1. I’m finally the owner of one of the 50s/60s post-apocalyptic novels…. I suspect the 1959 film adaptation of Nevil Shute’s On the Beach (1957), which I did not enjoy, was the reason I’ve taken so long to acquire a copy.
It’ll fit neatly into my recent themed review sequence:
- John Christopher’s The Death of Grass (variant title: No Blade of Grass) (1965) — forthcoming review.
- John Christopher’s A Wrinkle in the Skin (variant title: The Ragged Edge) (1965)
- Alfred Coppel’s Dark December (1960)
- Wilson Tucker’s The Long Loud Silence (1952, revised 1969)
2. A far lesser known UK post-apocalyptic novel–SF Encyclopedia compares Philip McCutchan’s A Time for Survival (1965) to the relentless despair of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (2006
3. I’ve yet to read any of Walter Tevis’ SF–I’ve acquired his post-apocalyptic novel Mockingbird (1980).
4. And finally, the least-known quantity of this post…. an impulse buy (SF and noir is a fun combo) at my local Half Price.
Let me know what books/covers intrigue you. Which have you read? Disliked? Enjoyed?
1. On the Beach, Nevil Shute (1957)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1986 edition) Continue reading Updates: Recent Mostly Apocalyptic Science Fiction Acquisitions No. CCXXIX (Nevil Shute, Walter Tevis, Philip McCutchan, and Lawrence Watt-Evans)