Mon, 13 May 2019 21:47:08 GMT
Just listened to ep 179 ( yes, I am still way behind on my podcasts ) and wanted to chime in on the apocalypse bit. I am a massive sci-fi and fantasy nerd, so this is well within my ballpark.
The best post-apocalypse stories I've read recently are Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel, which is just a beautiful book everyone should read. And is Canadian. When Jesse mentioned there should be a 'Post Apocalyptic Gynaecologist' movie, there is a book - The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison, set during and after a plague that kills women at 10-times the rate of men, and following a OB-GYN nurse who survives.
One of my favourite books of all time is The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway, set in a world slowly being destroyed by the after effects of a weapon that simply sends pieces of reality... away. Somewhere. The holes left behind are spreading, but perhaps the world can be saved by our plucky hero, and some mimes.
Not sure if he was being serious about Zombie stuff not being realistic; it's not meant to be, it's all metaphor. And, yes, 95% of it is c rap - but there is some very, very good stuff amongst the dross. Mike Carey's The Girl With All The Gifts is phenomenal ( as is the movie based on it ). and the Newsflesh series by Mira Grant ( Seanan McGuire ) are very good indeed.
Does anyone else have any suggestions?
Wed, 15 May 2019 02:34:27 GMT
I love hearing what people think of Station Eleven. I read it a few years ago for a book club and didn't like it at first, but it has really stuck with me. I'm surprised how many times I ponder some of the things I read in that book. I would definitely recommend it as well.
I've added Book of the Unnamed Midwife to my read list. Sounds interesting as hell. I don't read a lot of post apocalyptic stories because I'm terrified of the apocalypse. Thanks religion!
My favorite scifi book is The City by Clifford D Simak. I found a beat up paperback at a book sale and i loved it. It's about a robot and his dog traveling the universe.
Does anyone else have a favorite science fiction book?