Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse

by John Joseph Adams
Release date: February 24, 2015
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, anthology

Edited by John Joseph Adams.

Edited by acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams, WASTELANDS 2: MORE STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE is the star-studded follow-up to the 2008 bestselling anthology Wastelands. The first book traced the 21st century resurgence of post-apocalyptic fiction, and while it is considered the definitive collection of its kind, dozens of new stories have been written since it was released. Five of the stories are from the 20th Century, but the remaining twenty-six were all published from the year 2000 onward, and nineteen of those originally appeared in the years since volume one came out. Like its predecessor, WASTELANDS 2 will feature a who’s who of modern authors including George R. R. Martin (A Game of Thrones), Hugh Howey (Wool), Junot Diaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao), Ann Aguirre (Enclave), Cory Doctorow (Little Brother), Nancy Kress (After the Fall), and more. The thirty-one stories include the seminal tale “The Postman” by David Brin, and “The Happiest Place,” a new work by John W. Campbell Award winner Mira Grant.


  • Introduction — John Joseph Adams
  • The Tamarisk Hunter — Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Deep Blood Kettle — Hugh Howey
  • “...for a single yesterday” — George R. R. Martin
  • Animal Husbandry — Seanan McGuire
  • Chiswick Messiah — Lauren Beukes
  • Colliding Branes — Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling
  • Ellie — Jack McDevitt
  • Foundation — Ann Aguirre
  • Beat Me Daddy — Cory Doctorow
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Survival Before, During, and After the Apocalypse — Christopher Barzak
  • Wondrous Days — Genevieve Valentine
  • Dreams in Dust — D. Thomas Minton
  • By Fools Like Me — Nancy Kress
  • Jimmy’s Roadside Cafe — Ramsey Shehadeh
  • The Elephants of Poznan — Orson Scott Card
  • The Postman — David Brin
  • When We Went To See the End of the World — Robert Silverberg
  • The Revelation of Morgan Stern — Christie Yant
  • Final Exam — Megan Arkenberg
  • A Flock of Birds — James Van Pelt
  • Patient Zero — Tananarive Due
  • Soulless in His Sight — Milo James Fowler
  • Outer Rims — Toiya Kristen Finley
  • The Happiest Place... — Mira Grant
  • Advertising at the End of the World — Keffy R. M. Kehrli
  • How the World Became Quiet: A Post-Human Creation Myth — Rachel Swirsky
  • Tight Little Stiches in a Dead Man’s Back — Joe R. Lansdale
  • After the Apocalypse — Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Traditional — Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Monstro — Junot Diaz
  • Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince — Jake Kerr


updated 2017-01-16

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