We made it! The world didn’t blow up. But in case you were eagerly awaiting the event, I thought to list a few science fiction novels that deal with the apocalypse.
That way if you’re disappointed, you can experience it and realize how lucky we are that it didn’t happen.
Whew! (wiping sweat from brow)
Next month, our science fiction readers group will be discussing The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. I reviewed this post apocalyptic story back awhile and recommended it. You have to stick with it a bit at the beginning, but the final story will make you pause and think about what we are doing in the genetic world.
And how dangerous fooling with mother nature can be if we’re not careful.
Another recent post apocalypse story is the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This best selling science fiction trilogy takes place after worldwide disaster and deals with the lengths politicians will go to gain power and control. I have found that young women in their twenties to thirties are particularly avid about the story. The twelve political districts are required each year to have a lottery to select two candidates (a boy and a girl) to enter the “games.” These candidates are pitted against each other and the survivor becomes a hero for the year. Makes for an interesting book on how twenty four people kill each other off.
On the Beach by Nevil Shute is a famous apocalyptic story that was made into a movie.
Here are few other well known disaster style novels that I have read and were recommended on several science fiction reading lists
Lucifer’s Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournell
A Canticle for Leibowitz by George R. Stewart
Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt
I am Legend by Dean Koontz (also made into a movie)
Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Last Light by Alex Scarrow
The Postman by David Brin (also a movie)
Happy Holidays to everyone. (today’s my birthday, so I’m going to run)
I’ll see you next week with a beginning list of science fiction books I plan to read for the New Year and an analysis of those I read this past year.