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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 04:41 am:   

Over on his LJ, Jeremy Lassen of Night Shade posted the cover and cover copy for my forthcoming anthology, Wastelands:


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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 Revelations 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. In addition to his work at F&SF, Adams is a reporter for SCI FI Wire and a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly and Intergalactic Medicine Show. His essays, interviews, and reviews have also appeared in Amazing Stories, Kirkus, The Internet Review of Science Fiction, Locus Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Subterranean Magazine.

Table of Contents

* The End of the Whole Mess -- Stephen King
* The Fringe -- Orson Scott Card
* The People of Sand and Slag -- Paolo Bacigalupi
* Bread and Bombs -- M. Rickert
* How We Got Into Town and Out Again -- Jonathan Lethem
* Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels -- George R. R. Martin
* Waiting for the Zephyr -- Tobias S. Buckell
* Never Despair -- Jack McDevitt
* When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth -- Cory Doctorow
* The Last of the O-Forms -- James Van Pelt
* Still Life with Apocalypse -- Richard Kadrey
* Artie's Angels -- Catherine Wells
* Judgement Passed -- Jerry Oltion
* Mute -- Gene Wolfe
* Intertia -- Nancy Kress
* And the Deep Blue Sea -- Elizabeth Bear
* Speech Sounds -- Octavia E. Butler
* Killers -- Carol Emshwiller
* Ginny Sweethips' Flying Circus -- Neal Barrett, Jr.
* The End of the Word as We Know it -- Dale Bailey
* A Song Before Sunset -- David Grigg
* Episode Seven: Last Stand Against the Pack in the Kingdom of the Purple Flowers -- John Langan




That's the actual TOC order. The publication date continues to fluctuate, but at the moment we're saying January 2008.

Wastelands cover
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harpal singh
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 07:52 am:   

Hi will u be selling it over the internet - Harpal
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Jeffrey Buford Jr.
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 11:48 am:   

Talk about astonishing cover art, this looks brilliant! I'm definately putting this on my "must read" list.
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Brad R. Torgersen
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 12:00 pm:   

Wow, that is compelling cover art indeed. Looks like some outstanding authors, too. I will look for it at Amazon.
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Elizabeth L
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2007 - 07:16 pm:   

This is right up my alley and I can't wait to get a copy!
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Monday, November 26, 2007 - 10:36 am:   

Publishers Weekly just gave Wastelands its first review, and it's a good one:

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams. Night Shade Books, $15.95 paper (352p) ISBN 978-1-59780-105-8

This harrowing reprint anthology of 22 apocalyptic tales reflects the stresses of contemporary international politics, with more than half published since 2000. All depict unsettling societal, physical and psychological adaptations their authors postulate as necessary for survival after the end of the world. Keynoted by Stephen King’s “The End of the Whole Mess,” the volume’s common denominator is hubris: that tragic human proclivity for placing oneself at the center of the universe, and each story uniquely traces the results. Some highlight human hope, even optimism, like Orson Scott Card’s “Salvage” and Tobias Buckell’s “Waiting for the Zephyr.” Others, like James Van Pelt’s “The Last of the O-Forms” and Nancy Kress’s “Inertia,” treat identity by exploring mutation. Several, like Elizabeth Bear’s “And the Deep Blue Sea” and Jack McDevitt’s “Never Despair,” gauge the height of human striving, while others, like George R.R. Martin’s “Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels,” Carol Emshwiller’s “Killers” and M. Rickert’s “Bread and Bombs,” plumb the depths of human prejudice, jealousy and fear. Beware of Paolo Bacigalupi’s far-future “The People of Sand and Slag,” though; that one will break your heart. –Publishers Weekly [starred review]
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Sam Wilson
Posted on Monday, December 31, 2007 - 06:04 pm:   

Just bought it today. Love the cover depicting my neighborhood. First story I am starting on is Nancy Kress's "Inertia," as I am curious about what kind of apocalyptic story Analog would publish.

I miss the inclusion of Roald Dahl's short-short "In the Ruins".

