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And after, there are the survivors who persevere and try to rebuild. Post-apocalyptic fiction is about worlds that have already burned. Apocalyptic fiction is about worlds that are burning. It was a special pleasure to see things eaten, to see things blackened and changed. With the brass nozzle in his fists, with this great python spitting its venomous kerosene upon the world, the blood pounded in his head, and his hands were the hands of some amazing conductor playing all the symphonies of blazing and burning to bring down the tatters and charcoal ruins of history. He was a fan of my post-apocalyptic anthology.

Around that time, I was toying with the notion of editing collaborative anthologies to help my books reach new audiences. So given our shared love of all things apocalyptic—and how well we hit it off in person—I suggested that Hugh and I co-edit an anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction. Obviously, since his name is on the cover beside mine, Hugh said yes. And what could be more full of drama and excitement than stories where the characters can actually see the end of the world coming?

At this point I felt like I was really onto something. But while I love apocalyptic fiction in general, my real love has always been post-apocalypse fiction in particular, so I was loathe to give up on my idea of doing an anthology specifically focused on that. So when we recruited authors for this project, we encouraged them to consider writing not just one story for us, but. The Apocalypse Triptych. Not everyone could commit to writing stories for all three volumes, but the vast majority of our authors did, so most of the stories that appear in this volume will also have sequels or companion stories in volumes two and three.

Each story will stand on its own merits, but if you read all three volumes, the idea is that your reading experience will be greater than the sum of its parts. Dancing With Death involves an incurable disease that puts its victims into a paralysis but they can still think clearly. One of the main characters in the story is a caretaker for his father who has Alzheimer's. In Wedding Day, a to be married lesbian couple could have possibly escaped certain death from an impending meteor strike if only the government didn't halt all marriages.

Update: Removal Order by Tananarive Due. With no real explanation of what has caused the world to go into its demise, the story jumps right in with Nayama who is taking care of her Grandmother who has cancer. A story about sacrifice and love. Caring for a loved one outweighs the fact that the world is dying around you. A strange but interesting story about an alien invasion. The aliens are going to zap the whole world into dust but promises a new heavenly life on a new planet that will occur on a certain date at an exact time.

First though, random people around the world are chosen as enforcers to eliminate anyone who doesn't follow instructions given by the aliens. I am hoping this story has a continuation in the next book, the end is filled with foreboding of the ultimate fate of the enforcers. A story that warns about Propaganda and blindly following those that use power and violence to get people to submit.

View 1 comment. Sep 23, Bogdan rated it it was ok Shelves: anthology , short-stories , post-apocalyptic. The first half was quite boring and I was very close to let it go. Dancing with the dead in the land of Nod, Will McIntosh - Was the first one that was an easy and interesting read. The fifth day of Deer camp, Scott Sigler - A real prelude to the next story so nothing big happened here, but still easy to get into. The aliens are here. What will we do?! Pretty soon the four horsemen are going to come riding through, Nancy Kress.

Quite a long title. This one was also interesting. There are some special kids with that, after a big event, have lost some of their senses. Spores, Seanan McGuire - Maybe the scariest and the most thrilling one. About a fungus type spore that spreads and spreads Agent Unknown, David Wellington - Vampire like end of the world.

Some cannibalistic rituals included. Overall, I enjoyed only seven stories from twenty two. Not such a good number, eh!? Mar 06, Amber rated it liked it. I'm a huge fan of Adams' anthologies and of apocalyptic fiction, and I love the idea of this triptych that will show three different aspects of The End: before, during, and after. So, needless to say, I was very excited going in. However, I thought this one was kind of mediocre. Besides I'm a huge fan of Adams' anthologies and of apocalyptic fiction, and I love the idea of this triptych that will show three different aspects of The End: before, during, and after.

Besides the disappointing quality of stories, the nature of the apocalypses also weren't as varied as I had hoped they would be. It was far too overused in this anthology. However, I will give the collection credit for doing an excellent job keeping the stories pre-apocalypse. I feel like a lot of during-apocalypse stories show some of the events leading up to the end, so I was afraid this anthology would slide into giving us the actual apocalypse rather than just the events leading up to it, giving us two during-apocalypse anthologies in the triptych. But with a couple exceptions the stories did an excellent job of remaining pre-apocalypse.

