Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence—the Four Horsemen of the
Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon—these are our guides through the
From the Book of Revelation to The Road Warrior, from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers
have long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales of
catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors have
addressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginative
fiction: the nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse.
Gathering together the best postapocalyptic literature of
the last two decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of speculative
fiction—including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol
Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King—Wastelands explores
the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to
remain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comes
through nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these are
tales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was,
in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins and
defending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders.
Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape,
uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre’s
core. Download and start listening now!