Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalipse

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalipse by Octavia Butler

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Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon — these are our guides through the Wastelands…

From the Book of Revelation to The Road Warrior; from A Canticle for Leibowitz to The Road, storytellers have long imagined the end of the world, weaving eschatological tales of catastrophe, chaos, and calamity. In doing so, these visionary authors have addressed one of the most challenging and enduring themes of imaginative fiction: the nature of life in the aftermath of total societal collapse.

Gathering together the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of speculative fiction — including George R.R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King — Wastelands explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon. Whether the end of the world comes through nuclear war, ecological disaster, or cosmological cataclysm, these are tales of survivors, in some cases struggling to rebuild the society that was, in others, merely surviving, scrounging for food in depopulated ruins and defending themselves against monsters, mutants, and marauders.

Complete with introductions and an indispensable appendix of recommendations for further reading, Wastelands delves into this bleak landscape, uncovering the raw human emotion and heart-pounding thrills at the genre’s core.

John Joseph Adams is the assistant editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction and a freelance writer. His website is www.johnjosephadams.com.

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Octavia Estelle Butler (English Octavia Estelle Butler ) June 22, 1947 - February 24, 2006 American writer, one of the the most famous African American female writers. She became almost the first black woman to become a world famous fiction writer. "Octavia Butler wrote about the psychology of how unusual creatures find their way in hostile worlds" (Tyler Cowan, 2006) Laurice Butlet - father Octavia M.

Butler - mother Born in Pasadena, pcs.

California) and after five unsuccessful pregnancies, her mother was the long-awaited and only child in the family. Her father worked as a shoe shiner, but died shortly after birth, so the mother had to carry her daughter with her everywhere, even to work. Due to painful shyness and developed dyslexia (the medical term for "reading inability"), the girl did very poorly in high school (John Muir High School). Then she continued her studies at Pasadena College (Pasadena City College, 1965-68). During this time, Octavia worked during the da...

