December 29th, 2011, 11:43 AM
Post Apocalyptic survival...
I'm looking for a Post Apocalypse genre and struggling to find exactly what I'm after.
I know this has been asked before, but I'm looking for something specific and every topic I've searched is a general PA search.
What I was after was a post-apocalyptic novel that depicts a group of people surviving against all odds. Not so much a family, but neighbours or strangers strung together due to the end of the world.
Something like the book Alas Babylon by Pat Frank, or the TV shows; The Walking Dead or Jericho.
I'm not fussed when, where or how.
Thank you for your time
December 29th, 2011, 11:50 AM
You've read Stephen King's The Stand, yes? If not, that's your go-to book really.
Failing that, there are plenty of other things to choose from depending on how you want your world to end, I guess. Everything from Niven & Pournell's Footfall to Tanith Lee's Eva Fairdeath, on a sliding scale of science-to-whimsy.
If you're really not that fussy, there was an eighties series of 10+ thin pulps called The Survivalist which was basically Mad Max in a fancy hat, but I doubt they're still in print. They don't deserve to be, in all honesty.
December 29th, 2011, 11:58 AM
I was going to recommend The Stand as well, a great piece of work by King, one of my favorites. But there is another I have in my collection I haven't read yet, Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon which is compared rather favorably with The Stand.
December 29th, 2011, 12:02 PM
The books I've read in that vein, most recently, were The Passage, by Justin Cronin and The Reapers are the Angels, by Alden Bell. I would highly recommend either/both.
December 29th, 2011, 01:33 PM
These were the two that sprang to my mind as well. I would say the Passage fits what you are looking for a little closer since Reapers follows a single character. I enjoyed both though.
Originally Posted by PeterWilliam
December 29th, 2011, 02:48 PM
]Ashes by Ilsa J Bick , Reaper are the Angels by Alden Bell and the NewsFlesh books ( Feed / Deadline/Blackout)
All those were excellent.
December 29th, 2011, 08:33 PM
I highly recommend Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon.
December 30th, 2011, 12:18 AM
I too am a big fan of the genre., and all the ones mentioned here are great. I would add The Road of course and Oryx and Crakewas good. It seems like there are some really solid ideas out there but most are attached to a new YA series and a few are actuallyOK. Woul like a recommendations though.
December 30th, 2011, 11:10 AM
Try "Earth Abides" by George R. Stewart. It might be what you are looking for.
December 31st, 2011, 01:16 PM
You can also look at the books in the Novels of the Change by S.M. Stirling. There are no zombies or magic but it is pretty interesting when the whole world gets thrown back to the bronze age.
December 31st, 2011, 06:00 PM
Well that's a lot of post-apocalypse fiction, both fantasy and SF. Certainly most of the zombie stories are going to have that. But you could try on the fantasy side Steven R. Boyett's Ariel and later sequel Elegy Beach, and on the SF side, try The Plague Year by Jeff Carlson.
Originally Posted by Georgee
December 31st, 2011, 08:57 PM
Have you tried the TV series 'Jeremiah'? It took me a bit of time to get past seeing Luke Perry and Malcolm-Jamal Warner (and later Sean Astin) in such different roles, but once I did, I found quite a lot to like about the show. I enjoy the two that you mention, but imo they aren't as good as I think that Jeremiah is. I'd recommend checking it out if you haven't already.
Originally Posted by Georgee
January 2nd, 2012, 10:28 AM
Swang Song and The Passage are my favorites.
January 7th, 2012, 01:10 AM
I really enjoyed these books. The premise is that for some unexplained reason, the laws of nature change and electricity and gunpowder no longer work. Naturally, chaos ensues and 90% of the population dies off. Roving bands of cannibals search for prey. These books center around a few different factions that survive and try to build new societies. The first trilogy consists of:
Originally Posted by Khale
DIES THE FIRE
THE PROTECTOR'S WAR
MEETING AT CORVALLIS
January 7th, 2012, 04:20 PM
Try Kingdom River by Mitchell Smith: The Snowfall Trilogy.
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