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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by DanielHumphreys » Sun Jan 15, 2017 10:37 pm

JackBauer wrote:Just Finish reading M. R. Carey's The Girl with All the Gifts
http://www.amazon.com/Girl-All-Gifts-M- ... +the+gifts

Don't be put off by the cover or the synopsis, it's an exciting read

Fairly unique main plot, definitely worth the price.. and it's got some cool neuroscience stuff.
It was good but I thought the ending was disappointing.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by Shiloh » Mon Jan 16, 2017 11:36 am

The Passage by Justin Cronin is fantastic, first book of a trilogy. I won't ruin the story but it's interesting in that Cronin addresses both the immediate and long-term effects of an apocalyptic event while also keeping one hell of a story going. Reminds me somewhat of The Stand by Stephen King.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by JackBauer » Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:08 pm

Shiloh wrote:The Passage by Justin Cronin is fantastic, first book of a trilogy. I won't ruin the story but it's interesting in that Cronin addresses both the immediate and long-term effects of an apocalyptic event while also keeping one hell of a story going. Reminds me somewhat of The Stand by Stephen King.
Thanks for sharing this. I just ordered Book 1 for Kindle!
Seems like the first book is either a love or hate for reviewers on Amazon and GoodReads. Sounds like I'll love it, plus books 2 and 3 look great too.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

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Franklin Horton: The Borrowed World,Ashes of the Unspeakable,Legion of Despair,Locker Nine



In a night of devastating terror, ISIS operatives have unleashed a coordinated attack on America’s infrastructure. Life as we know it in America grinds to a halt as the electrical grid collapses, communication networks are damaged, critical bridges and dams are destroyed, and major fuel refineries go up in massive fiery clouds. When the government responds by immediately halting fuel sales to the public, Jim Powell finds himself in a terrifying predicament – trapped five hundred miles from home with a group of coworkers.

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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by Shiloh » Wed Jan 18, 2017 4:33 pm

JackBauer wrote:
Shiloh wrote:The Passage by Justin Cronin is fantastic, first book of a trilogy. I won't ruin the story but it's interesting in that Cronin addresses both the immediate and long-term effects of an apocalyptic event while also keeping one hell of a story going. Reminds me somewhat of The Stand by Stephen King.
Thanks for sharing this. I just ordered Book 1 for Kindle!
Seems like the first book is either a love or hate for reviewers on Amazon and GoodReads. Sounds like I'll love it, plus books 2 and 3 look great too.
I read the reviews too and was a bit skeptical, but I tore through the whole thing in about a week.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by JackBauer » Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:39 pm

Shiloh wrote:
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Shiloh wrote:The Passage by Justin Cronin is fantastic, first book of a trilogy. I won't ruin the story but it's interesting in that Cronin addresses both the immediate and long-term effects of an apocalyptic event while also keeping one hell of a story going. Reminds me somewhat of The Stand by Stephen King.
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Thanks for sharing this. I just ordered Book 1 for Kindle!
Seems like the first book is either a love or hate for reviewers on Amazon and GoodReads. Sounds like I'll love it, plus books 2 and 3 look great too.
I read the reviews too and was a bit skeptical, but I tore through the whole thing in about a week.
Finished it, great book but stretches things a bit in my opinion. Gonna hold off on reading book two to finish something else that came up:

Just picked up Hell Divers by Nick Smith
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Post by 91Eunozs » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:34 pm

Langenator wrote:I ran a search and didn't find it. I'm surprised nobody has mentioned Adrian's Undead Diary, at least in this thread.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by Thund888 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:01 am

been looking for something on the topic and I think I'll pick up The Passage by Justin Cronin from what you say here. hope will be back with a review soon

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Post by Thund888 » Mon May 22, 2017 9:07 am

Sorry, couldn't finish the novel. Guess vampires is just not my thing. Somehow I think zombies would have made the book much more engaging

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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by JackBauer » Fri May 26, 2017 10:00 am

A few recently published recommendations.

The Waking Gods, Book 2 of the Themis files by Sylvain Neuvel
The first book, Sleeping Giants doesn't have much regarding TEOTWAWKI or apocalypse, but the second book..like umm, some badass shit happens on a wide scale.

The Boy on the Bridge , I haven't read this yet but if it's same caliber as The Girl With All the Gifts (also now a fantastic movie!) we're in for a treat.
It's kinda prequel, but can be read standalone according to numerous sources.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by grennels » Sun May 28, 2017 1:18 pm

Read "The Passage Trilogy". Liked it.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by Close_enough » Tue May 30, 2017 3:44 pm

Verner Vinge - "Marooned in Realtime". It's not quite a PAW, but a post singularity world. Something happened with the increasing speed of technology development, and the population of Earth disappeared. A planet wide Mary Celeste. Except, for a few hundred survivors who were in stasis bubbles when it happened. Not quite a hard science sci-fi, but you need a basic understanding of physics to follow it.