Overall, I had high hopes for this anthology, but was left rather unimpressed. Below, I will individually rate and discuss each of the stories. It is going to be pretty spoiler heavy, so I will hide it. Ye've been warned. It is funny to think that this cynical con artist will likely be regaled by the survivors as a prophet, martyr, and hero, while in reality he is skipping town with their money.

The loss of a star isn't really because of anything wrong with the story not one I can put my finger on, anyway , but because I felt I could have liked it more. Maybe if we had gotten to know the kid a little deeper or if there had been a touching moment between them or something. They were mostly just kinda reserved and distant around each other, and I wish they had warmed to one another a little more. Some emotional element was missing.

Otherwise, excellent story. Heaven is a Place on Planet X - 4 stars This was a creepy little dystopia, and I liked the uniqueness of this apocalypse. While I don't mind the classics, it is always nice to see one that breaks the mold a little. The tanks in the end and the fact the countdown clock turned out to be rather meaningless points to the latter. The docked star is, again, because I felt I could have cared for the characters even more if we had explored them deeper.

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I really liked the characterization of the narrator and how he wasn't really an active player in the apocalypse. He was just some hyperactive high school kid who wanted to make videos and perform crazy stunts. He could care less about the politics that were tearing the world apart. This really made him feel like an actual person. However, a lot of the world-building and plot were rather murky. Like, I get that the government is drafting younger and younger people into their war, and the red bandanas are the resistance I think.

But why would the red bandanas shoot up a peaceful anti-war rally? Aren't they themselves anti-war? And why does being a red bandana allow one to beat the shit out of a teacher in public with no consequences whatsoever? Shouldn't the government or the cops or someone put a stop to that? And why is that one guy always called a "robot"? Does he have robotic parts, or does he just act like one?

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And if he is just acting, WHY?! Had these questions been answered thoroughly enough so I could tell what the hell was going on, the story would have been a lot better. I also hated the ending. It goes from this serious, sad moment to a childish "This would make a great set piece. This ending could have been an emotional, impactful moment, but instead it was rendered meaningless and silly.

Basically, certain human's are being downloaded into computer programs, making them more powerful than the human mind or a simple computer program can ever hope to be on its own. Then, of course, it is hinted that these new AI people will take over the world, "will not be chained," by their human masters.

However, I didn't so much like the execution of this story. The whole thing is just really info-dumpy. Even worse, the info-dumps and dialogue, which are really the same thing were bogged down in incomprehensible computer jargon. If you are literate in computer programmer terminology, this may not be a problem. But to me it was so much gibberish. So there were entire chunks of this story that I didn't really understand. This just seemed really unnecessary, considering the fact not all your readers will have PhD's in computer programming, sir. So you can cut the pomposity and just tell the damn story, thank you kindly.

Wedding Day - 2 stars This one marks the first of many incoming comet stories. It also wasn't very good. I think it was supposed to be heartbreaking and bittersweet, as the characters were finally getting their long awaited wedding as the comet was beginning to hit. However, the characters and their relationship were so cheesy and artificial that I just didn't care.

In fact, I think I actually laughed out loud more than once at their interactions. They were always drinking wine together and looking deep into the other's eyes and touching each other's faces gently and UGH. So instead of being heartbreaking, this story just felt contrived and generic. Removal Order - 2 stars I don't know.

This one seemed somehow…pointless. Then the grandma is killed, and Nayima just kinda shrugs and moves on.

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The End is Nigh (The Apocalypse Triptych) (Volume 1) [Hugh Howey, Jamie Ford , Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Sarah Langan, Nancy Kress, Paolo. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Adams and Howey are a two-man tour-de-force of post-apocalyptic . Conceptually, the Apocalypse Triptych, of which the End is Nigh is volume one, is ingenious. I especially liked the promise that several of the .

I mean, she was definitely sad about it, but she wasn't as affected by it as she should have been. She didn't rant, rave, feel lost, or reconsider what to do with her life. She wasn't even mad at the guy who killed her. She just immediately packed up the car and left without actively showing she was affected by, you know, the fact someone just shot her grandma in the face.

