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Wastelands: The New Apocalypse

(Wastelands #3)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  233 ratings  ·  44 reviews
The brilliant new post-apocalyptic collection by master anthologist John Joseph Adams, for the first time including new stories by the edgiest modern writers.

New short fiction by many of the edgiest modern authors, offering tales of life after the apocalyptic event or events that end society as we know it today. In addition to a selection of newly reprinted works, WASTELAN
Kindle Edition, 512 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Titan Books
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Jul 17, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition

009 - INTRODUCTION by John Joseph Adams
011 - "BULLET POINT" by Elizabeth Bear
028 - "THE RED THREAD" by Sofia Samatar
038 - "EXPEDITION 83" by Wendy N. Wagner
056 - "THE LAST TO MATTER" by Adam-Troy Castro
078 - "NOT THIS WAR, NOT THIS WORLD" by Jonathan Maberry
094 - "WHERE WOULD YOU BE NOW" by Carrie Vaughn
119 - "THE ELEPHANTS’ CREMATORIUM" by Timothy Mudie
130 - "BONES OF GOSSAMER" by Hugh Howey
140 - "AS GOOD AS NEW" by Charlie Jane Anders
157 - "ONE DAY ONLY" by Tananarive Due
176 - "BLACK,
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“My point being: we’re almost certainly and in all conceivable ways fucked six ways to Sunday”.

The brilliant new post-apocalyptic collection by master anthologist John Joseph Adams, for the first time including new stories by the edgiest modern writers.

New short fiction by many of the edgiest modern authors, offering tales of life after the apocalyptic event or events that end society as we know it today. In addition to a selection of newly reprinted works, WASTELANDS 3 will feature
The Artisan Geek
Jun 09, 2019 marked it as to-read
The people over at Titan Books were so kind to send me a copy of this book! I saw Ken Liu and Seanan McGuire on the cover and my mind went 'YES. YES PLEASE'.

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Bill Zawrotny
Dec 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Definitely not as good as the first two Wasteland anthologies. An overabundance of progressive lifestyle stories...even post-apocalyptic stories are going down the politically correct path. Nonetheless, a few gems in here.
Neil J Radulski
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
So so

The stories were average. More than a few of them tried too hard to be “woke” and veered into preachy.
What a great read! Not a miss among the selections and there is something for everyone that enjoys this type of story. Wastelands 3: The New Apocalypse contains 34 gems of the genre. It is not all gloom and doom, there are plenty of stories with hope at the end and even better, plenty of contemplative stories. Do not worry, enough action for all of the adrenaline junkies. John Joseph Adams has assembled another masterpiece and I personally think it is the best of the three. ...more
Well, this was a disappointing collection of short stories. I became so bored and frustrated with it that I've given up around chapter 17.
The only stories that really stood out for me were Hugh Howey, Ken Liu and Timothy Mudie.

There is a mix of narrators for each story. Some were really good and and others were absolutely appalling and actually sounded like they were making a mockery of narrating a short story/novella.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I love apocalyptic and dystopian literature
Jeff Ranger
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
This should have been a slam dunk. I usually love post -apocalyptic stories. But there uniformly precious little excitement or adventure here, almost no exploration of setting.

Strangely, most of the stories feature LGBTQ themes or protagonists. If that's your thing, this is a goldmine for you. I'm kind of shocked that there wasn't some mention of it on the dust jacket if they were trying to make some point about excluding cis male protagonists.

Seregil of Rhiminee
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Risingshadow.

Wastelands: The New Apocalypse is the new post-apocalyptic anthology by the editor John Joseph Adams (this anthology is the third book in the Wastelands series). The editor has assembled an impressive anthology of short stories focusing on what life would be like after the end of the world as we know it. The stories represent a wide range of perspectives and encompass diverse points of view.

This anthology presents readers with various post-apocalyptic scenari
Bonnie McDaniel
John Joseph Adams is one of the foremost editors and anthologists of our times. The list of anthologies he has edited or co-edited is impressive, and I own several of them, including the first two volumes of this series. I don't think this is quite as impressive as some (especially Cosmic Powers) simply because this end-of-the-world concept has been done so many times before that it's really hard to come up with a fresh take on it. At this point in the series, I think the stories have to be more ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: titan
I genuinely cannot remember the last time I read a short story collection so consistently stunning. Honestly, there's not a weak one in the bunch, and that's saying a lot considering there are 34 tales of post-apocalyptic life in this hefty volume. Whether the end of the world comes about due to war or infection or alien invasion or climate disaster (or other reason I'm presently forgetting,) these stories chronicle the ways life goes on. It is a surprisingly joyous anthology. Hope is one throug ...more
Joel Alex
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
So many great stories in this collection, special shout outs to; Expedition 83 by Wendy Wagner, One Day Only by Tananarive Due, The Plague by Ken Liu, Cannibal Acts by Maureen F. McHugh, The Air is Chalk by Richard Kadrey. Really solid book and it is a perfect read for right now.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazingly well built anthology with a seriously high level of storytelling. It also tends to have a moment of hope in dark times plus reflect people who aren’t all lantern jawed Male heroes. Fantastic

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Corban Ford
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This anthology was a solid assemblage of post-apocalypse fiction by some very talented writers. Regardless of how each writer surmised the world would meet its end, the stories were moving and surprisingly human.
For a book as gloomy as this one, I was pleasantly surprised that I obtained a lot more enjoyment from it than I was expecting.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I get that there’s gay people in the apocalypse, I just don’t need an entire book about it. Don’t @ me.
Amy Walker  - Trans-Scribe Reviews
'Wastelands: The New Apocalypse' is the latest anthology from Titan Books, and the third book in the Wastelands series. Edited by John Joseph Adams, it collects together an impressive thirty-four short stories that take readers through a host of post-apocalyptic fiction.

