The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015

WONDER IS A blasting cap. It is an emotion that goes off with a bang, shattering settled beliefs, rattling the architecture of the mind, and clearing space for new ideas, new possibilities. Wonder is often thought of as a peaceful emotion, a sense of resounding inner quiet. Of course we would associate it with silence. The world always assumes an eerie hush after an explosion.

Awe is TNT for the soul.

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse * JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is an anthology of post-apocalyptic fiction published by Night Shade Books in January 2008, edited by John Joseph Adams.[1] The anthology includes 22 stories, plus an introduction by the editor. According to the anthology’s official web site, “Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means toContinue reading “Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse * JOHN JOSEPH ADAMS”

Zone One * Colson Whitehead

In this wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel, a pandemic has devastated the planet. The plague has sorted humanity into two types: the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo. TheirContinue reading “Zone One * Colson Whitehead”

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Evan and Nicole live on the rez all the way north in Ontario, ever so close to the Inuit lands surrounding Hudson Bay. Author Waubgeshig Rice is a First Nations native from a less-northerly band than Evan and Nicole’s, so I was ready to believe him when he told me the details of his novel’sContinue reading “Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice”

Bittersweet Homecoming; Surviving the Black–Book 3 of a Post-Apocalyptical Series – Zack Finley

“Bittersweet Homecoming” is not a standalone novel. It is book three in a five book series. I’ve included some backstory in this book aimed at readers who read “Breckinridge Valley” and “To the Rescue” months ago. I hope it is sufficient to help those wanting to resolve “Where is Andy?” to ease back into theContinue reading “Bittersweet Homecoming; Surviving the Black–Book 3 of a Post-Apocalyptical Series – Zack Finley”

Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch

I had this book in my horror pile for nearly a year and only now I had some time to spare and read this. While it’s not a horror masterpiece, it does allow you to get drawn in and suffocate in questions, much like the main character is. Ethan Burke, Secret Service, has been sentContinue reading “Pines (Wayward Pines #1) by Blake Crouch”

Afterburn: A Free Post-Apocalyptic Thriller – Scott Nicholson

Five years after a devastating solar storm wipes out civilization and spawns a strange race of mutants, Rachel Wheeler and her misfit family must choose whether to hide away or fight to join other survivors. As their food supply dwindles inside their bunker, radiation from abandoned nuclear plants is altering the world around them. NotContinue reading “Afterburn: A Free Post-Apocalyptic Thriller – Scott Nicholson”

The Road – Cormac McCarthy * Book Review

The Road is the astonishing post-apocalyptic and Pulitzer Prize-winning modern classic by Cormac McCarthy. A father and his young son walk alone through burned America, heading slowly for the coast. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the men whoContinue reading “The Road – Cormac McCarthy * Book Review”