Harlan Ellison - Generally weird writer, and a bit of a rockstar: "I have no mouth, and I must scream" and "A dog and his boy" come to mind for PAW SF. Do not read him if you're depressed.

Harry Harrison:"War With the Robots". Harrison has a pronounced anti-authoritarian streak that comes out, tongue in cheek, in his "Stainless Steel Rat" and "Bill the Galactic Hero" novels. Think Dilbert meets Ender's Game. Required hammock reading.

EDIT: While not a PAW novel, John Sanford and Ctien's "Saturn Run" belongs on the hard science sci-fi reading list.

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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by Happy Go Lucky » Wed Oct 18, 2017 3:01 pm

I just finished The Passage- recently cited by many here.
You can now get the three volumes in one- which makes a pretty weighty tome!

It reminded me of Stephen King's The Stand due to a substantial amount of mystical or religious overtones.
Some characters are doing things or able to do things for reasons that are never explained, but appear to demonstrate intervention from a higher power.

The characters are interesting and the social formations described are thoughtful.
The book also does an excellent presentation of the passage of time and loss of historical continuity a worldwide disaster would bring about.
Characters frequently come across written references or objects, familiar to the reader, but the characters living in the future can't conceive of the purpose or picture what is being described.

I also liked the way the book frequently employs journals - being read by others - to advance plot, etc.

Slight spoiler- The overall book is optimistic (despite the dire condition humanity finds itself) because it makes clear early on that humans in the far future are reading the previously mentioned journals; so we must survive as a species.
But the ending is rather abrupt - particularly after such a long novel. I kind of got the feeling even the author was getting tired of it.
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Post by The Twizzler » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:45 pm

It's been mentioned before but A Canticle for Liebowitz is awesome. It's hundreds of years after the fall of civilization and those who seek knowledge of the ancients try their best to preserve and understand the scraps left over. Even while living in a world of violence and ignorance it's quite funny in a dark humor sense. An example- one of the most educated monks of the order is trying to understand the legend of Fallout. What he believes was a huge monster that even the ancients feared. He literally believes it was a dragon like being. Most of their knowledge comes from the notes of an accountant (liebowitz) who lived before the nuclear apocalypse. He was just a regular guy but whole orders of monks sit and patiently try to decode what his lunch recipes mean.
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The Twizzler wrote:It's been mentioned before but A Canticle for Liebowitz is awesome. It's hundreds of years after the fall of civilization and those who seek knowledge of the ancients try their best to preserve and understand the scraps left over. Even while living in a world of violence and ignorance it's quite funny in a dark humor sense. An example- one of the most educated monks of the order is trying to understand the legend of Fallout. What he believes was a huge monster that even the ancients feared. He literally believes it was a dragon like being. Most of their knowledge comes from the notes of an accountant (liebowitz) who lived before the nuclear apocalypse. He was just a regular guy but whole orders of monks sit and patiently try to decode what his lunch recipes mean.
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Canticle is excellent. As I recall, it recounts a whole series of rises and falls.
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Post by Asymetryczna » Mon Oct 23, 2017 3:24 pm

I visited some 2d hand stores and other places over the weekend trying to find a cheap 5-gallon can for another poster to this site but was unlucky in this regard. I did find a box of .410 slugs for $5 and a paperback copy of A Canticle for Liebowitz.

As I have already read and own a copy, I'll send it free to the first person that PM's me with an address to send it.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by JackBauer » Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:24 pm

Reading Day One by Nate Kenyon. https://www.amazon.com/Day-One-Novel-Na ... 1250013216

So far a Pretty good, apoc-cyber-thriller somewhat in same vein with Suarez's works I quoted in OP.
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Post by Ellywick » Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:44 am

Canticle is awesome and probably up at the top of my list of favorite books. My favorite sci-fi has always been more philosophical in nature, using the genre to reflect core human issues.

To that end, my first recommendation is Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles. It and Canticle for Liebowitz are always connected in my mind because they both tell a greater story through the device of short, inter-connected stories spanning over time. I also read them at around the same time in my life. Martian Chronicles is a good exploration of many issues like Manifest Destiny, the confusion and violence that happen when cultures collide, and various ways people would handle apocalyptic events. And it's Bradbury, so the prose is well-written.

