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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2014 7:56 p.m. PST

Looking for some good post apoc nuclear war books. No zombies or raptures. Just good old fashioned fire bathed Armageddon.

I've read Canticle for Liebawitz, The Road, and On the Beach.

What else would you recommend?

Graycat Inactive Member09 Sep 2014 8:33 p.m. PST

Andre Norton's 'Daybreak 2250 AD' (aka 'Starman's Son')

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2014 8:50 p.m. PST


Rich Trevino Inactive Member09 Sep 2014 9:09 p.m. PST

The Old Man and the Wasteland


MHoxie Inactive Member10 Sep 2014 2:15 a.m. PST

Glen Cook's "The Heirs of Babylon":


Useful for post-apocalypse *naval* gamers. Weird, eh? Could inspire a movie: "The Whale-Road Warrior."

zippyfusenet Inactive Member10 Sep 2014 4:59 a.m. PST

Pat Frank Alas Babylon is set squarely in 1959. It's a realistic dramatization of what might have happened in that era.


VCarter Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2014 5:36 a.m. PST

Warday by Strieber and Kunetka a trip across American a few years after a limited nuclear attack in the 1980's is a good read.

boy wundyr x Inactive Member10 Sep 2014 6:59 a.m. PST

Not a nuke (but close), but Niven & Pournelle's Lucifer's Hammer was fun.

For a way-after-the-bombs setting there's the Horseclans series.

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2014 8:41 a.m. PST

I'll second "The Old Man and the Wasteland".

Surprised how good it was, especially considering it is the author's first book.


Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2014 8:42 a.m. PST

And let me be the first to say how tired I am by all the zombie, vampire and such books (smile) now out there.


RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member10 Sep 2014 10:18 a.m. PST

you might like "flashback" by Dan Simmons.

pvernon10 Sep 2014 2:13 p.m. PST

Another for Alas Babylon.

jpattern210 Sep 2014 4:07 p.m. PST

"A Boy and His Dog" by Harlan Ellison, in the collection I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream. It's even better than the movie, which I also love.

zippyfusenet Inactive Member10 Sep 2014 5:39 p.m. PST

Warday is a great read…but it's not post-apocalyptic. The theme is that the calamity is limited, and that, while many things change, many more things continue, more or less.

Wizard Whateley10 Sep 2014 6:11 p.m. PST

Not nuke but bio: "Earth Abides". "Farnham's Freehold" is weird but entertaining.

mad monkey 110 Sep 2014 6:32 p.m. PST

Go-go Girls of the Apocalypse.


Rich Trevino Inactive Member10 Sep 2014 6:32 p.m. PST

And i see that the Old Man and the Wasteland is now part of a trilogy of stories by the same author titled the Wasteland Saga

jpattern210 Sep 2014 7:26 p.m. PST

Go-Go Girls of the Apocalypse is much better than the title would lead you to believe. Recommended.

Rich Trevino Inactive Member10 Sep 2014 7:43 p.m. PST

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Bob in Edmonton11 Sep 2014 6:01 a.m. PST

The last ship. Can't recall the author, sorry.

Princeps Inactive Member11 Sep 2014 12:11 p.m. PST

Damnation Alley and A Boy and His Dog are two very good novels.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2014 1:50 p.m. PST

Cheers all for the suggestions.

Cosmic Reset Inactive Member11 Sep 2014 6:25 p.m. PST

I asked a similar question (more little more general) on the main boards a while back, ton of great recommendations:

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Earth Abides is probably my fav (along with Lebowitz), but not about a war at all.

Alas Babylon is classic.

Go Go Girls is a blast, I think a must for gamers.

Some other war related titles that I'd recommend:

One Second After by Forstchen is quite good about the aftermath of an EMP attack.

The World Ends in Hickory Hollow by Mayhar is good, but deals with life outside of the warzone in small town and country America. A PA story as Gramma might tell it. Might not be gritty enough depending on your taste.

Eternity Road by McDevitt is good, set long after the war. Love the journey through the ruins of the past.

This is the Way the World Ends has some interesting stuff, but got a little too mystical weird for me though.

The Last Centurion by Ringo struck me as a really good read. Not about an apocalyptic war proper, but about US forces trying to make their way home from the Mid-East after an ice age. Very gritty, matter of fact.

Swan Song by McCammon was interesting, crosses into that mystical realm a bit, but I enjoyed it.

I know there are a bunch more on that other thread, that I'm forgetting at the moment. Probably worth checking out.

Old Slow Trot Inactive Member01 Oct 2014 6:43 a.m. PST

Then there's paperback book series like "Deathlands",and similar themed series.

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