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The End of the World

By: Martin H. Greenberg - editor
Narrated by: Suehyla El Attar, Nicholas Tecosky
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What will humanity’s demise look like?

To answer that question, veteran anthologizer Martin Greenberg selects unsettling stories from masters of apocalyptic fiction. The team of Suehyla El Attar and Nicholas Tecosky play off each other in performance of individuals and groups who face the end, or have to live in a time and world where all we now experience is long gone. Here is the world’s political, social, and environmental destruction as envisioned by geniuses of speculation, including Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Robert Sheckley, Norman Spinrad, Arthur C. Clarke, William F. Nolan, Poul Anderson, and Lester del Rey.

Summary

Famous stories of the apocalypse by the world’s best science fiction writers.

Before The Road by Cormac McCarthy brought apocalyptic fiction into the mainstream, there was science fiction. No longer relegated to the fringes of literature, this explosive collection of the world’s best apocalyptic writers brings the inventors of alien invasions, devastating meteors, doomsday scenarios, and all-out nuclear war back to with a bang. The best writers of the early 1900s were the first to flood New York with tidal waves, destroy Illinois with alien invaders, paralyze Washington with meteors, and lay waste to the Midwest with nuclear fallout. Now collected for the first time ever in one apocalyptic volume are those early doomsday writers and their contemporaries, including Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Lucius Shepard, Robert Sheckley, Norman Spinrad, Arthur C. Clarke, William F. Nolan, Poul Anderson, Fredric Brown, Lester del Rey, and more. Relive these childhood classics or discover them here for the first time. Each story details the eerie political, social, and environmental destruction of our world.

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Excellent collection

My only bugbear is using the same narrator for the entirety, would have been better with more so that each story is clearly defined.

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Great narrator!

Amazing performance by the narrators! Having read the anthology before, 8t was a treat!

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Interesting stories

I enjoyed listening to this mix of stories, I particularly enjoyed the last one. Some left me scratching my head trying to work out what it was about but I am glad I listened nonetheless.

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Great set of stories.

Some good stories. Some sad stories. The last story however is very reminiscent of H.G.Wells. No spoilers but the last story which was worth the book alone, is probably the best. Really enjoyable listen.

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Mixed bag

Interesting mix of stories, some quite hard to follow, but a few good ones here for sure.

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Amazing collection of apocolyptic stories

It may be the narration was a bit flat( I found it fine ) ,the stories were great simply amazing

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Inconsistant

Would you recommend The End of the World to your friends? Why or why not?

No, the quality of the stories varied wildly.

Did Suehyla El Attar and Nicholas Tecosky do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Not really, they were mostly flat and boring.

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awesome

enjoyed every minute of it absolutely brilliant,well worth the time,I think I'll listen to this again

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The End of the World

Overall, a better than average collection of short stories. There are of course the flops, but the mean standard here is pretty high.
Pity it didn't end on a high though - That last story was quite poor.

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Bizarre! But Good.

Odd selection of storys from across decades of SiFi history. Some bizarre, some good. I wouldn't say its a total page turning book but it's interesting. You can almost put the story's into the decades they were written just by the words used! Worth a listen, certainly not the best.

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