In a world dominated by America’s heavy hand, an independent scientist reveals the secret of fast, cheap interstellar travel, sparking an exodus like none in history. When anyone with a few hundred dollars and a little ingenuity can build their own spaceship, even American citizens can’t wait to get out from under the United States's domineering thumb.
Trent and Donna Stinson, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, seal up their pickup for vacuum and go looking for a better life among the stars, but they soon learn that you can’t outrun your problems. America’s belligerent foreign policy is expanding just as fast as the world’s refugees, threatening to destroy humanity’s last chance for peaceful coexistence. When their own government tries to kill them for exercising the freedoms that people once took for granted, Trent and Donna reluctantly admit that America must be stopped. But how can patriotic citizens fight their own country? And how can they succeed where the rest of the world has failed?
Some jobs have really unusual qualifications—which can lead to both reluctance and legal complications!
One of the biggest problems of a remote research outpost is equipment maintenance—which means more and requires more imagination than you might think!
If this story seems familiar, there’s a very simple (but hardly mundane!) explanation…
When your circumstances change, so do your ambitions—sometimes drastically!
Telling people the truth is easy. Getting them to hear it is another matter!
Some phenomena might appear quite devoid of practical applications, but…
What if they’re right?
A Nebula Award-winning author presents a powerful novel of intergalatic travel, allies from another world, and a mad scientist that follows Allen Meisner, a member of INSANE (International Network of Scientists Against Nuclear Extermination) who develops a powerful hyperdrive engine that is used to save humanity.
The beginning of this books was written as a short story and published in Analog Science Fiction and Facts magazine in April 1985. The complete book was first published in 2001.
A wise being takes advantage of all opportunities—but that doesn’t mean what you might think!
What could be a more radical approach to politics than this?
Just because a phenomenon looks “supernatural” doesn’t mean you can’t learn to use it—and maybe, eventually, even to understand it!
A key step in solving any problem is to identify its real cause…
A good engineer takes the unexpected in stride…
Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon — these are our guides through the Wastelands…
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 post-apocalyptic 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.
Complete with introductions and an indispensable appendix of recommendations for further reading, Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre’s core.
John Joseph Adams is the assistant editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and a freelance writer. His website is www.johnjosephadams.com.
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is available now. Look for it wherever books are sold, or order online from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Powell’s Books, or directly from the publisher, Night Shade Books.
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