One of the most impressive things about this collection is the sheer variety in the stories that it provides. The apocalypse is a wide and fertile environment, a place where writers can tell almost any kind of story, in as differ
Justin Pickett
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Meh. I zoned out for most of the book/short stories. Mostly, it feels like a collection of unrelated, semi-interesting events. There are very few real stories (e.g., that have arcs). By my count, the hit rate is 7/34 (or 21%). Here are the seven short stories I liked, starting with the best:

“Last Chance” (Nicole Kornher-Stace)
“Expedition 83” (Wendy Wagner)
“Cannibal Acts” (Maureen F. McHugh)
“And the Rest of Us Wait” (Corrine Duyvis)
“Burn 3” (Kami Garcia)
“Bones of Gossamer” (Hugh Howey)
“The Last t
Nerdycellist D
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really well-done anthology, with some unexpected humor. Only skipped two stories of all the short stories which is a good ratio.
Book Hunter B
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Please read my full review here.

Received free of charge in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.

When reading stories about the apocalypse, one theme is almost always prevalent: hope. Even in the wake of absolute destruction, mankind will always strive for survival, no matter what the circumstances. What that hope looks like may differ from person to person, but the overarching desire to know we continue on is always at the forefront. Each of these stories is an example of how we surv
Bill VanderGiesen
So difficult to write reviews, in my opinion, of a collection of short stories, even with a centralized topic of "post-apocalypse." Overall, this particular work took me considerably longer to read than many works, because so many of the stories were so incredibly thought provoking in approaching the subject from different angles than what I normally read, which certainly gave insight into the types of authors I need to search out.

They say headaches are from the brain delving into new pathways,
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed all the volumes in this apocalyptic short-story collection - it's a very well curated set - but what really set this apart from what came before was the sheer, delightful diversity of characters and perspectives. I mean, I enjoy the genre, but I can't remember when I last read a collection with stories including trans, disabled, indigenous, etc. characters all nestled in close proximity with all the usual peeps. [Too bad they're all scrabbling to survive in these horrific settings. ...more
Arely Ayala
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This collection was pretty good, some of the stories were just ok or pretty good! The stories did not have alot of blood and gore and killing. I think they focused alot on the human aspect of things. My favorite stories were
1. My absolute favorite so far is: Black, Their Regalia - Darcie Little Badger --MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE. (gave me a little charles delint vibe) Love the characters and the plot) Want a whole entire book on it.
2. So Sharp, so bright, so final- Seanan Mcguire- One of my favorite
Pamela Scott
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it

copy from @TitanBooks and voluntarily reviewed

Wastelands, the first collection of stories edited by John Joseph Adams cemented my love of apocalyptic / dystopian fiction and contained one of my all-time favourite stories, The End of the Whole Mess by Stephen King. So I had high hopes for this collection. This third outing more or less met these expectations and was very satisfying. I will need to read the second volume. One of the strengths of this collect
Jeff Lanter
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
While I didn't love the previous two versions of Wastelands, I did enjoy them and they are generally a good value for money so when I saw that volume 3 had come out, I picked it up without hesitation. I was pleasantly surprised that this volume was as good, if not better, then the previous two. There is a pretty nice variety in the stories here and it felt like there were some fresh ideas as well. It is worth noting that I started reading these both before and after Coronavirus has hit the Unite ...more
Aug 19, 2020 rated it liked it
So I bought this before our current slow-motion apocalypse, and no writers really touched too closely on our current predicament. It was all rather predictable and cliche, but there were some good stories. The first one and the last one were well done, by Elizabeth Bear and Shaenon K. Garrity. The twist on the old genie with three wishes trope by Charlie Jane Anders was also good. As for the big names, the Wool guy (Hugh Howey) spun a good one out of Fiji, and the Windup Girl guy (Paolo Bacigalu ...more
Gary Siebert
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read all three volumes of this excellent series. This was my least favorite volume, but still a very good read. You don't need to read them in any particular order but I would recommend starting with volume 1, as I think it is the best. Some of the stories you will have encountered in other anthologies or publications, but only a few. Many of the stories are about ecological disaster, so called cli-fi, which is a subject I enjoy(?).
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book because of the fact I had not read stories by some of these writers and wanted to see if I would like them. The good news is I have bought books by these new to me people so now I have even titles on my tbr pile.

Some of these stories were really good, like the Richard Kadrey, Seanan McGuire, and Scott Sigler and then there were the not so good ones which made me take so long in finishing this book.

All in all, this book was good and I plan on getting the first 2 editions.
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Might as well use this as a textbook for world building. A few silly stories that were not to my taste, but of 34 excellent ones, only about 3 didn't hot the mark for me. A few made me put down the book so I could digest, and Susan Jane Bigelow's "the eyes of the flood" haunts me. Bonus for writers of apocalyptic fiction: includes a comprehensive list of places that publish the work, in author bios.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great apocalypse anthology from John Joseph Adams. I agree with other Goodread readers, I also thought this was a gloomier collection from the previous Wastelands books. I also found that the pandemic stories a little tougher to read due to currently being in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is very difficult to rate this one. Between the three, this collection contained the very best and the worst stories.

The thing that stick out the most, it broke that cardinal rule: no zombies; sacrilege.
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John Joseph Adams is the series editor of BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY. He is also the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, such as ROBOT UPRISINGS, DEAD MAN'S HAND, BRAVE NEW WORLDS,WASTELANDS, and THE LIVING DEAD. Recent and forthcoming books include WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?, OPERATION ARCANA, PRESS START TO PLAY, LOOSED UPON THE WORLD, and THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH (consisti ...more

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