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16 September 2008 @ 11:58 am
I'm working on a list of post-apocalyptic style tales that I've loved over the years for sculptruth, who shares my love of this genre. I'm pretty sure I have a few other friends who are with us on this one.

My memory, however, is working against me here. What are some of your favourites? I'm hoping you'll hit on some of the ones I've read and loved so I can complete my list. (And also get some good recommendations while I'm at it O:> )

The ones I do recall:
"By the Waters of Babylon" by Stephen Vincent-Benét
Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden (young adult)
Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Lilith's Brood by Octavia Butler

Ones that I think aren't called out as post-/apocalyptic but I love for the same reasons I love that genre:
The Reality Dysfunction and The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter F. Hamilton
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
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sculptruth on September 16th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
May Contain Spoilers -- here are the two I told you about the other night
Earth Abides, George Stewart

Blindness, José Saramago

I know I have others in my library but these are the two I can immediately recollect at my workdesk :P

I am eagerly awaiting other contributions!
Satan's Tilt-A-Whirlsavannarama on September 16th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
I love "By the Waters of Babylon".

I love The Stand (Unabridged). I did not care much for the adaptation mini-series after the first third, and had some issues with the casting, although the characters of Tom Cullen and Trashcan Man were perfectly cast and I loved that. I hated Molly Ringwald in it, and I don't even hate her normally.

I own (and am psyching myself up to read) Cormac McCarthy's The Road.
Kburgunder on September 16th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
There are two poems I love as much as I love "By the Waters of Babylon" - which love doesn't really cover. Adore.

The first is "I Love the World" by New Model Army, although I was first introduced to it by Anacrusis' more-metal cover of it, and so the (Christian) in parenthesis is the original, and Anacrusis' generalized it to "religious". I prefer Anacrusis' version.

The roll of distant thunder breaks
The afternoon of silence wakes
They hurry through from Petergate
As if they know this dance

With fury blind I drive at night
Across the moors, the open roads
Beneath the freezing starry skies
Racing in some trance

These cities are illusions of
Some triumph over Nature's laws
We've seen the iron carcass rust
And building topple into dust

And as the waters rise it seems
We cling to all the rootless things:
Religious (NMA: Christian) lies, technology
While spirits scream and sing

Oh God, I love the World

Well, I never said I was a clever man
But I know enough to understand
That the endless leaps and forward plans
Will someday have to cease

We blind ourselves with comfort lies
Like lightning never strikes you twice
And laugh at your amazed surprise
As the Ark beings to sink

This Temple that we've built so well
To separate us from ourselves
Is a power grown beyond control
And a will without a face

I watch from outside and wish
I could wash my hands of this
But we are locked together here
In this bittersweet embrace

Oh God, I love the World

Then one day the final fire
Explodes across the whitened sky
I know you said you'd rather die
And make it over fast

With courage from your bravest friends
Waiting outside for the end
Not with bitterness but an innocence
that I can't seem to grasp

I know someone how I will survive
This fury just to stay alive
So drunk with sickness, weak with pain
I can walk the hills one last time
Scarred and smiling, dying slow
I'll scream to no one left at all

i told you so
I Told You So

... the 2nd is a poem called "Decadence" which I don't have memorized and found in a collection when I was ~12, so am going to see if I can hunt it down to share.
Kburgunder on September 16th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Oh! You know what? I forgot to tell you. Jake and I tried calling you on Sunday when we were in your 'hood. Sorry we missed you.
Satan's Tilt-A-Whirlsavannarama on September 16th, 2008 10:29 pm (UTC)
Aw, sometimes I leave my phone off ... thanks for thinking of me.
Varnvarn_ix on September 16th, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
The Peace War was good... Ultima VII, part II: Serpent Isle, Stephen Baxter's Vacuum Diagrams, as a much wilder extrapolation of the future than Hamilton envisions.

What else? I, Legend? Perhaps 1984. I don't particularly like Fallout-like scenarios, but these I remembered, at least. (Except for the Night's Dawn, that one ruled through and through.)
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Kburgunder on September 16th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC)
I thought of it too, but there are few books i loathe more so I decided I'd pretend I hadn't though of it.

It's a very well-executed book which is why I hate it.

Kind of like how I feel Quentin Tarantino - I hate him because he's way too good at what he does and just stresses me out too much.
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Kburgunder on September 16th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
If the next time I check out I think this, you're in big trouble, missy! ;>
Satan's Tilt-A-Whirlsavannarama on September 16th, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC)
I hate him because he's way too good at what he does and just stresses me out too much.

I laugh because it's true!

I really, really like him sometimes. And he's brutal! I loved Kill Bill, during which I squirmed horribly.
King Ratgkr on September 17th, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
The Postman, David Brin
Alas, Babylon, Pat Frank
Parable of the Sower, Octavia Butler
Forge of God, Greg Bear
Sword of the Spirits trilogy, John Christopher. Most brutal young adult novels I ever read. Some of his adult stuff looks apocalyptic too, but I haven't read that yet.
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter Miller Jr.

Douglaschiaspod on September 17th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
... damn you, Captain Literacy, for naming the four I was going to suggest. I don't read Butler, and haven't heard of John Christopher. :)

As for "The Postman" - the book is a megatillion times better than the movie. And unlike most of Brin's works, it actually has a finish.
King Ratgkr on September 17th, 2008 12:34 am (UTC)
You haven't heard of John Christopher? White Mountains aka Tripods trilogy?
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King Ratgkr on September 17th, 2008 02:08 am (UTC)
It's that series that got me hooked on SF.
Douglaschiaspod on September 17th, 2008 06:46 am (UTC)
Oh! Son of a bitch! I read that series back in my pre-teens; Boy's Life ran a serialization of it, and I went out and got the books.