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DAWN OF THE APOCALYPSE - Visions of the Grim Future: A Collection of Apocalyptic Tales from Literary Icons - cover

DAWN OF THE APOCALYPSE - Visions of the Grim Future: A Collection of Apocalyptic Tales from Literary Icons

Edgar Allan Poe, Jonathan Swift, Anthony Trollope, Ignatius Donnelly, Edward Bellamy, William Dean Howells, William Hope Hodgson, Richard Jefferies, Mary Shelley, Ayn Rand, E.M. Forster, Edwin A. Abbott, George Griffiths, H. G. Wells, Ernest Bramah, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Fred M. White, Philip Francis Nowlan, Fritz Leiber, Cleveland Moffett, Irving E. Cox, Arthur Dudley Vinton, Jack London, Owen Gregory, Hugh Benson, Milo Hastings, Richard Stockham, Gertrude Barrows Bennett, Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain, Samuel Butler

Publisher: Good Press

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DAWN OF THE APOCALYPSE gathers the pinnacle of speculative fiction to explore end times across diverse landscapes, from the desolate to the dystopian. It stitches a rich tapestry of literary approaches, ranging from the classic gothic horror of Edgar Allan Poe to the socio-political dystopias envisioned by Ayn Rand and H.G. Wells, and the unique utopian perspective of Edward Bellamy. The anthology thrives on its variety, not just in the cataclysmic events it portrays but also in the myriad ways these events are perceived and interpreted by its characters. Key pieces within this collection stand as milestones in the science fiction genre, framing apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic narratives as lenses through which we critique and comprehend contemporary societal fears. The authors, both pioneers, and craftsmen of their time, come from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, each contributing to the anthology's overarching theme with their unique flavor of apocalypse. These writers are not just storytellers but visionaries who collectively paint a multifaceted picture of humanity at the brink. They belonged to and were influenced by a range of historical, cultural, and literary movements, from the romanticism and transcendentalism of the 19th century to the early 20th century's modernism and the budding science fiction genre. Their combined works offer a historical capsule of societal anxieties and hopes, reflecting on themes of human resilience, the abuse of technology, and the moral dilemmas of progress. DAWN OF THE APOCALYPSE is an essential collection for readers eager to dive into the depths of human imagination faced with its own end. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to traverse the vast landscapes of apocalyptic fiction through the eyes of some of the most influential authors in literary history. This anthology not only serves as an academic goldmine for those studying the evolution of speculative fiction and its impact on society but also provides a timeless reflection on humanity's perennial concerns with its own survival and legacy. Readers are invited to witness the end of worlds not just as an exercise in literary exploration but as a mirror to our collective psyche across generations.
Available since: 11/19/2023.
Print length: 6620 pages.

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