Well, and the grandma was basically dying anyway. Her death would have been a little more meaningful from a storytelling perspective. I'm not saying the death of a person is ever meaningless or unimportant if she had perhaps been making a recovery, so her loss would have been more impactful. Thus, very little mattered in the end. The grandmother would have died anyway, and the granddaughter wasn't affected in any meaningful way by her death. So what was the point of this whole farce?

At last, we get a good story after a long stream of crap. The characters were actually likeable and felt like real people, and the story was intelligent, intriguing, and relevant. I mean, I've seen the "EMP wiping out all technology" apocalypse done many times before, and this story could perhaps be called simple, as it didn't really add anything new to this concept.

But I really have no concrete complaints and was so grateful for the relief of a decent story that I don't even care. Five stars for you, System Reset! This Unkempt World is Falling to Pieces - 4 stars I loved how this one was a steampunk apocalypse, which is something I don't see too often, and I thought the world-building was well done, if a little simple.

But I actually kind of appreciated that. I've seen many steampunk worlds overdo the world-building to the point where it just feels absurd, so the simplicity of this one made it more believable and genuine. Liked the characters. Liked the plot. Again, I guess these elements are also somewhat simple, but the story was amusing, unique, and got the job done. It was the second comet-apocalypse, but I wasn't tired of it yet, so overall, a good little story.

The apocalypse was very unique and intelligent. Some years ago, God's voice began speaking to everyone in their minds, and instructed them that on a certain day they should all eat poisoned meat and ascend to join him. One girl, however, has never heard his voice, and everyone around her is told the same cryptic message: "Bring her to me. Like, is it really God speaking to everyone, or is it something else? Why can't Pea hear this voice? What does it mean, "Bring her to me"?

As in, physically? As in, kill her? I really hope this story is continued in the later anthologies, because it had excellent characters, an intelligent plot, and a very intriguing apocalypse. And I really need to know what happens next! In the Air - 3 stars This was my first Hugh Howey I have Wool sitting in my pile, but haven't read it yet , so I'm sad this one felt so meh. It was certainly well-written, but I had some problems with the unanswered questions.

Okay, so the government has been filling everyone with nanobots, and now they have decided to use these to kill all their citizens but a privileged few. But, um, why? How does it benefit them that all their citizens are dead? Is this some kind of insane power play, so they can be kings of the wreckage? But without people to govern, you really wouldn't have power at all. Queen of what? The answer is nothing. And is the rest of the world on board with this? Do they even know?

If not, won't they be like "Um.

America now consists of like or however many people" and either take over, kill the madmen who did this, or both? Or did the U. In which case, again, they have made themselves kings over a whole lot of nothing. I have a feeling Howey will probably write stories for the next anthologies, since, you know, he is also the co-editor, so maybe these things will be answered later on.

But these stories are supposed to be standalone, so it is shitty that this was left with so many murky motivations and loose threads. Goodnight Moon - 4 stars This one was very sweet and heartbreaking. I cared about all the characters, so I was genuinely sad when death was fast approaching for them.

The ending made me tear up a little, which is always a sign you have succeeded in making me care. The loss of a star is just that the plot was a little simple besides the emotional characterization and, by this point, I'm starting to get a little weary of the comet-apocalypse. But still a decent story for all that. Dancing with Death in the Land of Nod - 5 stars Loved it.

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Again, loved that it had a unique virus rather than just a generic people-are-dying one. Here, people become paralyzed and cannot move unless someone initiates the action. The onset of the disease begins with a seizure, one which begins in the neck and makes its victim nod uncontrollably. Houses without Air - 5 stars I thought this apocalypse was particularly creepy.

It is scary to think of a world where we are quickly running out of oxygen. I thought the world-building and characterizations were especially good, and the little "Houses" they burned as a monument to our dying world was a very emotional ending. My only question is whether they actually burned their little Houses or not. They put lit matches in all of them, but it kept saying they guttered out. Some of the Houses even had water in the bottom, so those couldn't have burned.

