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Old 07-08-2008, 17:44   #21
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Old 07-08-2008, 17:55   #22
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I'd like to suggest John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes which is excellent all the way through, although personally I found the ending rather trite and sudden; almost as though the author was told the original wasn't acceptable or something.

Larry Niven's Footfall is a great "invaders from space" story, and I liked it because there's no real science fantasy in here: the invaders don't have warp drives, phasers or anything like that (although they do have lasers, there is nothing unreal about them)

Probably one of the most downbeat "after the Bomb" stories is David Mace's FireLance - it's no giveaway to say that this really is the end of the world, because that's clear right from the first page.

You might also try Stephen Baxter's various works - many of his novels tie into the "Xeelee Sequence"; technically, Ring is the final book, although it;s quite possible to read it on it's own. And it includes the ultimate apocalypse.

And let's not forget good old War of the Worlds
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Old 07-08-2008, 18:19   #23
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but I thought the BOOK of "battlefield earth" to be quite good. Yes I know the film was cack.

Whilst on this subject perhaps someone can help identify a couple of books.

1) Based on earth but different peoples, almost tribes. One character travels and beleives that they were once one tribe having seen the smae word in different areas. Library, if I remember correctly. I think one tribe was called Shumani. One of the tribes prided themselves on being able to run very fast as well.

2) main characters thought they were human but weren't. Remember a fair bit about intertwining tails being part of a friendship activity. Had hidden in caves due to sun spots or asteriods or something.
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Old 07-08-2008, 18:20   #24
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Douglas Coupland - Girlfriend in a Coma is worth a read if you fancy something a bit different
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Old 07-08-2008, 18:32   #25
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Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke is another one from the 50s. Agree with Rik Booth though - really liked The Road.

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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
Read that in my early teen years and loved it, my english teacher thought I was a freak for liking that sort of stuff! Just checked my bookcase and I only seem to have Lair left, which was my least favourite of the trilogy. Typical!


EDIT: Just remembered one from my school curriculum, no idea on the name but it was about a young girl in a valley (in australia?) after a nuclear war. Her parents went to look outside the valley to see what had happened, and her bro snook along with them, and none returned. Left her alone til a bloke appears in a ripped rad suit. Was all about their relationship (and not in a romantic way).

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Z for Zacharia it sounds like and a classic.

For them that likes James Herbert and the apocalyse, you could do worse than '48' and see which bits 28 Weeks Later ripped off the best.

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I think 48 is available in pretty much every charity shop in the country for about 79p
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Old 07-08-2008, 19:02   #28
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UIf it's the one I'm thinking of ( the aftermath of a Nuclear war? ) the science in that is fairly poor. Like radioactive decay.

OP : How about Asimov's Robots/Foundation/Elijah Bailey series? A lot of books to get through but there are suggested reading order lists around.

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Very similar topic here.
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Z for Zacharia it sounds like and a classic.
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For them that likes James Herbert and the apocalyse, you could do worse than '48' and see which bits 28 Weeks Later ripped off the best.

I think 48 is available in pretty much every charity shop in the country for about 79p
I'd be tempted to pick that up too, but just discovered it on my bookshelf between Imajica and a Brian Lumley vampire book - despite never hearing of it before?!?!?! I'll give it a read, and ponder its mysterious appearance at a later date!
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Probably one of the most downbeat "after the Bomb" stories is David Mace's FireLance - it's no giveaway to say that this really is the end of the world, because that's clear right from the first page.
Just ordered this. Cheers.

I don't have many end of the world books - just the ones mentioned above. But I do have a good line in films. Threads, Testament, The Day After, Failsafe, Sum of all Fears, Survivors (TV series) Series One, When the Wind Blows...and probably more
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Well I finally ploughed my way through Firelance. A brilliant read if you like end of the world stuff. A bit slow, and what I would call a 'man's book' at the risk of being sexist. Lots of technical military detail but overall very enjoyable if not desperately bleak. It took me a while to get into it but mid way through I couldn't put it down.

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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.
Not seen the film or the forerunner, The Omega Man, but the book is fantastic.
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How about Swan Song by Robert R McCammon - an excellent read !
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I'm amazed A Canticle for Leibowitz hasn't been mentioned yet. It's a genuine classic
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Oldies but goodies are :-

World in Winter, Death of grass by John Cristopher,

slightly more upto date, King Blood and Blood Crazy by Simon Clark

Monster Island does an intersting take on the Zombie style end of the world. By David Wellington.
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