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Old 23-09-2004, 20:49   #1
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Question End of the World fiction...

I have a strange liking for this sort of thing - nuclear holocaust, unstoppable alien invasion, huge scale natural disasters - and would love to know if there any particularly good novels with this sort of theme that I've missed out on.

Off the top of my head, particular favourites of my own:

Trinity's Child
Down to a Sunless Sea
Footfall
Lucifer's Hammer
Day of the Triffids
The Stand

The more downbeat the better really - happy endings entirely optional (one of the above, for instance, has a real sod of an ending which I think is absolutely fantastic). Sadly most of the post-apocalypse stuff I've read has been pretty crap, and others decidedly average (e.g. War day, Amtrak Wars).
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Old 23-09-2004, 20:54   #2
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Old 23-09-2004, 21:04   #3
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Alternatively, see this thread...

http://www.thedvdforums.com/forums/s...d.php?t=313769

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Strange, none of my searches picked that one up...? Be nice to see people giving more of an idea of the content of the books they recommend - some of the suggestions in that thread are merely titles (and I realise I've done the same!).
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Old 23-09-2004, 22:21   #5
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Domain, I vaguely recall, was the best of the three James Herbert "Rats" books Nuclear holocaust in London causes a few issues
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Easy: Jose Saramago's, Blindness.
This book will terrify you. and make you consider many aspects of our lives today.
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Easy: Jose Saramago's, Blindness.
This book will terrify you. and make you consider many aspects of our lives today.
Just read the blurb for this over at Amazon and it sounds intriguing. Think I'm going to have to pick it up

Some of his other books sound interesting too.
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Ah. So it's Day of The Triffids without the Triffids?

I'll look out for that one then - and Domain - I enjoyed 48 after all.
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Jose Saramago is an excellent writer. The gospel according to Christ was also fantastic. He's unforgiving, but ultimatley a refreshing read.
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I've always been a big fan of 'Arc Light' by Eric. L. Harry - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

An excellent read.
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Another one for the list... thought of another old favourite of mine. Not really end of the world stuff, but a very dark and downbeat story about war in a destabilised and decaying world of the near future: The War in 2020 by Ralph Peters. When it first came out it was stretching credibility a bit but reading it again this year it struck me that the world he predicted is not that far off what we are seeing already.
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Eric L Harry does excellent battle scenes - the most apocalyptic have to be the ones in "To Protect and Defend" which features the PLA assaulting into Siberia following the collapse of Russia due to anarchy and being confronted by NATO troops. The battle scenes are vivid and brutal. He also wrote a excellent near future story about a militarily dominant China launching an invasion of the USA called "Invasion". If you liked Arc Light or Red Storm Rising you would love this.

For alternate history try Harry Turtledoves alternate WW2 histories - World at War and Colonisation
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A children's book, but very depressing is Brother in the Land by Robert Swindells. Another off the top of my head is Plague99, although I haven't read that for a few years. On the Beach I found dull, but a good story.
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A children's book, but very depressing is Brother in the Land by Robert Swindells. Another off the top of my head is Plague99, although I haven't read that for a few years. On the Beach I found dull, but a good story.
I remember that book as well. I believe it finds it's way onto a lot of secondry school reading list's. I remember enjoying this when I was 13. Then again I was a slightly morbid teenager.

Check out the sick book cover.
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Plague99, although I haven't read that for a few years.
I read this when I was 15 or so and found it to be a really good read. I might even read it again.
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I remember that book as well. I believe it finds it's way onto a lot of secondry school reading list's. I remember enjoying this when I was 13. Then again I was a slightly morbid teenager.

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Brother in the Land

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I have that edition - when I orginally read it, it had a green cover IIRC and there was none of this happy ending malarky - the ending was



In the new edition I have the ending is



I prefer the original ending
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy should be added to this list.
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Cool thread! I'm a fan of this genre, I can't place my finger on why, I guess it's just an interesting concept about how humans cope when everything they know is taken away. Here are a few I have enjoyed over the last few months...

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank - Tis set in the 50/60's and is about a massive nuclear strike and the survivors in a small US town. Has an interesting cold war feel about it as a novel of this kind written/set in that era would have.

Emergence by David Palmer - Good fun this one - about a big nuclear war that kills everyone with the exception of a 11 year old girl who is a genius...but is she alone...? Appears to be out of print, but I picked up a paper back copy cheap from one of the various second hand sellers on the net.

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson - Pretty classic in my opinion, don't let the ropey Will Smith film put you off if you haven't read it.

A Wrinkle in the Sun by John Christopher - Follows the journey of a man in the UK following massive earthquakes that destroy everything and change the terrain of the land and sea.

Earth Abides by George Stewart - Life after a plague wipes most of us out

I have recently bought The Last Ship by William Brinkley and On the Beach by Neville Shute, but haven't got round to reading either yet. As Rik mentions above, I really enjoyed The Road too. Will have a look on my book shelf to see if there are anymore, I'm sure there are (although some cross into zombie style territory)...

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