more uncertain reading for uncertain times

On the Beach is a post-apocalyptic, end-of-the-world novel written by British-Australian author Nevil Shute after he emigrated to Australia. It was published in 1957.

The novel was adapted for the screenplay of a 1959 film featuring Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, and Fred Astaire, and a 2000 television film starring Bryan Brown, Armand Assante and Rachel Ward. BBC Radio 4 broadcast a full cast audio dramatisation in two hour-long episodes as part of their Classic Serial strand in November 2008.

this is how I hope i would face the end of the world, but suspect that I would quickly turn to cannibalism and people farming.

this novel describes a quite end of the world, where all the characters retain their innate dignity and everybody behaves rather well in that 1950s style. the quietness of the writing allows the reader to focus on the sadness of knowing that you are the last few people alive as you wait patiently for the end of the world.

Earth Abides is a 1949 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer George R. Stewart.

it explores the end of civilisation with 3 snap shots following the fall of civilisation after a deadly plague over a 60 year period. it is particulalry strong in its depiction of how useless people are when faced with the colapse of civilisationm, the survivors have no useful skills and end up ekeiing out a life in which they scavenge from the leftovers of their pre-plague lives and within 2 generqations have lost all tecnological knowledge – by section 3, they are using hammered out bullets as arrowheads in their bows and arrows.

Oryx and Crake is a novel by the Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Atwood has at times disputed the novel being science fiction, preferring to label it speculative fiction and “adventure romance” because it does not deal with ‘things that have not been invented yet’[1] and goes beyond the realism she associates with the novel form.

The events of Atwood’s The Year of the Flood (2009) are contemporaneous with those of Oryx and Crake and contain some of the same characters.

complex, sprawling and with multiple story strands, it looks at eco terrorism, genetic modification and how big business spells the end of the world – oh & its beautifully written too


About cathi rae

50ish teacher & aspiring writer and parent of a stroppy teenager and carer for a confused bedlington terrier and a small selection of horses who fail to shar emy dressage ambitions. Interested in contemporary fiction but find myself returning to PG Wodehouse when the chips are down View all posts by cathi rae

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