HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
Search Site
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Loading...

Earth Abides (1949)

by George R. Stewart

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations / Mentions
3,1331043,139 (3.94)1 / 291
A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. Only a few survive, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, to venture forward to experience a world without humanity.
  1. 80
    The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham (infiniteletters)
  2. 50
    The Stand {1978} by Stephen King (sturlington)
    sturlington: Stephen King has said that Earth Abides was an inspiration for The Stand.
  3. 30
    The Death of Grass by John Christopher (timspalding)
    timspalding: Another (and far better) classic post-apocalyptic story.
  4. 20
    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.
  5. 10
    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.
  6. 10
    On the Beach by Nevil Shute (sturlington)
  7. 00
    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
  8. 00
    The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya (agmlll)
  9. 12
    The Dog Stars by Peter Heller (IamAleem)
  10. 23
    World War Z by Max Brooks (timspalding)
  11. 02
    The World Without Us by Alan Weisman (Anonymous user)
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

» See also 291 mentions

English (101)  French (1)  Spanish (1)  All languages (103)
Showing 1-5 of 101 (next | show all)
this is a version of a post apocalyptic USA that is done without an Atomic War. That radiation problem is a real trial for the Science Fiction writers of the 1950's. Deep in the American psyche is the pioneer frame of mind, and Stewart creates a reasonable setting for the meme. It was readable. I like Sterling's new medievalism better. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Mar 18, 2021 |
I stopped reading at the halfway mark. The plot was too familiar and the story felt soulless. Meh. ( )
  3argonauta | Jan 31, 2021 |
If this was a movie - it would be a slow burn burn. Its more about the characters than the events. A solid classic that tells the tale of why knowledge should be passed down and also that the worthy don't always survive- however, the earth will adjust. Should be read by anyone who enjoys the dystopian or post-apocalyptical. ( )
  Spiceca | Jan 28, 2021 |
I think I found this book on the same list as "After London." Originally written in 1949, this apocalyptic novel follows Isherwood Williams, a graduate student who leaves near Berkeley, who survives an unknown plague which kills off most of the people in the cities. Ish, naturally curious and surprisingly unaffected by the destruction of mankind, explores the country to see the slow encroachment of the wilderness upon civilization, and searches among the survivors for the individuals that he believes will be the catalyst for a new generation. He meets a woman named Em, a strong African-American lady who agrees to marry Ish and becomes a mother figure to the new community of survivors, the Tribe.

There are some really interesting scenarios in the novel, especially relating to the checks and balances on populations of domestic pests such as ants and rats; the reluctance of the Tribe to move from being scavengers and relying on their past resources to innovating and creating tools for proactive survival. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
on the one hand, there is a lot of racism, misogyny, and ableism in this book. on the other I was fascinated by the setup because it's a worse pandemic than covid by a lot and what happened after. But on the other hand, the main character is an unlikeable asshole and also the survival science is uh… questionable? I don't know. This is like a 1 or 2 for actual content and a 4 or 5 for bubblegum, so I've compromised it to a 3.

There is probably a less problematic book covering the same shit that is a 5. ( )
  joelmeador | Sep 6, 2020 |
Showing 1-5 of 101 (next | show all)
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

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
Herholz, UlfCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemos, GregorioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paolozzi, EduardoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sander, ErnstTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, Toni L.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Willis, ConnieIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Men go and come, but earth abides ECCLESIASTES, I, 4
Dedication
To Jill
First words
. . . and the Government of the United States of America is herewith suspended, except in the District of Columbia, as of the emergency.
Quotations
Last words
(Click to show. Warning: May contain spoilers.)
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Information from the French Common Knowledge. Edit to localize it to your language.
Blurbers
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

A disease of unparalleled destructive force has sprung up almost simultaneously in every corner of the globe, all but destroying the human race. Only a few survive, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, to venture forward to experience a world without humanity.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.94)
0.5
1 10
1.5 4
2 43
2.5 13
3 142
3.5 52
4 281
4.5 41
5 243

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 157,738,927 books! | Top bar: Always visible