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Earth Abides (Millennium SF Masterworks) (original 1949; edition 1999)

by George Rippey Stewart

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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. Only a few survive, strangely immune to the effects of the epidemic, to venture forward to experience a world without humanity.
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Title:Earth Abides (Millennium SF Masterworks)
Authors:George Rippey Stewart
Info:Gollancz (1999), Paperback, 320 pages
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Earth Abides by George R. Stewart (1949)

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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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I read a kindle edition that could have used some editing, but it was a decent story. Strange writing style, but the point came across. Nice to read a post-apocalyptic story that didn't devolve into war, war, war. ( )
  adnohr | Jun 27, 2021 |
so i finaly came through and read this book, i had to read to know what was it about and why people seemed to like it or hate it so much, i loved it, and can see the fantasy through it and also the 50's on it, yes the way Ishwood express himself is a bit outdated, but people need to start thinking he wasnt writting this book for us now, he was writting it for people on his time, where women and even mixed marriages were not well looked upon, actually this book made me think of my grandfather, and how poeple his age thought about the world, when this book was released and won a prize in his genre my grandfather was a boy less than 10 years old, just imagine him reading this, post apocalyptical fiction always makes us feel someting, or fear or that tingling that if things go this way i want to do this or that, well Ish fears made sense, would he be able to help his "wife" bring safely children to this world without a real doctor? uhmm his look at the world if he was an anthropologist makes sense of his scientific mind, sometimes he is also a bit pedant with this superiority, but i can forgive that... people in this kind of books, they lose many things, or they continue losing things its life with all its sadeness. ( )
  usaberi | May 23, 2021 |
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 |
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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
Herholz, UlfCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemos, GregorioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Paolozzi, EduardoCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sander, ErnstTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Taylor, Toni L.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Men go and come, but earth abides ECCLESIASTES, I, 4
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