By John Joseph Adams
IT’S the tip OF the realm AS we all know IT...
For a long time, the apocalypse and its aftermath have yielded probably the most intriguing brief tales of all time. From David Brin’s seminal “The Postman” to Hugh Howey’s “Deep Blood Kettle” and Tananarive Due’s prescient “Patient Zero,” the top of the area keeps to thrill.
This significant other quantity to the seriously acclaimed WASTELANDS bargains thirty of the best examples of post-apocalyptic brief fiction, with works by:
Orson Scott Card
Toiya Kristen Finley
Milo James Fowler
Maria Dahvana Headley
Keffy R. M. Kehrli
Joe R. Lansdale
George R. R. Martin
Maureen F. McHugh
D. Thomas Minton
Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling
James Van Pelt
Award-winning editor John Joseph Adams has once more assembled a who’s who of brief fiction, and the result's not anything wanting amazing.
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