This is one of those subjects I’m sure has been done a hundred times on at least a hundred blogs, so before you jump all up in my business let me say this: I searched SHTFblog and didn’t see it here anywhere; therefore, I’m looking to right this injustice with a fun post .
The burning question is: What are the top ten books about the the end of the world?
This turned out to be a lot harder than I thought because there are so many good books out there. But here’s what I came up with…
Rules for this list:
- It must be about the end of the world as we know it.
- A series can be counted as one book. (Hey, I’m making the rules here!)
10 Best TEOTWAWKI Books
Number 10: Earth Abides – George Stewart – 1949
A disease wipes out a good bit of the population.
Number 9: Alas Babylon – Pat Frank 1959
An old classic. Nuclear war at it’s worst (or best.)
Number 8: The Forge of God – Greg Bear 1986
The Earth is destroyed by an alien race, but some are rescued. Chilling depiction of the end of the Earth.
Number 7: Footfall – Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
An alien race lands and takes over.
Number 6: The Road – Cormac McCarthy 2006
Father and son team hit the road looking for a better place to live after TEOTWAWKI.
Number 5: The Dark Tower Series – Stephen King
Stephen King is a SHTF genius. I love the Gun Slinger and all the rest as they walk through a world that has “moved on.” No happy endings here folks.
Number 4: Swan Song – Robert R. McCAmmon
Another nuclear war story. This one has forces of good and evil that battle on after the attack. Awesome book.
Number 3: Hiero Desteen – Hiero’s Journey – Sterling Lanier
Thousands of years after a nuclear war Per Hiero Desteen is tasked with finding a computer to help the good guys overcome the bad. Evil telepaths, intelligent animals, nasty Leemutes and plenty of action. This story rocks.
Number 2: The Stand – Stephen King 1978
Another one from the twisted genius of Stephen King. Captain Trips is accidentally unleashed on the world and this shifting antigen flu kills 99% of the population. Then it gets interesting…
And my all time favorite TEOTWAWKI book….
Drum Roll Please!
Number 1: Lucifer’s Hammer – Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle 1977
A Hot Fudge Sundae that falls on a Tuesdae. A comet strikes the Earth and seriously messes stuff up. How will human kind survive? If you’ve never read Lucifer’s Hammer I feel sorry for you. Go to the Amazon link on the left side of this page and order a copy right now. You’re welcome.
Honorable mention. For those of you who may have read the Sword of Shanarra series I give you The Gypsy Morph – Genesis of Shanarra series. These three books are about how the world of Shannara got it’s start. Excellent reading.
BTW: Now I’m sure there are going to be howls of outrage about why I didn’t put in <name your book>. Ok, here’s your chance. In the comments section below name your book and why you think it deserves a spot on the list!