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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #60 on: January 12, 2009, 10:03:25 PM »
Thanks for all the book suggestions guys (although my wife wouldn't agree)! 

I just finished Alas Babylon.  It is not a really detailed account of survival after nuclear war but leaves you what to think about - don't forget to stock up on salt!

I have also been reading Lights Out - this one is lots of fun! 

I just started the postman and can't wait to get through some more. 


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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #61 on: January 13, 2009, 12:23:37 PM »
Just some additions that I haven't seen on here:

"Dies the Fire" by S.M. Stirling:  One wierd flash of light across the world and something happens to one subset of the laws of physics.  Electricity cannot be generated, certain chemical reactions are radically slowed down. . .in other words. . .even though we know how to make electricity, we can't.  Gunpowder doesn't work.

http://www.amazon.com/Dies-Fire-S-M-Stirling/dp/0451460413/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294952595&sr=1-1

Sorta kicks the gun-oriented survivalists right in the 'nads.

Along a similar vein is "Pesthouse" by Jim Crace

http://www.amazon.com/Pesthouse-Vintage-Jim-Crace/dp/0307278956/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294952636&sr=1-1

The entire "The Guardians" series. . well. . .at least until around book 10.  Then some ghost writer messed it all up.
http://www.amazon.com/Demon-Blood-Guardian-Meljean-Brook/dp/0425235475/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294952675&sr=1-1


Lots of sci-fi post-apocalyptic fantasy in "Deathlands" but it's actually about 100 years after a massive nuclear war.
http://www.amazon.com/Pilgrimage-Hell-Deathlands-James-Axler/dp/0373485956/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294952743&sr=1-1

Harlan Ellison's "A Boy and His Dog" (new edition coming, per Amazon)
http://www.amazon.com/Boy-His-Dog-Harlan-Ellison/dp/0871881187/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294952777&sr=1-2

Even though it's better known for the movie, there is a book "Damnation Alley."  (Wife won't let me buy a Landmaster.)
http://www.amazon.com/Damnation-Alley-Roger-Zelazny/dp/0743486625/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294952828&sr=1-1
I haven't seen anyone post "Farnham's Freehold."  That's an ABSOLUTE classic.


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This is a little esoteric, and I'm not sure you can find them here as I found them when stationed in Europe in the mid-80's at the Brit's version of a PX : "The Zone" by James Rouch.  Mainly deals with a bunch of soldiers caught up in a war, but there's a lot of interesting speculation.
http://www.amazon.com/Hard-Target-Zone-J-Rouch/dp/0821714929/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294952911&sr=1-1

Also, believe it or not, Levar Burton (who played Geordi LaForge on Star Trek: The Next Generation) wrote quite a passable work with "Aftermath."
http://www.amazon.com/Aftermath-LeVar-Burton/dp/0446605018/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294952966&sr=1-1

There's also "Pendulum" by John Christopher as well as "The Long Winter."
http://www.amazon.com/Pendulum-John-Christopher/dp/0718112393/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294953012&sr=1-1
http://www.amazon.com/long-winter-John-Christopher/dp/B00005WAFN/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294953043&sr=1-1

Some others that I can see on my shelf :

Endworld
http://www.amazon.com/Endworld-01-Fox-David-Robbins/dp/0843923636/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294953088&sr=1-1
Glimmering
http://www.amazon.com/Glimmering-Novel-Elizabeth-Hand/dp/0061012165/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294953123&sr=1-1
Day of the Triffids
Cat's Cradle (Ah. . .Vonnegut)
http://www.amazon.com/Cats-Cradle-Novel-Kurt-Vonnegut/dp/038533348X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294953158&sr=1-1
Battlefield Earth (L. Ron. . .is that you?)
http://www.amazon.com/Battlefield-Earth-Saga-Year-3000/dp/1592120539/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294953191&sr=1-1
This Is The Way The World Ends
http://www.amazon.com/This-World-Ends-James-Morrow/dp/0156002086/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294953229&sr=1-1
Plague Year
http://www.amazon.com/Plague-Year-Jeff-Carlson/dp/044101514X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294953281&sr=1-1
Z for Zachariah
http://www.amazon.com/Z-Zachariah-Robert-C-OBrien/dp/1416939210/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294953319&sr=1-1
The Drowned World
http://www.amazon.com/Drowned-World-J-G-Ballard/dp/1857988833/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294953362&sr=1-1
Day-by-Day Armageddon
http://www.amazon.com/Day-Armageddon-J-L-Bourne/dp/1439176671/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1294953390&sr=1-1

And the book that was the first Post Apocalyptic fiction novel that I read when I was in the 4th grade: The Tripods by Christopher Barry.