This is a lovely looking book, folks!
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2008 - 10:39 am:   

Hey Sam, thanks for buying the book. I hope you enjoy it.
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Sam Wilson
Posted on Tuesday, January 01, 2008 - 08:06 pm:   

My pleasure. FYI, it was shelved under the "Horror" section at my Hollywood Borders.
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Marian Powell
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 10:08 am:   

Ahem, when finished reading Wastelands and hungry for more end-of-the-world, there's Ahmed Khan's anthology, Fall and Rise....
(Yes, I have a story in it. So I'm proud of it. So sue me)
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Luke Jackson
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 10:09 am:   

I ordered WASTELANDS back during the fire sale but haven't received it yet..
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 10:42 am:   

Hey Luke --

Sorry about that. Try emailing Night Shade at night@nightshadebooks.com and let them know. I thought all the pre-orders had been shipped already, but I might be wrong about that.

Don't feel bad; I haven't even gotten *my* copies yet.
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Luke Jackson
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 11:23 am:   

Thanks, John. I'll try to track it down.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Wednesday, January 02, 2008 - 12:38 pm:   

I got my copies today (http://www.johnjosephadams.com/?p=1372). So I guess you can officially feel bad now.
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Luke Jackson
Posted on Thursday, January 03, 2008 - 11:48 am:   

Uh oh.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Thursday, January 03, 2008 - 09:29 pm:   

Nah, send them an email, I'm sure they'll figure it out.
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John Joseph Adams
Posted on Monday, January 07, 2008 - 12:39 pm:   

Here are some reviews of Wastelands:

Contra Costa Times:
http://www.mercurynews.com/books/ci_7896763?nclick_check=1

SF Signal:
http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/006080.html

Beam Me Up:
http://wrfrbeameup.blogspot.com/2007/12/review-wastelands-stories-of-apocalypse. html

Ideomancer:
http://www.ideomancer.com/main/vol6issue4/review/one.html

Publishers Weekly:
http://www.johnjosephadams.com/?p=1297
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Lukedjlaw
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Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 02:37 pm:   

Damn, and I really wanted to read this one too. That blows.

Luke Jackson
http://solipcyst.blogspot.com
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Slushgod
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 08:05 am:   

Luke, did you still never receive your copy, or hear from Night Shade about your order?
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Slushgod
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 08:06 am:   

If so, send me an email at johnjosephadams@gmail.com and I'll get to the bottom of it for you.
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Lukedjlaw
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Posted on Monday, March 31, 2008 - 08:19 am:   

I haven't-- I sent you an email just now. Thank you!
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Lukedjlaw
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Posted on Friday, April 18, 2008 - 03:59 pm:   

I received the book today-- my prayers to the Slushgod were answered! :-) Thanks for your help.
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Harpal
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Posted on Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 03:08 am:   

Will you be releasing Paolo Bacigulapi -pump six in paperback
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Marian
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Posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 - 03:07 pm:   

The interview at Strange Horizons about Wastelands was quite interesting. However, you mention the lack of post-apocalyptic anthologies so I thought I'd mention a small one that would have come out since you did your research. Fall and Rise is the title, came out in 2007 published by a small press.
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Gregory_bernard_banks
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Posted on Thursday, July 03, 2008 - 04:56 pm:   

Any possibility of this book being published in ebook format?
WheelMan Press (www.wheelmanpress.com)
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Marian
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Post Number: 103
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Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 - 06:31 pm:   

A brief review of Wastelands from the Asimovs Forum (a discussion of short stories we've read recently) Someone posted: "I've recently read five of the stories in Wastelands, JJA's post-apocalyptic reprint anthology. I want to mention four of those:

"The End of the Whole Mess" by Stephen King
"The People of Sand and Slag" by Paolo Bacigalupi
"Artie's Angels" by Catherine Wells (disclaimer: while it was published before I started working there, this one was first run in Realms of Fantasy)
--"Speech Sounds" by Octavia E. Butler

I loved all of these, but "Speech Sounds" was my favorite, one of the best shorts I've read in a long time. It was originally published in Asimov's"

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