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Weeklings: Apocalypse Amazon, Luxury Books, and Grawlixes

Friday, July 30th, 2010
Posted by: Keir Graff

In “Before the Flood,” Margaret Atwood describes what made her go back to the dysopian future in “The Year of the Flood” (by Guy Dixon, The Globe and Mail): One of the things people are working on now, and were working on in 2001 when I was actually halfway through Oryx and Crake, is the […]


Pre-Atomic Post-Apocalypse

Thursday, May 28th, 2009
Posted by: Keir Graff

Great list on Listverse: “15 Influential Early Works of Apocalyptic Fiction” (via American Libraries Direct). It’s somewhat similar to the “End of the World Literature List” from AbeBooks, with the distinction that THESE post-apocalyptic works were all written pre-Atomic Age; both lists include earlier works than my “Core Collection: Before and After The Road” (although I was the only […]


Book Reviewing after the Apocalypse

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
Posted by: Keir Graff

Given the amount of time I’ve spent reading, reviewing, and having nightmares about post-apocalyptic fiction, I suppose this may have been inevitable: my short story, “The Read,” appears in the May 15 issue of Booklist as part of our Spotlight on SF/Fantasy. Is post-apocalyptic fiction a suitable subject for satire? Read The Read and let me know.


Everything’s Coming Up Apocalypse

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
Posted by: Keir Graff

Now this is smart: a used books merchant doing read-alikes. A while ago, I got an e-mail from AbeBooks touting their “End of the World Literature – Post-Apocalyptic Fiction” list. While it includes many titles that I included on my “Core Collection: Before and after The Road,” there are titles that I either missed or […]


Looking Back on the Pre-Post-Apocalypse

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008
Posted by: Keir Graff

With post-apocalyptic tales capturing our imaginations of late, it seems high time to revisit an earlier take on the subject. (Would that make it a pre-post-apocalyptic work? Or am I getting ahead of myself?) It’s Tomes and Talismans, a LibraryVenture! (Thanks, Carlos, for reminding me about this!)


Talking Apocalypse at Disneyland

Friday, July 25th, 2008
Posted by: Keir Graff

The inestimable Dan Kraus has worked his video magic yet again, with this digest of the Booklist Adult Books Readers’ Advisory Forum: Post-9/11 Fiction: Thanks, Dan!


Apocalypse Now and Then

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
Posted by: Keir Graff

I didn’t post yesterday because I was busy working on something for Booklist‘s May 15 Spotlight on SF/Fantasy–a core collection of apocalyptic fiction that preceded The Road. Whew! I may as well have chosen SF that involves space travel, or fantasy that features scaly beasts. I’m exaggerating, of course, but (and I’m quoting myself in advance […]


Hostile Questions: Paolo Bacigalupi

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Paolo Bacigalupi really knows how to draw the hostility out of a questioner. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Printz, and a National Book Award finalist, he’s got just the kind of medal-laden shelf that I live to upend. So it’s freaking killing me that I can’t quite do it. Y’all read The Drowned Cities? […]


31 Horror Films in 31 Days 2012: The Bloodcurdling Conclusion

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

The fourth annual 31 Horror Films 31 Days Challenge is accomplished. And for the third year straight (let us never speak of 2009!) I claim victory. I prepared a full statement last night. And I quote: Bwa-ahaha-aha-hhah-ahahahaaha-a-ha-a-hahaha-hahh-ah-ahahahaah-ahah-haa-hah-ahahah-hahah-hahhha-a-ah-aaa-ha-ha-ah-aa-ha-haha-ha-ha-haha-a-aha-ha-ah-a-ha-hah-ah-a-aa-hahahaha-aha-ahah-h-ah-a-ha-haa-ah-a-ha-h–ha-hahhahahah-ah-ah-h-a-a-a-ha–a-h-ah-a-h-ah-a-a-h-ahhahahaha-ha-a-ha-h-ahaahhaa-h-a-ha-ha!!!!!!! End quote. This “victory” I speak of was not a comfortable one. I clawed through my 31st film […]


Q & A: David Moody

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012
Posted by: David Pitt

David Moody, for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, is the author of the Hater and Autumn series of post-apocalyptic novels. He’s also written a standalone novel, Trust, which features a group of aliens stranded on Earth. While very different in many ways, his books share a common theme: ordinary people tossed into […]



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