Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Apocalyptic SF edited by Mike Ashley

Now available: The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF edited by Mike Ashley (Robinson 2010, £7.99). This is the type of book that Robinson is good at: tasty, hefty anthologies edited by some of the best anthologists around. This time Mike Ashley has selected 24 stories all about … yes … the end of the world.

“Humankind has long been fascinated by the precarious vulnerability of civilisation and of the Earth itself. When our fragile civilisations finally go, will it be as a result of nuclear war, or some cosmic catastrophe? The impact of global warming, or a terrorist atrocity? Genetic engineering, or some modern virulent plague?”

Contributors include: Robert Silverberg, Kate Wilhelm, Cory Doctorow, David Barnett, Frederik Pohl, James Tiptree Jr, Fritz Leiber and Stephen Baxter.

Essentially a reprint anthology, six are original to this book.

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