Was this just a symbolic gesture, then, or did the Houses really burn? Not knowing didn't detract from my love of this story, just makes me curious. Overall, though, a very good story. The Fifth Day of Deer Camp - 3 stars I thought this one was well-written and the characters were fleshed-out and likeable, but…I don't know…I'm just not a fan of the whole "rednecks see a UFO, oh my God! It felt like something you would read in a tabloid magazine. I don't know. Just wasn't my thing. Enjoy the Moment - 3 stars By this point, the incoming comet apocalypse is starting to be really frustrating.

And I really didn't like the main character. She was jealous and far too concerned with becoming famous. I think that was the point, but those just aren't goals that I understand of sympathize with, especially when she lets these things rule her life. I was also super annoyed that everyone was blaming her in the end. I mean, she is the one whose actions led to finding out there was an approaching comet that would fuck Earth up, but it would still have been coming whether she discovered it or not. She just helped give everyone warning; she didn't make the comet's trajectory come so close to Earth.

So everyone needed to calm the hell down. Overall, just a mediocre story. It wasn't a particularly exciting or climactic one, but it makes you think.

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What if part of the population was suddenly being born super passive and incapable of violence? I can't decide which is the scarier future, one where these peaceful beings are abused and persecuted or one where everyone has become passive and non-violent I mean, we wouldn't exactly be "human" anymore without our inherent violence, would we? It would become some sort of everyone-is-overly-friendly universe. Either way, Earth wouldn't be the same. The characters, again, were also likeable and felt real.

Spores - 5 stars You know, there are only a handful of things that well and truly freak me out. Fungus, in all its various forms, is one of them. Fucking fungus. So a fungus-apocalypse is just about the scariest thing I can think of, especially when it is a fungus that is resistant to bleach and anti-fungals and poisons. A fungus that is highly contagious and spreads quickly. A story that can freak me the eff out this much I still feel like washing my hands compulsively is a 5 star, especially when combined with good characters and plot. She's got a Ticket to Ride - 4 stars A decent enough story.

I liked how the "cult" was actually shown to be a rational, science-believing organization. The main character and I went in expecting a bunch of religious zealots, but found a normal, intelligent girl in her right mind. However, I didn't really fall in love with any of the characters, even though they were likeable enough to get the job done, and yet again we get another damn comet apocalypse. These weren't terrible flaws, but they warrant the loss of a star. Agent Unknown - 3 stars Meh. This one was just your typical zombie apocalypse. I mean, I like zombie apocalypse stories, but the plot of this one was your basic "What is this new virus?

Shit, it's zombies! I will give it props for the whole "incubation period is 20 years" thing. It is creepy to think about not knowing who is infected and who isn't, as the symptoms don't show up until it is too late. I feel, though, it would have been better served in the End is Now anthology where we could have seen the quarantine camps and felt the heighted paranoia.

In this story, it is just an interesting concept only dealt with in passing. And none of the characters were deep enough to carry the story. Not that they were unlikeable, but they were just bland enough that I didn't really care. Enlightenment - 1 star Not good. My main problem is that the narrator bought into cannibalism WAY too easily. I understand she was going through some shit, but she shouldn't have bought into it so fucking fast.

Some dude feeds her his arm, and she rightly flips shit and runs out. But then, a short time later, she feels guilty about ditching his dinner party and being rude. Um, no. He effing fed you his arm. Your response was justified. Then she begins to believe his BS and starts eating herself. She thinks it isn't so bad because she isn't eating anyone else, but it is still human flesh, which is always a no no. And she was vegan. If she thinks eating animal flesh is wrong, she should have a qualm or two about eating fucking people , no matter whose flesh it is.

The speed and ease with which she bought into this bullshit is just unbelievable. And what the hell kind of apocalypse is this going to be, anyway? Are you telling me the entire planet is going to buy into becoming cannibals? I very much doubt that. This whole story just rubbed me the wrong way. Shooting the Apocalypse - 5 stars As always, Paolo Bacigalupi is amazing. I thought it was particularly clever to create a world where Texans are constantly looked down on for border crossing, as they are usually the ones dealing with that in reality, so it was kinda funny seeing that turned on its head.

