Sunday, March 29, 2020

End of the world


Note on book store door: “Please note: The post-apocalyptic fiction section has been moved to Current Affairs.”

Real: I was reading the first END-OF-THE-WORLD-AS-WE-KNOW-IT book I ever read, “Earth Abides,” by George R. Stewart, copyright 1949, last week and discovered the end of the world in 1949 was boring. Maybe I’ll give another read to “Alas, Babylon,” by Pat Frank, 1959. That was my second end of the world as we know it book. Read a few since then. The best is “Lucifer’s Hammer,” Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, 1977. But, having a “best end of the world” book is sort of like, “Wow! I really liked that war movie.”

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