After the End: Recent ApocalypsesPaula Guran
science fiction, anthology
Edited by Paula Guran.
From the Sumerian epic of Gilgamesh to Norse prophecies of Ragnarök to the Revelations of Saint John to Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, any number of fictional zombie Armageddons, and the dystopic world of The Hunger Games, we have always wondered what will happen after the world as we know it ends. No matter what the doomsday scenario — cataclysmic climate change, political chaos, societal collapse, nuclear war, pestilence, or so many other dreaded variations — we inevitably believe that even though the world perishes, some portion of humankind will live on. Such stories involve death and disaster, but they are also tales of rebirth and survival. Grim or triumphant, these outstanding post-apocalyptic stories selected from selected from the best of those published in the tumultuous last decade allow us to consider what life will be like after the end.
Contents (alphabetically listed by author):
- Paolo Bacigalupi, "Pump Six"
- Kage Baker, "The Books"
- Lauren Beukes, "Chislehurst Messiah"
- Blake Butler, "The Disappeared"
- Cory Doctorow, "Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar)"
- Brian Evenson, "The Adjudicator"
- Steven Gould, "A Story, with Beans"
- Margo Lanagan, "The Fifth Star in the Southern Cross"
- Livia Llewellyn, "Horses"
- M.J. Locke, "True North"
- John Mantooth, "The Cecilia Paradox"
- Maureen McHugh, "After the Apocalypse"
- Simon Morden, "Never, Never, Three Times Never"
- Nnedi Okorafor, "Tumaki"
- Paul Park, "Ragnarok"
- Mary Rosenblum, "The Egg Man"
- John Shirley, "Isolation Point, California"
- Bruce Sterling, "Goddess of Mercy"
- Paul Tremblay, "We Will Never Live in the Castle"
- Carrie Vaughn, "Amaryllis"
Paula Guran is senior editor for Prime Books. She edited the Juno fantasy imprint from its small press inception through its incarnation as an imprint of Pocket Books. Guran edits the annual Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror series as well as a growing number of other anthologies. In an earlier life she produced weekly email newsletter DarkEcho (winning two Stokers, an IHG award, and a World Fantasy Award nomination), edited Horror Garage (earning another IHG and a second World Fantasy nomination), and has contributed reviews, interviews, and articles to numerous professional publications.