Yeah, it has a lot of sci-fi in it. . .but it was good enough that it bit me like a bug.

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #63 on: February 09, 2009, 11:31:47 AM »
+1 for "The Road"   Scary stuff

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #64 on: February 09, 2009, 06:11:20 PM »
No one has mentioned "World Made by hand"? Great book, good for introducing the genteler side of survivalism.
Also My take on the road is only read if you can withstand the amount of depression it instills in you. Gawd I felt aweful almost the entire time I read it. So sad, but things are going to be like that in the end for some people.

http://www.amazon.com/World-Made-James-Howard-Kunstler/dp/0802144012/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294953601&sr=1-1

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #65 on: February 09, 2009, 06:29:57 PM »
No one has mentioned "World Made by hand"? Great book, good for introducing the genteler side of survivalism.
Also My take on the road is only read if you can withstand the amount of depression it instills in you. Gawd I felt aweful almost the entire time I read it. So sad, but things are going to be like that in the end for some people.

Yes,  I have that book.  I am going to read it when I finish the long emergency.

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #66 on: February 09, 2009, 07:51:51 PM »
I just got through reading 'The Road' yesterday. Yes, it was good. Very good. But damn...  it was IMO completely depressing. Did no one else feel that way?
I read the first half of the book the day I got it.  That night I put my 3 yo son in bed with me and kept reaching over to amke sure he was breathing.  This is a great book, but yes extremly depressing.

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #67 on: February 09, 2009, 10:06:13 PM »
No mention of the James Wesley, Rawles book "Patriots - Surviving the coming collapse"  I thought that he did a great job with a plausible SHTF scenarios.
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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #68 on: February 09, 2009, 10:20:42 PM »
Nobody has mentioned the "Hatchet" series.

I read the first three while I was in the Scouts, and they made me think.
The Hatched books and "My Side of The Mountian" Will be read to my child when he/she is born  ;D


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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #69 on: February 10, 2009, 04:25:58 PM »
Here's another link to my short story Cold Camp- http://www.ar15.com/content/page.html?id=200

also-the .pdf file can be downloaded here-  http://www.drzero.org/fiction/files/cold_camp.pdf

I have an editor now, I'm working on cleaning the story up and making it better.

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #70 on: February 12, 2009, 09:47:33 AM »
First a request to the Monitors: An off Post sub-directory form of Listing of Survival Books for reference, please.... might also be good for other things, a listing attached to a forum post... like recipes, URLs, ammo, etc... things that get re-posted often because they get lost in the depths of a thread and are hard to find.
OK... here are some books I've read that are great Survival reads....
C. Palmer's "Emergence"  it's about survival after a world wide genetic plague, so is Frank Herbert's "White Plague" (think it's F Herbert)
Edgar Pangborn's "Davy"  which is about some 1000 years after nuclear war
many of Andre Norton's books are about post nuclear war... "Starman's Son/Daybreak2250" for one...,
And the wonderful Roger Finlay "Wonder Island Boys"  'bout a couple of boys and an old professor cast away on an island. Some great "how-to" stuff in these books!

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #71 on: February 14, 2009, 02:31:39 AM »
First a request to the Monitors: An off Post sub-directory form of Listing of Survival Books for reference, please.... might also be good for other things, a listing attached to a forum post... like recipes, URLs, ammo, etc... things that get re-posted often because they get lost in the depths of a thread and are hard to find.
Sandra here you go.  The list of books & stories per your request.

It's located in The Repository.

