The Last Librarian

Curating post-apocalyptic and dystopian books.


By Richard Cowper.  1967.

Wrapped in a placental cocoon, he slept for three years – and beyond!  For while he slept, the Great Death moved across the Earth, and mankind was devastated nearly to the point of extinction.  The few survivors degenerated into savages living off the ruins of the past.”



False Dawn

By Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.  1978.  The first chapter of this book appeared as a short story entitled “False Dawn” in Strange Bedfellows, edited by Thomas N. Scortia, published by Random Souse in 1973.

false dawn

Bangs & Whimpers: Stories About the End of the World

Edited by James Frenkel.  1999.  Cover artwork by Ron Walotsky.

Over 50 years of stories by… Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Neil Gaiman, Robert A. Heinlein, Frederik Pohl, Robert Reed, Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, Richard Kadrey, Howard Fast, Frank L. Pollack, J.G. Ballard, Robert Sheckley, Walter Can Tilburg Clark, C.C. Shackleton, John Varley, James Tiptree, Jr., and James Thurber.bangs and whimpers

Hiero Desteen

By Sterling E. Lanier.  Hardcover edition of Hiero’s Journey (1973) and The Unforsaken Hiero (1983).

Welcome to North America, 5,000 years after The Death.  The ruins of the civilized world are overgrown with post-holocaust forest and deadly desert wasteland.  The five Great Lakes have merged to form a cast Inland S3ea.  Evolution has remodeled much of the plant and animal kingdoms.”

Hiero Desteen

Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse

Post-apocalyptic anthology edited by John Joseph Adams.  2008.  Jacket design by Michael Fusco.  Interior layout and design by Jeremy Lassen.  Authors include, Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Paolo Bacigalupi, M. Rickert, Jonathan Lethem, George R. R. Martin, Tobias S. Buckell, Jack McDevitt, Cory Doctorow, James Van Pelt, Richard Kadrey, Catherine Wells, Jerry Oltion, Gene Wolfe, Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Bear, Octavia E. Butler, Carol Emshwiller, Neal Barrett, Jr., Dale Bailey, David Grigg,  and John Langan.


Beyond Armageddon

Edited by Walter M. Miller, Jr. and Martin H. Greenberg.  An anthology.  2006.

Beyond Armageddon

Darkness and Dawn

By Andre Norton.  2003.  Cover art by Bob Eggleton.  Combines two previous works from Andre Norton, Daybreak 2250 A.D. (also published as Star Man’s Son, copyright 1952), and No Night Without Stars (copyright 1975).

Darkness and Dawn

The Book of the New Sun

By Gene Wolfe.  SFBC Edition.  1998.

It begins in a future so distant our civilization is no longer even a memory, and the remnants of our science seem like magical forces.  It is a time when the Sun is dying, and legend speaks of the return of the Coniliator, who will bring about the birth of the New Sun.”

The Book of the New Sun

The Year 2000

An anthology edited by Harry Harrison.  1970.  Book Club edition.  Authors including, Fritz Leiber, Daniel F. Galouye, Chad Oliver, Naomi Mitchison, Mack Reynolds, Brian W. Aldiss, Bertram Chandler, Robert Silverberg, David I. Masson, Keith Laumer, J.J. Coupling, Thomas N. Scortia, and Harry Harrison.

The Year 2000

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