It was also rather scary seeing a world dying from drought; reading about it made me extremely thirsty. Good characters, good plot. It's Bacigalupi, so I didn't really expect any different. Love Perverts - 1 star It's rather sad that the anthology ended on such an unsatisfying story. I wish this one and Bacigalupi's had been switched, so my last impression could have been a higher one. Anyway, my main problem with this one was the protagonist, who was both annoying and moderately psychotic.

He was always bragging about being in physics and knowing when to use whom and the fact he reads Faulkner and so on. Yeah, you're such a hotshot. Simmer down. But, even worse, he was constantly fantasizing about drowning puppies and people , peeling the skin off of people, and he would get erections when people died. Those are all literal examples. I think the author was trying to make him seem like the "young man angry at the world" type, but instead created a character I'm pretty sure would have grown into a serial killer had he been given more time.

Also, this was yet another comet apocalypse, which I was beyond tired of at this point. I actually rather liked the ending of this story, but it didn't make up for the fact the main character was just so effing weird and unlikeable. Jun 30, Kate Jonez rated it it was amazing. Wonderful anthology and a great idea for a collection. While some stories were stronger than others, no story was a miss. Recommended for readers who enjoy apocalyptic fiction. I can't wait to read the next installment!

Mar 18, Laura rated it really liked it. This story happens. I dig Wasserman's writing style. Aliens that no one has ever seen promise to carry all of humankind away in a paradise as long as they continue to go about their normal daily lives until the set date of the event, with enforcement by a select group of other humans. It follows a kid whose main interest in life is to be a stuntman, and leads up to what is likely the ignition point of civil war within the context of a world war.

In a lot of cases I feel the lead up to the apocalypse is the most interesting part of the story, but with this it did a good job pulling me in but leaves me feeling like the best is still yet to come. Really hope this is one that continues. I look forward to what comes next. Buckell - The events leading up to the failure of the power grid, but also a surprising rich history between two friends within the framework of a short story. Another that I feel will be a solid story to follow if it does continue. So good! Winters - Possibly my favorite? I'm most anticipating the continuation of this.

Set in a world where everyone hears the voice of God? On the eve of a mass suicide that is supposed to transfer everyone to heaven? So much yes. I totally cried on the subway. The writing itself wasn't my favorite at first, but this is a really beautiful story about a group of astronauts facing death, set on the moon. Another outbreak. Very unique and touching. Kind of parallels 'The Little Matchgirl'. It didn't manage to quite grab me, but I can easily see it pulling someone else in.

It's about a group of guys playing poker and drinking in the middle of nowhere during the beginning of an alien invasion. There's potential for an interesting twist if this story continues, but as a standalone story it didn't do much for me. In this case, the person is inadvertently tied to the end of the world. Another that was not my personal favorite, but also not bad.

I really enjoyed this one. It's about delayed evolution, triggered by an event mistakenly delayed, as figured out by a poor, single mother trying to give her girls the best life possible. One of her daughters is affected, the other is not. Really good. A story of a woman with severe OCD that oversees a bioengineering program, the tension between her and her colleagues, and the affects it all has on her wife and daughter.

Didn't love it, didn't hate it, and feels wrapped up at the end. Long incubation period is really intriguing. It's another cult one, with a disturbing twist. This story exists within his world of extreme drought, which is just not that interesting to me personally. Not bad writing, just not for me. Jan 02, Carolyn F. I read this as part of The End is Nigh. Feb 23, Captain Doomsday rated it it was amazing. Please note that this review is a modified version from my blog After The Last Day.

The End Is Nigh is an anthology of short stories by some very talented writers, edited by anthology guru John Joseph Adams and independent author Hugh Howey of Wool fame - which I'll hopefully get around to recommending one day. Buckell, Jamie Ford, Ben H. You might recognise some of the names in that list and you might not, but I can almost guarantee that you'll be looking out for more of these contributors' work in the future.

I don't, as a rule, like anthologies. Often there are a handful of great stories sown amongst a sea of unreadable ones. I've never read an entire anthology through from cover to cover. Until now. John Joseph Adams has done something grand, putting these stories together. The quality of contributors is amazing and the works themselves complement each other nicely. Some of the stories stand out from the rest, of course, and some fall flat and some I didn't enjoy but every single one is well-written and thought provoking, which is exactly the way apocalyptic fiction should be.

