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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by pfcreed » Thu Mar 28, 2013 11:55 pm

On The beach by Neville Shute, good book. very involved and also dated. No zombies tho. its about nuclear fall out and everyone just waiting to die. I just read the first part to Wool, and all I can say is wow.

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Post by johngeste » Tue Apr 02, 2013 9:06 am

The Survivalist Series by Jerry Ahern. I know its known on the forum but wanted to add it to the thread.
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Post by JackBauer » Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:19 am

johngeste wrote:The Survivalist Series by Jerry Ahern. I know its known on the forum but wanted to add it to the thread.
Some great books there.. I remember reading through the whole series when I was in the army in the 80's.
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Post by furiousjorge » Sun Apr 07, 2013 2:32 am

tag for review later :D
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Post by JackBauer » Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:52 am

I'm a firm believer that a very possible PAW scenario is a regional/national/global digital infrastructure sabotage or collapse.

Almost everything we do in modern world relies on the digital infrastructure. Several of the books I've mentioned pose these scenarios and ponder the result. Most recent I read is a great one which explores what happens in NYC Cyberstorm
A lot of the action takes place in the Chelsea region of NYC, I have a medical center I service there. Author knows the turf and does a great job envisioning a digital collapse during the winter in NYC.
Must read, and it's a bargain at the kindle price!
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Post by Zombie309 » Wed May 15, 2013 3:01 am

To those of you who recommended Wool...thank you!
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Post by LyraJean » Fri May 17, 2013 10:02 pm

johngeste wrote:The Survivalist Series by Jerry Ahern. I know its known on the forum but wanted to add it to the thread.
I didn't know about it. Thanks for posting.
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Post by bltjr1951 » Sat May 18, 2013 12:49 pm

LyraJean wrote:I didn't know about it. Thanks for posting.
The first ten are great, then they go sci fi with deep freeze and future war.
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Post by cricketdave » Sat May 18, 2013 3:19 pm

Zombie fallout series by Mark Tufo, great reads and pretty funny at times.
Tomorrow when the war began series by John Marsden, not really Paw but very interesting and well written.
A very good man series by P.S. Power dark but compelling, interesting twists to the series.
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Post by grennels » Sat May 18, 2013 4:32 pm

LyraJean wrote:Blood Music by Greg Bear

Just finished that one. Pretty good.
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Post by grennels » Sat May 18, 2013 4:38 pm

Evan the Diplomat wrote:Lucifer's Hammer tops my list. I can't believe nobody has mentioned WARDAY! A 1980's nuclear exchange between the U.S. and the Soviets. Very interesting how the U.S. breaks up and the different survival mechanisms.

Has anyone read Ill Wind? It is about experimental oil eating microbes used to clean up an oil spill that get loose and consume all petroleum based products. Interesting to learn where your plastics reside and how society can't function without them.


And on a similar note - Nature's End.


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Post by Witchdoctor » Wed May 22, 2013 2:46 pm

Just finished reading a young adult novel called "Virulent- The Release". First time author Shelbi Wescott ( my daughter's English teacher) put this out this year. Good story with teen angst, hiding out in the local high school from a crazy "leader" and general end of the world stuff. Good job on building some characters, describing the Portland metropolitan area and building up a serialized story. If I did this link thing right, you click here Virulent: The Release [Kindle Edition]
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Post by Blackdog » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:15 am

Some I have read in the last few years that I think are pretty good reads and not mentioned much.

The Pest House
Jim Crace

http://www.amazon.com/The-Pesthouse-Vin ... pest+house

Far North
Theroux

http://www.amazon.com/Far-North-Novel-M ... 439&sr=1-1

Oryx and Crake
Atwood

http://www.amazon.com/Oryx-Crake-Margar ... ret+atwood

Year of the flood
Atwood

http://www.amazon.com/Year-Flood-Margar ... ret+atwood

A gift upon the shore
Wren

http://www.amazon.com/Gift-Upon-Shore-M ... 787&sr=1-1

The dog stars
Heller

http://www.amazon.com/The-Dog-Stars-ebo ... inw_strp_1
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Post by BigDaddyTX » Mon Jun 24, 2013 1:40 am

This'll probably just make you buy the Wool Omnibus, but Wool book 1 is free right now on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Wool-Part-One-ebo ... words=wool" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The whole "omnibus" is probably the length of a book though, so figure you'll probably just start getting into it...
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Post by jamesrobertsmith » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:09 pm

One of the best post-apocalyptic novels is an early one:

THE EARTH ABIDES.

http://www.amazon.com/Earth-Abides-Geor ... 0345487133
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Post by wjlundy » Fri Jun 28, 2013 11:43 am

jamesrobertsmith wrote:One of the best post-apocalyptic novels is an early one:

THE EARTH ABIDES.

http://www.amazon.com/Earth-Abides-Geor ... 0345487133
One of my favorites.
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Post by JackBauer » Fri Aug 09, 2013 3:18 pm

I'm rereading the two books I mentioned in the original post, John Barne's Daybreak & Directive 51 to refresh myself on the story details in anticipation of the upcoming book The Last President. It's due out in Kindle format first week in September 2013!
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Post by Happy Go Lucky » Wed Sep 18, 2013 3:04 pm

Just finishing "Alas, Babylon" - Not action driven or zombies, but for those who are more interested in a "real world" type scenario, I would recommend. Written in 1959 and it's obvious the writer was very well informed on the technical realities of nuclear weapons and had thought a lot about how communities would be effected (those that weren't incinerated, of course). Author Pat Frank.

"War Day" (recommended by others on this thread) is a similar scenario but very different approach.

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Post by grennels » Wed Sep 18, 2013 7:51 pm

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Post by DriveInMutant » Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:02 am

Found a copy of "The Road" for a $1, so I'm looking forward to what I can only assume is a joyful uplifting read... right?
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Post by ineffableone » Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:45 pm

wjlundy wrote:
jamesrobertsmith wrote:One of the best post-apocalyptic novels is an early one:

THE EARTH ABIDES.

http://www.amazon.com/Earth-Abides-Geor ... 0345487133
One of my favorites.
Yep I mentioned it earlier in this thread. It is amazing how well the book continues to be relevant even though it is so old. I found it to be one of the best PAW novels for realistic portrayal of the realities we might face in PAW.
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Post by Keith B » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:52 pm

Cockroach wrote:I'm rereading the two books I mentioned in the original post, John Barne's Daybreak & Directive 51 to refresh myself on the story details in anticipation of the upcoming book The Last President. It's due out in Kindle format first week in September 2013!
While I loved his premise, the books didn't hook me. I heard a rumor that his publisher made him politicize them, and I think that hurt the story.
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Re: Several must read SCi-fi based Apocalyptic novels

Post by MPMalloy » Mon Nov 18, 2013 9:58 am

Hey Everyone:

I am getting ready to read "Wolf & Iron" by Gordon R. Dickson. Has anyone here read that book? Please tell me about it!

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