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« Reply #72 on: February 14, 2009, 05:53:04 AM »
Thank You DeltaEchoVictor!!  And now I'll add a survival series I don't see on the list: William Johnstone's "Ashes" series...the first one  is "Out of the Ashes"  this series is hard core conservative, very military and quite tongue-in-cheek at times.  I loved his phrase "hanky-stomping liberals". His hero Ben Raines pulls no punches, gives no quarter, takes no hostages, follows Marine rules, is beloved by his "troops" and despised by his enemies. 

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #73 on: February 14, 2009, 09:00:39 AM »
First a request to the Monitors: An off Post sub-directory form of Listing of Survival Books for reference, please.... might also be good for other things, a listing attached to a forum post... like recipes, URLs, ammo, etc... things that get re-posted often because they get lost in the depths of a thread and are hard to find.
Sandra here you go.  The list of books & stories per your request.

It's located in The Repository.

+1 fer my friend DEV for putting together such a fine list and a +1 fer Sandra for suggesting it.  AND...  you know...  Anytime a thread becomes 10/20/30 (whatever) messages long and contains bits and pieces of the thread information all over the place, moderators should extricate the information and sticky a link to it at the top of the thread.

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #74 on: February 15, 2009, 05:49:06 PM »
Has anyone read The Road by Cormac McCarthy?

I just ordered "The Road", along with "Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse".

Great thread!!

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #75 on: February 15, 2009, 09:06:26 PM »
Read "Patriots" over Christmas and it was the first book I've read with the newly developing preparedness mindset.  So it will always have a special place in my heart.

I really enjoyed it.  My in laws were in town at the time so I had to fight with my father in law to get my hands on it to read because he picked it up and could not put it down.  They left to go back home before he finished so we order him a copy to finish when he got home.


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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #76 on: February 16, 2009, 07:27:25 PM »
No one has mentioned "World Made by hand"? Great book, good for introducing the genteler side of survivalism.
Also My take on the road is only read if you can withstand the amount of depression it instills in you. Gawd I felt aweful almost the entire time I read it. So sad, but things are going to be like that in the end for some people.

Yes,  I have that book.  I am going to read it when I finish the long emergency.

Just finished The Long Emergency and World Made by Hand, back to back.  The Long Emergency is an analysis of the upcoming economic crisis, touches on the effects of peak oil on America and the world, and goes into detail on how no form of energy (wind, hydrogen, etc.) will ever be as abundant/efficient as fossil fuel.  A must read for anyone wanting insights on the potential effects of the apocalyptic 'perfect storm': peak oil, global warming, population explosion, etc.  Kunstler's 'The Geography of Nowhere' is also a good read - an analysis of how the concept of suburbia was a waste of resources (being built on the assumption that most everyone is driving a car), knowing that we won't have any oil someday to get people from suburbia to work.

World Made by Hand is a novel, in contrast to the two I mentioned above.  It's a story about life in a post-collapse small town, and what people to to get by.  It's not a 'shoot-em-up' read like The Stand, and doesn't take place in a wasteland like The Road, but provides some interesting insights into the 'good vs. evil' and social interactions that would likely be evident in a post-collapse society, to include the lack of knowledge of what's going on in the outside world.  It's a pretty good read if you're already into the genre.  Kunstler is now working on the sequel to the novel (per his podcast) that will be released later this year. 

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #77 on: February 16, 2009, 08:45:01 PM »
+1 to Dev for making that awesome list!

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #78 on: February 19, 2009, 05:46:10 PM »
Just some additions that I haven't seen on here:
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The entire "The Guardians" series. . well. . .at least until around book 10.  Then some ghost writer messed it all up.



The entire series was Ghost written. A guy named Vic Milian wrote the first 12 or so, and then a handful of authors took it out to somewhere around 20. There never really was a real Richard Austin.

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #79 on: March 06, 2009, 09:01:35 AM »
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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #80 on: March 12, 2009, 12:07:35 PM »
The entire series was Ghost written. A guy named Vic Milian wrote the first 12 or so, and then a handful of authors took it out to somewhere around 20. There never really was a real Richard Austin.

