I'm a subscriber of The Listserve, a mailing list where, every day, one of the ~22,000 subscribers is randomly chosen to share something. Last week, I was given this chance. I didn't have much to say (you can read what I wrote here), but I took the opportunity to ask the audience for book/media recommendations.
I've read a lot of end-of-world, apocalyptic stories, and I enjoy them, but I've always wanted to know, "What happened next?" as very few of the tales I read actually ended up with everyone dying.
In high school, one of my favourite genres was dystopian fiction, as it answered a lot of those what-happen-next questions, but ever since I read my first one (Brave New World), I wanted an origin story. I wanted to know how they got from "our world" to the end of the world, and then to thought crime and telescreens.
So, I asked The Listserve members for suggestions. What follows is their recommendations, sorted by how many times each was suggested. I think I've listed each suggestion that I received, but I got a lot of them!
- Station Eleven by Emily Mandel
- A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
- World War Z
- The Stand by Stephen King
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Earth Abides by John Stewart
- Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
- Engine Summer by John Crowley
- Ill Wind by Doug Beason and Kevin J Anderson
- One Second After
- Oryx and Crake
- Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
- The Handmade's Tale
- The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
- The Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
- The Postman by David Brin
- The Silo (series) by Hugh Howey
- Maze Runner
- Nether by Jennifer Haley
- The 100
- Falling Skies
- In The Flesh
- The Leftovers
- The Last of Us
- Zombies Run