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Octavia Estelle Butler (English Octavia Estelle Butler ) June 22, 1947 - February 24, 2006 American writer, one of the the most famous African American female writers. She became almost the first black woman to become a world famous fiction writer. "Octavia Butler wrote about the psychology of how unusual creatures find their way in hostile worlds" (Tyler Cowan, 2006) Laurice Butlet - father Octavia M. Butler - mother Born in Pasadena, pcs. California) and after five unsuccessful pregnancies, her mother was the long-awaited and only child in the family. Her father worked as a shoe shiner, but died shortly after birth, so the mother had to carry her daughter with her everywhere, even to work. Due to painful shyness and developed dyslexia (the medical term for "reading inability"), the girl did very poorly in high school (John Muir High School). Then she continued her studies at Pasadena College (Pasadena City College, 1965-68). During this time, Octavia worked during the day and studied literature in the evening classes. After that, she enrolled at California State University, and also attended courses at the University of California. She never graduated from California State University. "Switched" to training in seminars. In 1969-70. Butler worked as part of the Open Door Program of the Screen Writers & # 039; Guild of America, West. And in the summer of 1970, under the patronage of Harlan Ellison, she began attending the famous 6-week Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop in Clarion, Pennsylvania. After that, Butler completely switched to literature. For a long time she lived in Los Angeles (California). In the eighties she was invited to the USSR as part of a delegation of American authors. In November 1999, after the death of her mother (her name was also Octavia), she moved to Seattle, where, with the money she received in 1995 from the MacArthur Fellowship, she bought herself a house, from which she left only to give lectures on writing and literature. ... A largely reclusive lifestyle, she was a frequent visitor to the Clarion Seminar, was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and was a board advisor to the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle. ... O. Butler began writing at the age of ten to avoid loneliness and boredom. At first, these were stories about horses, which the girls raved about, and at the age of 11 she switched to love and romantic stories. Butler became interested in science fiction at the age of 12 after watching the cheap movie "Devil Girl from Mars" (Devil Girl from Mars, 1954), where a beautiful Martian woman, accompanied by a personal robot, arrives on Earth and announces that her relatives are on the verge of extinction, so that they need many colonists from Earth to preserve their species. But the inhabitants of our planet do not want to leave their homeland. After that, young Octavia decided that she could write a much better story than this. In addition, she was distinguished by high growth (at the age of 15 her height was 180 cm), which in the compartment to her low social status led to the fact that Butler spent most of her time in the local public library, and from the age of 12 she began to send publishers of their manuscripts. The first publication is the short story Crossover (1971), published in the first Clarion anthology. Her second story, Child Finder, which deals with telepaths` struggle with each other because they could not hide their thoughts and secrets of their souls from each other, was bought by Harlan Ellison for his anthology "The Last Dangerous Visions" (The Last Dangerous Visions), which never saw the light of day. At first, her studies in literature did not bring success, so over the next five years, these two stories were the only works bought from her. But, despite the dissatisfaction of relatives and exhortations of friends to find a decent job, she continued to write. Only in 1976, the first novel of the writer, entitled Patternmaster, was published, on which she had been working for two years. He initiated a series of books about a society of psychics formed by the immortal "immaterial" Doro, which changes bodies over several millennia, weaves its telepathic network, uniting people of different countries and social levels, and as a result creates an empire-utopia. In 1979, the most famous and, as it is considered, the best book of O. Butler - the novel "Kinsfolk", was published, which tells about a black contemporary who travels back in time to save a white man. Knowing firsthand the disrespect her mother endured until she got her daughter on her feet, the novel was written after her friend`s frivolous remarks about the past of the black population of America. The heroine comes from 1976 to the southern states of the last century, where she has to experience firsthand what it means to be a slave. It is interesting that this book was rejected several times by various publishers, but some time after its release, it entered the programs of many US educational institutions. And in 2004 the 25th anniversary edition of the novel was published. The next big cycle of the writer, the "Xenogenesis" trilogy, tells about the survivors of a global catastrophe who are rescued by aliens, whose race is natural "xenophilos". They not only sympathize with the saved, but also want to "become related" with them. For earthlings, a kind of Amazonian jungle has been artificially created, where a small colony will have to adapt not only to a new existence, but also to a new - "inhuman" - future. The "Resistance" movement among the settlers is not able to stop the process of "mixing of races". The heroine Lilith Llapo gives birth to her first child named Akin, who looks like an earthling, but this is only for the time being. Octavia Butler also conceived of writing a dystopian Trilogy about Proverbs, but published only two books from it: The Parable of the Sower (1994) and The Parable of the Talents (1998). In the first novel, the action takes place a year after the collapsed empire called the United States - in 2025. The remaining large cities are surrounded by huge fences, between which poverty, drug addiction and crime flourish. The story in the work is about a black 18-year-old girl Lauren Olamina, who, after the death of her family in Los Angeles, travels to the north of the country to create a new religion, "Seed of the Earth". The action of the second book begins in 2032: in the center of the plot is Lauren`s daughter, young Larkin, who grows up on the North American continent, exhausted by war and religious conservatism. She becomes a member of a public company and eventually the president of the new state. The Parable of the Talents was named one of the best novels in the 1998 Publishers Weekly list. Its action takes place against the backdrop of the continuing collapse of the United States. The established community was found by religious fanatics who committed atrocities here. The third novel was tentatively titled Parable of the Trickster, but was never written. Its plot