Ten of the best… Post-apocalyptic novels

Ten nasty, brutish and short (sometimes) end-of-the-world tales.

hor14. I Am Legend

Published: 1954
Author:
Richard Matheson
Awards:
N/A
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Made famous by a number of loose film adaptations over the years since its first publication, I Am Legend tells the story of Robert Neville, who appears to be the sole survivor of a virus that has ravaged the world, causing symptoms akin to vampirism. In addition to its horror themes, it also has a strong social message as well.

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earthAbidesWeb3. Earth Abides

Published: 1949
Author:
George R Stewart
Awards:
International Fantasy (1951)
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Being one of Stephen King’s main inspirations for The Stand, Earth Abides is a celebrated novel that deals with the death of civilisation and its rebirth. Much of the novel’s conflict revolves around the rebuilding, and choices as to what form the world will take.

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