Nearly all of them break your heart at some point, in ways that you just don't see coming. Some of the standout contributions in The End Is Nigh in my opinion include a girl trying to keep her grandmother alive in an evacuation zone in Removal Order , a couple of bounty hunters trying to foil a plan to take the world back to the dark ages in System Reset , scientists facing death on the moon in Goodnight Moon , and a con-man preacher who accurately and accidentally predicts the End of the World in The Balm and the Wound. By no means am I suggesting they're the only standouts - just the few I have time to name without going into detail about all the entries.

I'll have to let you discover the rest for yourself. There's comedy, drama, and darkness here, sometimes all in the one story, and there's a lot of variety to the End of the World.

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If I had to nitpick, I'd have to say it would be great to have an End of the World anthology devoid of religion. I know I'm never going to get that I can still dream but it would be nice. I'm also not crazy on the current trend of gay relationships in literature - not because of any homophobia but because I dislike the way its used as a 'twist' to the story.

Recommended by Captain Doomsday Not all of the entries to this anthology hit the mark dead-on. But every single one of them gets you to invest in the story in the short time they have to capture your interest. Every single one of them will resonate and stay with you.

If this is just the beginning of the End of the World, then I for one can't wait until it's coming down around us. Bring on the next book and soon! I want more! There's a lot of talent to discover in this anthology, and a lot of talent that put it together. Some unique doomsday scenarios will make you think and some breathtaking moments will keep you turning the pages. Mar 21, Geoffrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: apocalyptic , anthology. This is a collection of short stories about the apocalypse — about many different apocalypses — about just about every conceivable type of apocalypse out there.

There are religious based ones, pandemics, asteroids, nuclear wars, aliens, The Singularity, and everything else out there. This book is the first in a trilogy — or a triptych — in which book one is set before the apocalypse, book two during and the final book in the aftermath. Most authors committed to three short stories comprising an overall story arc across the three books. So, then there are continuing stories to look forward to across the three books.

There all dreams will be fulfilled. Until then, no one is allowed to change their lives or behaviors in any way as they wait for the clock to count down — or they will be instantly vaporized. The authors are a mix of new, upcoming authors and established ones. The stories themselves were all highly entertaining and not the usual mix of decent stories with one or two really good ones that are often found in a short story anthology.

Instead, these are all really good stories with a few fantastic ones in the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will be reading the next two books as they are released. Jun 11, Lea rated it really liked it Shelves: acquired , books-i-own , read , reviews.

Uniformly wonderful anthology of stories dealing with the time shortly before the apocalypse. Each author tackles the subject with his or her own unique vision -- if you'd told me there would be so many different ways to envision the world ending, I'm not sure I would have believed you. Every single story is good, although some resonated with me more than others. That in no way takes away from the praise Uniformly wonderful anthology of stories dealing with the time shortly before the apocalypse. That in no way takes away from the praise I'll be heaping on it, though -- it's a moving look at personal connection in times of chaos, as well as an exploration of how prejudice especially the institutionalized kind genuinely harms people.

This one brings me to tears every time I read it. I found "Love Perverts" by Sarah Langan and "Spores" by Seanan McGuire genuinely frightening -- Langan's story was disturbing due to the all too real sense of chaos and despair pervading it, while McGuire's protagonist is so fully realized that I couldn't help but panic with her as she sees the end coming.

I could really rave about nearly every story -- the ones that I didn't like very few weren't lacking in any way, they're well written and interesting, they just didn't really move me as much as the others did. I believe some of these stories will be continued in the next book in this series, The End is Now -- I'm hoping to see what happens next in these various worlds. Highly recommend! Jun 13, Michael Adams rated it really liked it. Creepy tale of a an ancient form of decay made pestilential by modern scientific means.

Rating an anthology is always a difficult thing to do, but in the case of The End is Nigh I feel quite confident to give this book the full five stars. The anthology is a collection of short stories looking the "pre-apocalypse. This obviously informed the title. As I sit here reading over the index I cannot recall any of these stories being poor. Eac Rating an anthology is always a difficult thing to do, but in the case of The End is Nigh I feel quite confident to give this book the full five stars.