was supposed to trace the rebirth and survival of the community in the new world. There are very few stories in the assets of the writer, and most of them were made up of a small collection called "Blood Child" and Other Stories "(1995). In recent years, the writer suffered from high blood pressure and heart attacks, so she could not even move for a long time without a break. Over the past decade, she has spent a lot of money on the treatment of the disease, but she became more and more apathy and drowsiness, so that her latest book - the novel "Fledgling Youth" (2005) - came out after seven years of "literary lull." The heroine of the book, Shorey Matthews, is a young black girl with seizures of amnesia who eventually makes a shocking discovery: she is actually a 53-year-old vampire! In addition, she has a genetically altered structure that allows her to calmly experience daylight. Never married, calling herself a "happy hermit" and recognizing herself as an awkward feminist and uncommunicative pessimist, she struggled for many years with poverty (at first her income from writing was only $ 5,000 a year), shyness and self-doubt. In addition, as her very good friend, science fiction writer Harlan Ellison, recalls, Octavia, when she laughed, always covered her mouth with her hands, very embarrassed by her crooked teeth. Another friend of hers, science fiction writer Steven Barnes, pointed to her unusually powerful intellect combined with the darkest black humor. Miss Butler also did not have a driver`s license, which is an exception in a country like America. The disease made itself felt more and more, and during one of the pressure seizures she was near a house in the Seattle suburb of Lake Forest Park, fell and hit her head on a paved path, and on the evening of February 24, 2006 died at Northwest Hospital. Octavia Butler was buried in the city of her childhood in Pasadena, in the old historic cemetery. A month later, with the help of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) and The Carl Brandon Society, the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund was founded to help attending the famous Clarion Seminar. young science fiction writers, aspiring authors of the colored race. The organizers hope to raise about $ 100,000 and award the first scholarships in 2007. Author`s works Novels Series about Doro (in fact, this is a story) "Patternist" 1976 - Mistress of the Matrix (Patternmaster) - ed. Doubleday 1977 - Mind of My Mind - ed. "Doubleday" 1978 - Survivor - ed. Doubleday 1980 - Wild Seed - ed. Doubleday 1984 - Clay`s Ark - ed. "St. Martins Press "1979 - Kindred - ed. Doubleday Xenogenesis Trilogy 1987 - Dawn - ed. Warner Books 1988 - Adulthood Rites - ed. Warner Books 1989 - Imago - ed. Warner Books Parable 1993 - Parable of the Sower. - ed. "Four Walls Eight Windows" Same: 1994 - ed. Seven Stories Press Same: 2007 - ed. Warner Books. - 345 p. $ 13.99 (o) ISBN 0-446-67550-4 1998 - Parable of the Talents - ed. Seven Stories Press 2005 - Fledgling - ed. Seven Stories Press $ 19.96 (n) ISBN 1-583-22690-7 Same: 2007 - ed. Warner Books. - 320 p. $ 13.99 (o) ISBN 0-446-69616-1 Collections 1989 - Xenogenesis - ed. "Doubleday". - 736 p. Dawn Adulthood Rites Imago 1995 - Bloodchild and Other Stories. - ed. Seven Stories. - 146 p. $ 10.00 (o) ISBN 1-888363-36-3 Preface - p. Ix Bloodchild - p. 1-32 The Evening and the Morning and the Night - p. .33-70 We are all one family (Near of Kin) - p. 71-86 Speech Sounds - p. 87-110 Crossover - p. 111-122 Positive Obsession: [Essays] - p.123-136 Scribendi`s indignation (Furor Scribendi): [Essays] - p.137-145 2000 - Lilith`s Brood - ed. Warner Books - [Reissue of the Xenogenesis Trilogy] Dawn Adulthood Rites Imago 2005 - Bloodchild and Other Stories. - 2nd ed. - ed. Consortium Book Sales & amp; Dist ". - 214 p. (o) ISBN 1-58322-698-2 Preface (Preface) Bloodchild Evening and the Morning and the Night We are all one family (Near of Kin) Speech sounds ( Speech Sounds Crossover Amnesty The Book of Martha Positive Obsession: [Essays] Furor Scribendi: [Essays] 2007 - Seed to Harvest. - ed. Warner Books. - 784 p. $ 18.99 (o) ISBN 0-446-69890-3 Wild Seed Mind of My Mind Clay`s Ark Patternmaster Stories and Stories 1971 - Crossover // anthology Clarion, ed. Robert Scott Wilson - ed. Signet 1979 - Mind of My Mind // Science Fiction Special 31 anthology, ed. Anon - ed. "Sidgwick & amp; Jackson "1979 - We Are All One Family (Near of Kin) // Anthology" Chrysalis 4 ", ed. Roy Torgeson - ed. "Zebra" 1981 - Survivor // anthology "Science Fiction Special 32", ed. Anon - ed. "Sidgwick & amp; Jackson "1983 - Speech Sounds // Isaac Asimov`s Science Fiction Magazin, December 1984 - Bloodchild // Isaac Asimov`s Science Fiction Magazin, June 1987 -88 - The Evening and the Morning and the Night Same: 1991 - separate edition. - ed. Pulphouse Pub. 2003 - The Book of Martha // on SciFi.com 2003 - Amnesty // on SciFi.com Publicism 1989 - Birth of a Writer - Later published as Positive Obsession 1993 - Furor Scribendi Awards 1980 - Locus 80 nominated for the novel Kindred 1981 - Locus 81 Nominated for The Wild Seed "1984 - Prize" Hugo-84 "for the story" Sounds of Speech "1985 - Prize" Nebula-84 "for the short story" Blood Child "1985 - nomination for the award of the magazine" Locus-85 "for the novel" The Ark of Clay "1985 - Prize "Hugo-85" for the short story "Bloody child" 1985 - Prize of the magazine "Locus-85" for the short story "Bloody child" 1988 - nomination for the prize of the magazine "Locus-88" for the novel "Dawn" 1989 - nomination for the prize " Dietmar "(Australia) for the novel" Dawn "1989 - nomination for the award of the magazine" Locus-89 "for the novel" Ritual of initiation "1990 - nomination for the award of the magazine" Loku s-90 "for the novel" Imago "1995 - James Tiptree Jr. Prize. Classics for The Wild Seed 1995 - Nominated for the Nebula 94 Award for The Parable of the Sower 1995 - $ 295,000 prize from the MacArthur Foundation, also known as the Grant genius "(genius grant). 1995 - Nominated for the Locus-95 magazine award for the novel "The Parable of the Sower" 1996 - Nominated for the Locus-96 magazine award for the collection Blood Child and Other Stories 1998 - James Tiptree Jr. Award nomination. for the novel "The Parable of the Talents" 1999 - nomination for the Locus-99 magazine award for the novel "The Parable of the Talents" 2000 - the Nebula-99 Award for the novel "The Parable of the Talents" 2000 - the award from the PEN American Center for services to the genre 2001 - nominated for the Arthur Clarke Prize for the novel "The Parable of Talents" 2006 - nominated for the annual Lambda Literary Awards for the novel "Fledgling Youth" Selected editions Dawn: Novel / Per. B. Kadnikova, O. Kolesnikova. - Moscow: International Center for Fiction, 2001 .-- 320 p. 1,000 copies (n) ISBN 5-88483-047-5 Publications in periodicals and collections We are all one family ...: Story // Empire of Darkness. - Krasnoyarsk: Siberian speech, 1992 - p.516-529 Creativity of the author Butler, Octavia Estelle // Bibliography of science fiction. - M .: Kelvory, 1996 - p. 70