores his memory of a feral dog living in a toxic waste dump in “The People of Sand and Slag.” Discover what misery awaits those who cannot reproduce normally due to mutation in James Van Pelt’s “The Last of the O-Forms.” Ponder what it would mean if the only survivors at the end of the world are a clique of network administrators trapped in their operations centers in Cory Doctorow’s “When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth.”
This has to be one of the more inventive collections of end-of-times literature out there. It is a fun (if not unsettling) anthology that is under-appreciated; you will find it hard to put down. But you can still find this gem in bookstores…And if you hurry, you can finish it before December 21, 2012…
I give this a hearty five tentacles out of five.