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Old 12-14-2010, 09:32 AM   #1
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Wanted - Earth Based Sci Fi or Post Apocalyptic

Hi,
I love earth based SciFi and Post Apocalyptic books and will be ready to start a new one soon.
Any ideas?

Generally realistic(ish) style ones eg:-
George R Stewart - Earth Abides
John Christopher - The Death of Grass
John Whyndham
Scott Sigler - EarthCore
James Rollins - Subterranean
Or even Dean Koontz at a push

but not the likes of
Harry Turtledove or Piers Anthony all of which are way to weird.

thanks folks!
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Old 12-14-2010, 09:46 AM   #2
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Check out Peter Watts' Rifter Series. It's free on feedbooks.com See if that interests you.

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Old 12-14-2010, 10:08 AM   #3
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Try the Postman by David Brin, Days of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson, also, this list might help: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...lyptic_fiction Feel free to ask me, I have read probably 3/4 of the list. Love Post-Apocalyptic and Alternate world type fiction
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Old 12-14-2010, 10:18 AM   #4
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I LOVED Earth Abides. I'll be checking out a couple of the others you mentioned.

My suggestions:
Suicide Collectors by David Oppegaard (weak ending, but the rest of the book made up for it)
World War Z by Max Brooks (zombie eotwawki fiction)
Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman (light, easy read)
Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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I haven't read this one, but I've heard great things and it's on my TBR list
The World Ends in Hickory Hollow by Ardath Mayhar

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Old 12-14-2010, 11:22 AM   #5
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Someone just asked about this type of book in this thread:

http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=69983
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Old 12-14-2010, 11:54 AM   #6
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Earth Abides is the standard for PA. Check out
Where late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
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Z is for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:11 PM   #7
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How about Swan Song by Robert McCammon, I enjoyed it very much.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:13 PM   #8
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Don't forget The Road, by McCarthy. Not exactly SF but definitely post apocalyptic.
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Old 12-14-2010, 02:23 PM   #9
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Check out Peter Watts' Rifter Series. It's free on feedbooks.com See if that interests you.

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Seconded! Last I looked, watts' Starfish, Maelstrom, and Behemoth were here in the MR library for free also. These books are amazing!
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:05 PM   #10
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One I really enjoyed as a kid was The Pelbar Cycle by Paul O. Williams. 7 books in the series (and I am sad to learn that he passed away last year)

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His most notable science fiction works are a series of novels, the Pelbar Cycle, set in North America about a thousand years after a "time of fire", in which the world was nearly totally depopulated. The novels track a gradual reconnection of the human cultures which developed. Much of the action takes place in the communities of the Pelbar, along the Upper Mississippi River — in the general vicinity of Elsah. Several cultures, including the matriarchal Pelbar, join together in the Heart River Federation. Others, especially the tyrannical Tantal and slave-raiding Tusco, fall apart after suffering defeats. The predominant characters are change agents: Jestak, Stel and his wife Ahroe Westrun. All are Pelbar. Williams won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in Science Fiction in 1983
I'm pleased to see it's back in print, though.

Only seems to be on the Kindle though (and a little pricey)

http://www.amazon.com/Breaking-North...2360198&sr=8-5
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Old 12-14-2010, 05:52 PM   #11
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Orson Scott Card has a nice new "real earth, near future" sci series called "Empire".

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Old 12-14-2010, 06:00 PM   #12
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How about Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon? I have to admit I've never read it myself (and probably should), but it seems to fit the requirements.
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:27 PM   #13
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Just trying to come up with something that's not already mentioned, but I really enjoyed "Eternity Road" by Jack McDevitt.
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How about Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon? I have to admit I've never read it myself (and probably should), but it seems to fit the requirements.
Wow! Read that one a LONG time ago ... great book. Havent' been able to find it as a ebook, though.
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I would suggest you also consider books by William Gibson. They are generally near future cyperpunk.
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