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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 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.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Blackstone Publishing
Imprint:
Skyboat Media
Edition:
Unabridged
Publication Date:
2014
Series:
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (2007)

Format

  • OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 466.4 MB
  • OverDrive Listen 466.3 MB

Octavia E. Butler (Author)

J. Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won eight AudioFile Earphones Aw...

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Octavia E. Butler (Contributor)

J. Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won eight AudioFile Earphones Aw...

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Orson Scott Card (Author)

Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, one of very few African American women in the field. She won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and was the first science fiction writer ever to receive the MacArthur F...

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Orson Scott Card (Contributor)

Octavia E. Butler (1947–2006) was an American science fiction and fantasy writer, one of very few African American women in the field. She won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and was the first science fiction writer ever to receive the MacArthur F...

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John Joseph Adams (Author)

John Joseph Adams is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, including Wastelands, The Living Dead, and The Way of the Wizard. A six-time Hugo finalist and five-time World Fantasy Award nominee, he is also the editor and publisher of the magaz...

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John Joseph Adams (Editor)

John Joseph Adams is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, including Wastelands, The Living Dead, and The Way of the Wizard. A six-time Hugo finalist and five-time World Fantasy Award nominee, he is also the editor and publisher of the magaz...

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Paolo Bacigalupi (Contributor)

Paolo Bacigalupi is the author of the highly acclaimed The Drowned Cities and the New York Times bestseller Ship Breaker, which was also a Michael L. Printz Award winner and a National Book Award finalist. He is also the author of The Windup Girl ...

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George R. R. Martin (Author)

Orson Scott Card, a New York Times bestselling author, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. He lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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George R. R. Martin (Contributor)

Orson Scott Card, a New York Times bestselling author, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. He lives with his family in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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Stephen King (Author)

Stephen King has written more than fifty books, many hitting the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story "The Man in the Black Suit." He i...

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Stephen King (Contributor)

Stephen King has written more than fifty books, many hitting the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story "The Man in the Black Suit." He i...

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Gene Wolfe (Author)

Susan Hanfield is a 2014 Audie-nominated narrator, nominated for Ender's Game Alive. Susan comes from a strong classical theater background and loves bringing deep characterizations to all of her work. She has narrated over twenty books including ...

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Gene Wolfe (Contributor)

Susan Hanfield is a 2014 Audie-nominated narrator, nominated for Ender's Game Alive. Susan comes from a strong classical theater background and loves bringing deep characterizations to all of her work. She has narrated over twenty books including ...

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Tobias S. Buckell (Contributor)

George R. R. Martin sold his first story in 1971 and has been writing professionally ever since. He spent ten years in Hollywood as a writer-producer, working on The Twilight Zone, Beauty and the Beast, and various feature films and television pil...

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Jonathan Lethem (Author)

Jonathan Lethem is the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and the National Book Critics Circle Award winner Motherless Brooklyn. Lethem's stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper...

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Jonathan Lethem (Contributor)

Jonathan Lethem is the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and the National Book Critics Circle Award winner Motherless Brooklyn. Lethem's stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper...

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Susan Hanfield (Narrator)

Gabrielle de Cuir has narrated over one hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. Her "velvet touch" as an actor's director has earned her a special place in the audiobook ...

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Susan Hanfield (Director)

Gabrielle de Cuir has narrated over one hundred titles and specializes in fantasy, humor, and titles requiring extensive foreign language and accent skills. Her "velvet touch" as an actor's director has earned her a special place in the audiobook ...

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M. Rickert (Contributor)

Jonathan Lethem is the author of a number of critically acclaimed novels, including The Fortress of Solitude and the National Book Critics Circle Award winner Motherless Brooklyn. Lethem's stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Harper...

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Creators

Author :
Octavia E. Butler
Contributor :
Octavia E. Butler
Author :
Orson Scott Card
Contributor :
Orson Scott Card
Narrator :
Judy Young
Narrator :
Arthur Morey
Contributor :
Richard Kadrey
Narrator :
Others
Author :
John Joseph Adams
Editor :
John Joseph Adams
Contributor :
Carol Emshwiller
Contributor :
Nancy Kress
Narrator :
Paul Boehmer
Narrator :
Gabrielle De Cuir
Contributor :
Paolo Bacigalupi
Narrator :
Emily Janice Card
Author :
George R. R. Martin
Contributor :
George R. R. Martin
Author :
Stephen King
Contributor :
Stephen King
Narrator :
Lisa Renee Pitts
Contributor :
Jack McDevitt
Narrator :
Hillary Huber
Author :
Gene Wolfe
Contributor :
Gene Wolfe
Contributor :
John Langan
Contributor :
Tobias S. Buckell
Contributor :
James Van Pelt
Narrator :
Harlan Ellison
Contributor :
Cory Doctorow
Author :
Jonathan Lethem
Contributor :
Jonathan Lethem
Contributor :
Elizabeth Bear
Narrator :
Various Narrators
Contributor :
Neal Barrett Jr.
Narrator :
Stefan Rudnicki
Director :
Claire Bloom
Narrator :
Alex Hyde-White
Contributor :
Dale Bailey
Contributor :
Jerry Oltion
Narrator :
Susan Hanfield
Director :
Susan Hanfield
Contributor :
Catherine Wells
Contributor :
M. Rickert
Contributor :
David Grigg
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