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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Welcome to the Post-Apocalypse

It’s the end of the world as we know it – visions of future dystopias and apocalyptic collapses have been somewhat inescapable these past few years. From television’s "Walking Dead" to the teen dystopias of The Hunger Games and Divergent, gritty visions of mankind’s future have never been more popular. 

Readers with more “literary” tastes, however, might have been surprised to see a novel from this genre put forward as a nominee for the National Book Award this year. Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven follows a traveling band of artists, all survivors of a catastrophic flu. Their quest to bring Shakespeare and symphonies to isolated communities forms a quiet, thoughtful look at how culture and art are redefined in a post-apocalyptic world. Station Eleven ultimately did not receive the National Book Awards highest award for fiction. Phil Klay’s compelling collection of voices from the Iraqi war, Redeployment, won that honor. However, sci-fi/fantasy author Ursula Le Guin made headlines at the award ceremonies with her spirited tribute to fellow authors of that genre. She went on to say, “Right now, I think we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art.” Try Station Eleven or one of the other literary post-apocalyptic suggestions listed below –see if you think they meet that call., cormac&srchfield2=AU^AUTHOR^AUTHORS^Author Processing^Author&searchoper2=AND&thesaurus2=AUTHORS&search_entries2=AU&search_type2=AUTHOR&special_proc2=Author Processing&searchdata3=road&srchfield3=TI^TITLE^SERIES^Title Processing^Title&searchoper3=AND&thesaurus3=SERIES&search_entries3=TI&search_type3=TITLE&special_proc3=Title Processing&library=ALL&match_on=KEYWORD&shadow=NO&sort_by=-PBYR&user_id=WEBSERVER
In this acclaimed novel,  McCarthy takes on a father and son’s quest for humanity amidst the search for survival."bone clocks"&srchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^Words or phrase&searchoper1=&thesaurus1=GENERAL&search_entries1=GENERAL&search_type1=SUBJECT&special_proc1=Words or phrase&library=ALL&match_on=KEYWORD&sort_by=-PBYR&user_id=WEBSERVER
The author of Cloud Atlas depicts a psychic teenager and her past, present and future worlds."oryx and crake"&srchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^Words or phrase&searchoper1=&thesaurus1=GENERAL&search_entries1=GENERAL&search_type1=SUBJECT&special_proc1=Words or phrase&library=ALL&match_on=KEYWORD&sort_by=-PBYR&user_id=WEBSERVER
Atwood’s work looks at love and loss as mankind’s excesses lead to our world’s collapse. stars&srchfield3=TI^TITLE^SERIES^Title Processing^Title&searchoper3=AND&thesaurus3=SERIES&search_entries3=TI&search_type3=TITLE&special_proc3=Title Processing&library=ALL&match_on=KEYWORD&shadow=NO&sort_by=-PBYR&user_id=WEBSERVER

A poetic look at a lonely aviator and the value of  friendship, nature and a really great dog in the  post-apocalypse.^AUTHOR^AUTHORS^Author Processing^Author&searchoper2=AND&thesaurus2=AUTHORS&search_entries2=AU&search_type2=AUTHOR&special_proc2=Author Processing&searchdata3=passage&srchfield3=TI^TITLE^SERIES^Title Processing^Title&searchoper3=AND&thesaurus3=SERIES&search_entries3=TI&search_type3=TITLE&special_proc3=Title Processing&library=ALL&match_on=KEYWORD&shadow=NO&sort_by=-PBYR&user_id=WEBSERVER

This genre-crossing novel takes on vampires, military-created viruses and the struggle of lone pockets of civilization to survive.{CKEY}&searchfield1=GENERAL^SUBJECT^GENERAL^^&user_id=WEBSERVER

An interstellar missionary finds the bonds of faith, love and culture tested in a new world, while life on earth collapses.

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