“Wastelands 2 is riveting, and perfect for “on-the-go” fans of thought-provoking, masterfully crafted post-apocalyptic tales.” – Comics Online
“As a whole this collection is excellent and I would recommend it to any fan of the genre or short fiction in general. It is refreshing to see an undead-free take on the genre in a market that has been saturated with zombie-related fiction.” – Nerdology 101
PRAISE FOR WASTELANDS
“Everything that is best about the trope, from bleak, empty worlds to beacons of hope.” Booklist
“The best anthology of any kind I have read to date.” Grasping for the Wind
“A great collection that gets my highest recommendation.” Bookgasm
“Fantastic collections of end-of-the-world short fiction that fans of the genre will surely enjoy” - VG Blogger
This harrowing reprint anthology of 22 apocalyptic tales reflects the stresses of contemporary international politics […] All depict unsettling societal, physical and psychological adaptations their authors postulate as necessary for survival after the end of the world. […] the volume’s common denominator is hubris: that tragic human proclivity for placing oneself at the center of the universe, and each story uniquely traces the results. Some highlight human hope, even optimism [others] treat identity by exploring mutation. [Several] gauge the height of human striving, while others […] plumb the depths of human prejudice, jealousy and fear [and some] will break your heart.
—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
My favorite anthology of all time—packed with masterworks.
—Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble
Hopeful rather than despairing […] relevant to the uncertain times in which we live [the stories] display a full understanding of the worries and real problems that might eventually threaten civilization as we know it.
—Jeff VanderMeer, Realms of Fantasy
A first-rate anthology that quite convincingly represents the more recent SFnal view of the apocalypse.
I can’t help but give this collection the highest recommendation. I think this will be a cornerstone for most reader’s shelves.
Editor Adams provides a bit of everything that is best about the trope, from bleak, empty worlds to beacons of hope in an otherwise awful situation. […] A well-chosen selection of well-crafted stories, offering something to please nearly every post-apocalyptic palate.
A classic […] perfect for those moments when we want to take a trip to the end of the world.
Few books have had the impact on me that Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse did. […] A great collection that gets my highest recommendation.
Wastelands is an exceptional anthology. In scope and vision it can only be compared to Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions. […] I highly recommend this anthology for anyone who enjoys reading anything. […] Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is the best anthology of any kind I have read to date.
—Grasping for the Wind
Wastelands is a fine anthology: an educational introduction to the subgenre and a well-chosen jog of the memory for the more experienced connoisseur of calamity.
A wide-variety of post-apocalyptic scenarios from some of the field’s most prolific authors […] a must-have volume for fans of the this subgenre of science fiction.
—Stainless Steel Droppings
A great selection of end-of-the-world stories.