So now, here’s five awesome apocalyptic
stories that I want to recommend to you highly. These are ones that have been read again and
again. These are stories, my friends, that, out of many – there are tons and tons of apocalyptic
books, novels, stories, short stories, etc, – these are ones that over the years, I’ve
kind of culled together as my favorites, so I hope these are helpful for you. So my first
recommendation is perhaps for you, if you’re thinking right now, “yeah, but I’m not
sure I’d be into this apocalyptic literature, it just seems a little bit heavy, bla bla
bla,” well, my first recommendation is: Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse.
And here’s the great part – they’re short stories. These are volumes that contain many,
I think something like twenty-some stories in each volume, where they present a new author
in every story and they tell a unique perspective on some apocalyptic situation. So this is
a great way to kind of introduce you to the genre. You can just read a short story at a time,
read one maybe before you go to bed at night, or one once a week or something
and finish the book in a month, who knows. But here’s a great collection of short stories
written by some of the best authors in the field. You’ve got people like Nancy Cress,
Orson Scott Card, Stephen King, Hugh Howey, Junot Diaz, and even George R.R. Martin in
Volume 1 of Wastelands has an amazing short story that’s in there. These are some great
great authors and they present this world to you in a way that’s exciting and very
accessible. The next book I want to recommend to you is One Second After by William R. Forstchen.
This is a newer book – it came out recently, just in the past several years. This is the
story of how an electromagnetic pulse bomb basically cuts out and destroys all electronics
for the entire North American continent, and what happens because of that. It’s amazing.
It’s told in a way that follows this one particular family, where they live, and how they
survive, what happens in the surrounding areas. It gets really intense. And what’s
wild about this story is, they actually present it in a way – the author in the foreword talks
about how this is something that could really happen in the United States. These EMPs are
not science-fiction, they’re real, they could actually happen. So it’s kind of,
if you will, a forecast, if something ever that bad were to happen, and Lo – God forbid.
The next apocalyptic literature book I want to recommend to you is On the Beach,
by Neville Schute. This is a book that’s considered a classic. It’s been around for a long time,
and it’s just as powerful today as it was back then, I’m sure. The story takes place
in Australia, although it does describe an entire world-ending event. But what’s interesting
about this story is, it’s about the people and how they deal psychologically with the
fact that they’re going to die. They know the world is ending, they know that their
time is drawing shorter every single day, and it’s about what they do, how do they react,
what do the relationships do. And it’s super interesting, very well told, and I highly
recommend this one to you. The next book is Swan Song, by Robert McCammon. This book is
apocalyptic literature with a fantasy, almost magical side to it; it’s very very interesting.
Not only do you have the world coming to an end in this nuclear holocaust type situation,
but you have how society continues on after that, those people that survive, with this
other element – I don’t want to give too much away, but there’s a, shall I say a
spiritual element, or a deeply metaphorical Evil vs. Good, capital G, capital E, and it’s
super interesting. Highly recommend it, it will surprise you, and it’s not what you
think. The next book I want to mention to you is probably one you’ve heard of, you might’ve
even seen the film, it was a popular film. And that is, The Road, by Cormac McCarthy.
Apocalyptic literature? Absolutely. It’s about the end of the world and this father
and son, and how they are trying to survive, one day at a time, on this road getting to
this destination that they’re trying to go to. Beautiful story, it’s haunting. I saw the
movie as well, very well done, but I would recommend reading the book first,
because the book of course gets a lot more into the inner thoughts of the characters
and what they’re going through, and it’s pretty intense. But if you want kind of a
nice primer to this whole entire genre, start there, The Road. And the last book that I
want to share with you is Alas, Babylon, by Pat Frank. This is a book that is very well
received, it’s considered kind of a classic in certain circles, and it’s more of a traditional
story of the world’s gonna come to an end – I won’t tell you how it is, but there’s
this little community that’s able to survive, but it’s interesting, because it’s how
do they survive? How do they establish a new law and order, how do they get clean water?
It’s more of the nuts and bolts, the nitty gritty of survival after the end of the world.
And it’s very very interesting, it’s a great introduction to the brass tacks, the
bottom line of, “Okay, here’s the new world we live in. We have to try to survive,
what do we do, what’s day one?” And it goes through all of that, it’s very interesting.
So, I hope that these books sound interesting to you. I highly recommend them, that’s why
I’m talking about them. I think apocalyptic literature is one that is very fitting for
the world in which we live, not because I think the world’s coming to an end, but
because I believe that it gives us a medium to discuss these types of issues, where we
see tremendous evil happening around us all the time, and yet we’re trying to survive,
we’re trying to have normal lives, normal relationships. These books help us explore
those ideas, and bring them out, and ask our own questions about our own lives, how are
we doing, what ways are we surviving well and where are we cutting corners? These are
the types of things that I think books bring out in us and give us a chance to think about
and to talk about with those we love. So thank you very much for watching, again
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Go, Find Your Voice. [violin music] So it’s kind of a, if you will, a forecast, if something
ever that bad were to happen, and, Lo – God forbid. They’re short stories, these are volumes
that contain many, I think something like twenty-some stories in each volume.
Read one maybe before you go to bed at night, or one once a week or something
and finish the book in a month, who knows. That doesn’t make sense mathematically…
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