Each one of them offered up something different. I'd like to call out a few which I thought were exceptional and many of which I have read multiple times since finishing the book. The writers draw on a diverse set of causes for the apocalypse. Some feel like very real possibilities and other are more fantastic, but they all work to create compelling stories and show the human tragedy and vibrancy beneath. If you're a fan of the post-apocalyptic genre I would highly recommend these. If you're a fan of science fiction with a generally darker tone I would point to this collection as being very worthwhile.

I have little more to say except that this was a wonderful read and will likely pick it up again and again. Mar 23, David rated it really liked it. Uneven as is common for collections. I think I might have given it 5 stars if we weren't living in such a dark timeline right now. The ones that were about disease, war, and general uprising by the masses were a little on the nose to be truly enjoyable. The creeping moss and astroids were good fun though. Probably will tune in to the next one too Oct 31, Traci Loudin added it Shelves: read , own-ebook , apocalyptic , shorts.

That's because each story ends just before the apocalypse truly starts. You can see that someone's struck a match while standing in gasoline I think leaving it up to my imagination might be worse in many cases. I'll be interested to see if the other anthologies pick up right where these I haven't read the other two The End is Now or The End Has Come yet, but I'm willing to bet this is the most depressing of the three.

I'll be interested to see if the other anthologies pick up right where these stories left off. In some cases, I'm not sure they can At least, not with the same characters. This story didn't really appeal to me. OMG, this story is a must-read. An odd story. Among the rest, it didn't really stand out. Pretty cool story about a girl who's being bullied until her computer takes up for her. I was reading this one on a plane and nearly broke down bawling. It's got a lot of ups and downs, and it's heartbreaking, as you can probably imagine from the title and the anthology it appears in Removal Order—Tananarive Due Pandemic.

Girl taking care of grandmother meets a cop. I don't know why I liked this one so much, but it's one of my favorites of the bunch. System Reset—Tobias S. Buckell Technocalypse. While descending into the apocalypse, this story incorporates a bit of revenge, which naturally makes it one of my favorites. Since it's set not in the present or near future, this one is rather unique in the bunch.

I enjoyed it. Winters Religious. I really liked this one and would LOVE to know what happens next This one skipped back and forward in time, and I didn't really care about the main character, so it wasn't one of my favorites. Goodnight Moon—Annie Bellet Dwarf planet. This one is set on the moon and it is so tragic and yet beautiful. I loved the main character. Man who takes care of his father with Alzheimer's must help an altruistic woman.

Insanely tragic and beautiful. I think this is set in the Siglerverse, and it's pretty good. A scientist wants to find something awesome in the night sky, and she does. A tight, nice little story about the end of the world. A volcanic eruption causes changes in children. This is another one that I wouldn't be sure was apocalyptic if it weren't in this anthology, but it's quite thought-provoking and so realistic.

Spores—Seanan McGuire Science experiment gone wrong. I think this would've belonged better under the Mira Grant name. It's twisted and horribly tragic. This is probably my favorite. Man tries to rescue a girl from a doomsday cult before it's too late. Agent Unknown—David Wellington Zombies. This is the only zombie apocalypse story in the anthology, and it's pretty good! Enlightenment—Matthew Mather Religious. This one is truly crazy! Definitely read it. Shooting the Apocalypse—Paolo Bacigalupi Climate change. I mean, it's Paolo Bacigalupi, so Interesting enough, but the apocalypse kind of seemed like a side part of the story.

Love Perverts—Sarah Langan Asteroid. A sad story about selfish people. Not what I would've chosen to wrap the anthology with. May 18, Bryan Alexander rated it really liked it Shelves: gothic , sf , postapocalypse. Why does the end of the world appeal to us so strongly? It may be the sheer aesthetic jolt of wiping away civilization, or the schadenfreude of witnessing the suffering and defeat of those you despise cf Tertullian. There's a Robinson Crusoe adventure aspect, too, where we envision how we'd fare in extreme circumstances.

And the politics of seeing a hated order collapse.