Ah, my bad. . .I thought that Richard Austin was the pen name for Vic Milian (who also recently wrote a couple of books in the Deathlands series).

I did like his writing style.  I really was unhappy with the other ghost writers' styles. 

Too bad Vic (assuming he's still alive) isn't writing more PA fiction.

<sigh> . . .ah, the good, old days.

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #81 on: March 12, 2009, 01:07:45 PM »
Surviving Global Slavery: Living Under the New World Order by Robert K. Spear

This has very detailed instructions on living off the grid; water, electric, food storage, etc.  Ex-military guy.

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« Reply #82 on: March 12, 2009, 03:08:22 PM »
Forgive me if these two books have been mentioned. Also forgive me for not knowing the titles or author of these two books. Maybe somebody will know the books.

1. This book is about a Teenager who joins a fishing boat to help earn extra money for his family. The boat strikes an iceberg and sinks. The boy was able to jump from the ship to the iceberg and survive on the iceberg for many years. I read this book as a kid and loved it.

2. These scientist live in this Biosphere and during their stay a Disease hits earth and 99.9% of the population dies. One scientist decides to leave to find his family to see if anybody is alive. Of course he lives being one of the few people immune to the disease. Okay book.

Let me know if you guys find out the name. I have been trying to find it forever.

-Evan

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« Reply #83 on: March 12, 2009, 03:15:08 PM »
Just found the name of one of the books. "The Iceberg Hermit" by James Hogg

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« Reply #84 on: March 13, 2009, 09:40:40 AM »
Paperback PAW Series:  My 3 favorite, in order.  Got me through 6 years in the AF

The Survivalist - Jerry Ahern

End World - David Robbins

The Warlord - Jason Frost

And if anyone has any of these, I'm buying!

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The Warlord - forgot about those

most of those 80's pulp books pop up on ebay pretty often, if you are looking for them

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #85 on: March 23, 2009, 07:53:42 AM »
Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I read the Postman on my days off, I liked it so much better than the movie.

I'm back to work now and don't have a lot of time to read so I checked out the audio book of The Road at the Library. I have listened to it on and off for the last 4 days. It is very good. I'll have to see if there are any other audio books in the Library that you guys suggest. Seems to make my shift pass by when we aren't that busy. 

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #86 on: March 23, 2009, 08:43:30 AM »
No doubt! I love listening to audio books at work; those and podcasts.  ;)

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Re: Classic survivalist or post apocalyptic books
« Reply #87 on: March 27, 2009, 01:13:51 AM »
My 10 year old grandson read "City of Ember" and gave it to me to read.  It is a kids book, but as a 65 year old man, I still enjoyed it.   

If you have read Lights Out, the internet book, then you probably should also read the actual predictions about that happening soon  by Richard C. Duncan. in his "Olduavai Theory.  He believes that the US electric grid will fail from lack of energy to maintain it, the industrial age will be over, and the lights really will be permanently out. 

http://www.warsocialism.com/duncan_tscq_07.pdf


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« Reply #88 on: March 27, 2009, 09:06:22 PM »
Hi guys...brand new prepper here. If you haven't read "One Second After" by William Fortschen then I highly recommend it. Not hardcore survivalism but well written and an engaging plot about a massive EMP strike ending all electricity, new cars, etc and just how quickly society breaks down. If you troll Amazon often you will see a book called "The Collapse"....skip it. Worst $30 I ever spent.
On a related note on the BBC there is a series called "Survivors 2008" and it is a kinda melodramatic post-flu apocalyptic series set in the UK. Not much gun play (for obvious reasons) but it has a way of drawing you into the characters. You won't learn anything but it will kill 6 hours. I think you can watch it online at BBCs website.
Thanks for the other recommendations fellas!
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Re: post apocalyptic books - SPOILER ALERT - ONE SECOND AFTER
« Reply #89 on: April 10, 2009, 01:04:28 PM »
I just finished reading ONE SECOND AFTER.  It's a well written engaging book I think most here would enjoy.  Not a survival manual like "Patriots" by any means but a good read.  Very similar kind of story as "Alas, Babylon" was - P.A.W in a small town.  Highly recommended.