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Earth Abides by George R. Stewart
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Earth Abides (1949)

by George R. Stewart

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    The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (infiniteletters)
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    The Stand {1978} by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: Stephen King has said that Earth Abides was an inspiration for The Stand.
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    The Death of Grass by John Christopher (timspalding)
    timspalding: Another (and far better) classic post-apocalyptic story.
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    Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (jlparent)
    jlparent: Main character witnesses/narrates the fall of civilization and its rebirth over a long time.
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    Empty World by John Christopher (ecureuil)
    ecureuil: Both books share a story based on the world population being wiped out by a deadly disease, and a young survivor left alone trying to survive
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    The Drowned World by J. G. Ballard (Bookmarque)
    Bookmarque: another post-apocalyptic book that takes a more introspective approach to the role of humans on the earth.
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    The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya (agmlll)
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    The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (Anonymous user)
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    The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (IamAleem)
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    World War Z by Max Brooks (timspalding)
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A post-apocalyptic gem. An academic awakes from delirium to find a disease has driven away or killed all except a few who are immune. The following story is more than a tale of survival. It's a thoughtful study of society, environment, and the human condition. What thoughts and urges pass through the survivors? How do their outlooks differ? Do the stragglers work together and, if so, do they form a new civilisation? What tenets or mores do newly founded societies hold? How does the animal extinct to preserve its species manifest itself? These are universal, ageless questions; and the fact Stewart addresses them is why at no point does the novel feel dated.

Earth Abides inspired Stephen King's post-apocalyptic The Stand. ( )
  jigarpatel | Apr 22, 2019 |

Obra maestra postapocalíptica. ¡No te la pierdas!

Lee mi reseña completa aquí. ( )
  LuisBermer | Sep 2, 2018 |
Post-apocalyptic novel written by someone with zero understanding of biology, sociology or psychology.

How this can pass as a classic of the genre is beyond me, even despite it's age. Very badly written, very cliche and flat characters. The main character is barely human and acts like an autist without feelings. Nothing makes any sense.

Might have passed as interesting 50 years ago, but aged very badly. Probably only remembered because it was one of the first "virus-apocalypse" novels.

1.5 / 5. ( )
  summerloud | Jul 27, 2018 |
SF
  stevholt | Nov 19, 2017 |
A fascinating post-apocalyptic novel that takes place primarily in Northern California. ( )
  bness2 | May 23, 2017 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Stewart, George R.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Abbett, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bacon, C.W.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brunner, JohnForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Davis, JonathanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Edwards, LesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fournier-Pargoire, JeanneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Fowke, BobCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gleeson, TonyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemos, GregorioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paolozzi, EduardoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sander, ErnstTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willis, ConnieIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Men go and come, but earth abides ECCLESIASTES, I, 4
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A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.


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A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. One survivor, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, ventures forward to experience a world without man. What he ultimately discovers will prove far more astonishing than anything he'd either dreaded or hoped for.… (more)

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