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Tristan Clausell from New Jersey is reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin October 8, 2011 - 10:51am

Helloooo everyone! 

I'm a newbie, but intrigued fan of stories about the future: Dystopian, Post-apocalyptic and outbreak stories mostly.  I wanted to know if anyone had any Post-Apocalyptic books/short stories they'd recommend for me to read.

So far I've only read:

The Road
World War Z
Day by Day Armageddon.


That's all I could remember off the top of my head. Looking forward to your recommendations!

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Charles from Portland is reading Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones October 8, 2011 - 11:06am

you  should read farenheit 451. i would consider that dystopian.

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. October 8, 2011 - 11:10am

A Clock Work Orange.

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit October 8, 2011 - 11:23am

Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

The Stand by Stephen King

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

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Fylh from from from is reading is from is reading is reading is reading reading is reading October 8, 2011 - 11:28am

The Book of Revelation.

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kah from Ewan is reading everything on al gore's information super highway October 8, 2011 - 12:29pm

Some Other Day or Midnight Yore

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 8, 2011 - 12:33pm

Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

1984 by George Orwell

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

 

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Tristan Clausell from New Jersey is reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin October 8, 2011 - 4:26pm

Thank you everyone! Great list indeed, and I'll be sure to check 'em out. Thanks!!

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Danny grant October 8, 2011 - 4:36pm

Deus Irae and The Penultimate Truth by Philip K Dick, as well as many of his short stories.

The Electric Church by Jeff Sommers (Very entertaining!)

And I agree with Alex about Chuck Palahniuk's Rant. It's probably my favorite dystopian novel mainly because of the way the dystopia is introduced.

 

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Pete from Detroit is reading Red Dragon October 8, 2011 - 6:05pm

Y: The Last Man for a great graphic novel series of a dystopian future.

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. October 8, 2011 - 6:07pm

On the topic of graphic novels- The Walking Dead.

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Achillez from Long Island, New York is reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway October 8, 2011 - 6:11pm

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse Ed. by John Joesph Adams

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Alex Kane from west-central Illinois is reading Dark Orbit October 8, 2011 - 6:17pm

Achillez wins. I was gonna throw that one in, and then saw he'd already posted it. One of the best anthologies I've ever read. Most of my favorite writers are represented: Stephen King, Tobias S. Buckell, Paolo Bacigalupi. Then there are other greats, like Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, and Orson Scott Card, etc.

And as a bonus, Adams even gives you a recommended further reading list at the end, which includes both novels and short fiction. Just brilliant.

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D J Hearn from Merritt Island Florida is reading American Psycho, Blood Meridian, Classical Guitar Building October 8, 2011 - 10:06pm

I strongly rocommend:

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

Alas Babylon by Pat Frank

I always think that post-apocolyptic stories can take place in an isolated geography while the rest of the world enjoys business as usual. I am currently reading Blood Meridian  by Cormac McCarthy. I truly feel that his depictions of violence, destruction, entropy in all regards is very post-apocolpyptic.

 

@Achillez

My brother gave that book and I can't wait to read it.

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Tristan Clausell from New Jersey is reading A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin October 9, 2011 - 10:31am

Wow, keep the list coming, definitely great stuff here.

@Achillez , I've always seen that book at the stores and have been meaning to pick it up, but now that you've recommended it, it's become an absolute must ;)

As for graphic novels @Pete @jacks_username . I'm a bit of a comic geek, so I've definitely read those and if any of you guys are really into comics, then we shall have strenuous debates over our favorite heroes. :D

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jdudley from Chicago is reading Call of the Wild October 9, 2011 - 3:38pm

DMZ by Brian Wood. Very realistic look at life in war-torn NYC from a reporter's POV. Absolutely fantastic read.

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Izzy Parker from Georgia is reading Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World October 9, 2011 - 5:06pm

I really enjoyed Swan Song from Robert McCammon. I've been meaning to read The Road since it came out and haven't gotten to it yet.

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Meachman from Indianapolis is reading Amusing Ourselves to Death October 9, 2011 - 7:20pm

Chuck's Obsolete from Haunted

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postpomo from Canada is reading words words words October 9, 2011 - 7:34pm

China Mieville's the City and the City is somewhat dystopian.