All sorts of ideas can go along with that - instead of the memory of a past holocaust, you can have the inverse - prophecy of a vague holocaust in the future that nonetheless is reflected in the life of the present.
I won't bore you with any more of this, but I do need your help. As part of my research for this book, I'm reading a slew of post-apocalyptic sci-fi, and I'm looking for more.
What are your favorite post-apocalypse sci-fi novels?
Here's what's on my list to read. I'm looking for new suggestions, or votes of confidence (or dislike) for the books on my list. As I work my way through these, I plan on having a little sci-fi corner here on the blog.
J.G. Ballard - The Crystal World, The Drowned World
Richard Matheson - I Am Legend
George R. Stewart - Earth Abides
Walter Miller - A Canticle for Leibowitz
John Wyndham - The Day of the Triffids
Denis Johnson - Fiskadoro
Tatyana Tolstoya - The Slynx
H.P. Lovecraft - Till All The Seas
Mary Shelley - The Last Man
Pat Frank - Alas, Babylon
William Hudgson - The Night Land
Aldous Huxley - Ape and Essence
Margaret Atwood - Oryx and Crake
Richard Jeffires - After London
Andre Norton - daybreak 2250 AD
Peter Dickinson - The Devil's Children
Larry Niven&Jerry Pournelle - Lucifer's Hammer
David Brin - The Postman
William Brinkley - The Last Ship
This one is a medieval Arabic piece that appears to fit the genre nicely:
Ibn al-Nafis - Theologus Autodidactus
These are ones that I've read (which I can recall):
Cormac McCarthy - The Road
Stephen King - The Stand
John Wyndham - The Chrysalids
H.G. Wells - The Time Machine
Russel Hoban - Riddley walker
Nevil Shute - On The Beach
I'm currently reading Marcel Theroux's Far North.
You've got my list of great post-apocalyptic sci-fi, now give me yours.
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