Monday, February 3, 2014

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable.
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Neq the Sword

Piers Anthony: Neq the Sword (1975)
3. part of the post apocalyptic science fiction trilogy "Battle Circle"

An age of darkness was descending upon the Empire. Soon there would be no food, no weapons and no honour--the laws of the nomads were forgotten in the struggle to survive.
Neq was the greatest of warriors. No man faced his sword without feeling its sting. Yet even he could not save the Empire alone, he needed the help of those who had begun its destruction.
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Thursday, December 5, 2013

Damnation Alley

The story opens in a post-apocalyptic Southern California, in a hellish world shattered by nuclear war decades before. Hurricane-force winds above five hundred feet prevent any sort of air travel from one state to the next, and sudden, violent, and unpredictable storms make day-to-day life a mini-hell. Hell Tanner, an imprisoned killer, is offered a full pardon in exchange for taking on a suicide mission—a drive through "Damnation Alley" across a ruined America from Los Angeles to Boston—as one of three vehicles attempting to deliver an urgently needed plague vaccine.
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Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Triffids - the Original

John Wyndham: The Day of the Triffids (1951)
The Day of the Triffids is a post-apocalyptic novel about a plague of blindness which befalls the entire world, allowing the rise of an aggressive species of plant.
As one of the great post-apocalyptic classics the novel has been made into one feature film three radio drama series, and two TV series in 1981 and 2009.
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Friday, November 22, 2013

A Canticle for Leibowitz

Walter M. Miller: A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)
A Canticle for Leibowitz is a post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer Walter M. Miller, Jr., first published in 1960. Set in a Catholic monastery in the desert of the southwestern United States after a devastating nuclear war, the story spans thousands of years as civilization rebuilds itself. The monks of the fictional Albertian Order of Leibowitz take up the mission of preserving the surviving remnants of man's scientific knowledge until the day the outside world is again ready for it.
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Eternity Road

Jack McDevitt: Eternity Road (1998)
In a post-Apocalypse America where almost everyone was killed by a plague over 1700 years prior, little is known about the ancient "Roadmaker" civilization that is said to have built the devastated ruins of enormous cities, and the magnificent roads that still cover the landscape. In the valley of the Mississippi River, a number of towns have united again, trade and science have begun anew.
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Steampunk Zombies

Cherie Priest: Boneshaker (2009)
Boneshaker is a science fiction novel by Cherie Priest which combines the steampunk genre with zombies in an alternate history version of Seattle, Washington. It was nominated for the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Novel
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