Armgeddons-Edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

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Twelve stories from 1951,63,71,77,82,83,84,95,96,98. All stories focus on how the world ends or what happens afterwards.   Favorites:

“A Desperate Calculus” (1995) – Gregory Benford writing as Sterling Blake – The world’s population has exploded. A married couple working for the UN are fighting a super virus. Nice twist in the tale.

“The Peacemaker” (1983) – Gardner Dozois – Global warming has caused the ice cap to melt and the oceans have flooded the continents. In New Jersey a cult is trying to survive. Their fanatic leader thinks he knows what to do to keep everyone safe. The story won the Nebula Award.

“A Pail Of Air” (1951) – Fritz Leiber – A dark star has grabbed the Earth and pulled it into an orbit near Pluto. The air is gone and is now frozen ice crystals. One family thinks they’re the last people on Earth as they survive in what they call a nest. It involves bringing back buckets of ice that they melt to get air.

“The Great Nebraska Sea” (1963) – Alan Danzig – All about a fictional fault line in the middle of the U.S. that finally becomes active. Eight states are virtually gone.

“The Last Sunset” (1996) – Geoffrey A.Landis – A short one that’s long in poignant impact. In ninety minutes a comet will hit the Earth ending it all. A shy astronomer makes a big decision he should have tried before.

Other authors: Frederic Pohl, Nancy Kress, Richard Cowper, Howard Waldrop, Raccoona Sheldon aka James Tiptree,jr., real name:Alice Sheldon, Larry Niven and William Barton.

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3 Responses to Armgeddons-Edited by Jack Dann & Gardner Dozois

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    “A Pail Of Air” (1951) – Fritz Leiber — great fun!

    Speaking of the editor, have you read any of Jack Dann’s SF?

  2. vintage45 says:

    Never read any of his novels or short stories. That’s not on purpose it’s just that I’ve only run across anthologies he’s edited.

    • Joachim Boaz says:

      Same with me. I’m twitter “friends” with him and feel pretty silly that I haven’t read his short stories or novels. I should rectify that by acquiring his collection Timetipping (1980).

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