Second, Arthur C Clarke's Childhood's End is good. The overall premise can be clunky at times, but it is well written and a sci-fi classic. It is interesting to have a book exploring the lead-up to and ensuing apocalypse/end of humanity as something that is painful change, but not actually bad.

Lastly (for now off the top of my head), I think Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game can kind of fit in here. At minimum, I think it is fits as a commentary on the lines humans are willing to cross and how many we are willing to proverbially sacrifice to stave off a potential apocalyptic event. Some criticisms of the book state it glorifies violence and a military solution to complex issues. I would say if you feel that way after reading it, you didn't understand the book. It has 3 sequels, but the writing style changed in the second book and the first book completed Card's original thought process. So, it just felt like a whole new series that Card was propping up by using characters from the first book. The last two may be better, but I wasn't interested in reading them.
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Post by Zed Hunter » Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:37 pm

"Zombie Road" series, by David Sipmson. Starts out slow building multiple characters. Book 5 & 6 are quite good. The main character is very flawed. You have to buy into synthetic bio being carried out after the fall. Good action.

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Post by Langenator » Wed Feb 20, 2019 5:02 pm

If you're going to consider "crossover" between TEOTWAWKI apocalypse scenarios and traditional sci-fi, there's also The Longest Day by Christopher G. Nuttall.

Summary: it's a stand alone book in Nuttall's Ark Royal universe. The aliens attack and bombard Earth. So along with the standard sci-fi space battle part, you get some SMOD action from asteroids crashing to Earth, bringing everything from impact damage to tsunamis (when they land in the ocean) to major and long duration weather changes, and all the disruption that goes with these things.
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Post by RedKnightt » Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:43 am

As a child of the 80's I devoured the cheesy nuke war series that came out from Pinnacle, Zebra, Gold Eagle, etc:

Survivalist by Jerry Ahern: As mentioned, the first dozen or so are survival/war oriented, then turn sharply sci-fi. The author loves to give the details of all the gear (main character does not shoot a pistol, he shoots a Detonics Combat Master .45 with Federal 185 JHP while eating Mountain House Turkey Tetrazini with a Gerber AG Russell Sting II dagger, etc...) but a fun read

Ashes series by William W. Johnstone: these suffer from creative fading as the series goes on, and get ridiculously political at times (to the point of becoming unintentional(?) self-satire in the later books) but do cover a lot of space around the U.S. in a post holocaust world. The villains are often more interesting.

The Guardians by Richard Austin (Victor Milan): Hot shot team of 4 military (1 each from each service) who are supposed to guard the President in case of nuke war. Guess what.. there's a nuke war. The nuclear war science is pretty decent and only near the end does it start to get silly.

Deathlands by James Axler: Fun read that comes across as someone's Morrow Project/Gamma World RPG campaign.

Outrider by Richard Harding: Typical Lone Ranger type in post war (100+ years later) America fighting villainous warlords and romancing ladies. A personal favorite.

Traveler by D.B.Drumm (Ed Naha/John Shirley): Really fun PAW/sci-fi pulp series about a war vet who was exposed to a experimental neurotoxin and gets weird low grade psi powers, kinda. Fun villains and a definitive series ending (not common for these).

Doomsday Warrior by Ryder Stacy: Really terrible and hard to actually not read. It's like a train wreck, with Russians, guns and wackos. You can't not laugh as you read it, but you will read it. The author seems allergic to personal pronouns, for example he writes things like "Ted 'The Rock' Rockson picked up the Rock's gun and putting the stock to Ted Rockson's shoulder, fired at the Rock's enemies." Seriously. It's a very 80's series, and will make you want to kill a Commie for Mommy.
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Post by Dabster » Thu Jul 11, 2019 11:16 am

A recent post on flash mobs and astute observations by Robert Heinlein shocked me into recalling this book. I read it about ten years ago and really enjoyed it. The author depicts a fascinating post-apocalypse world, filled with believable characters and reasonable yet astounding technology. If you’ve read it -what did you think? If you haven’t -what are you waiting for?

Fitzpatrick's War
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The novel takes the form of an autobiography by a twenty-fifth century soldier, Brigadier General Sir Robert Mayfair Bruce, of the Yukon Confederacy, as edited by a prudish, bigoted academic of the twenty-sixth century, Professor Roland Modesty Van Buren. Bruce's story chronicles (and criticizes) the career of Lord Isaac Prophet Fitzpatrick, a consul of the fictional Yukon Confederacy whose life closely parallels that of Alexander the Great. This unique style allows the reader to simultaneously learn the "official history" of Fitzpatrick as well as the revisionist version of Bruce's purported work.
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