This Way to the End Times: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse

This Way to the End Times: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse ✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ This Way to the End Times: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse By Robert Silverberg ✸ – Thomashillier.co.uk THIS WAY TO THE END TIMES Classic Tales of the Apocalypse, gathers compelling, gripping stories of the not too distant demise of the earth as we know it And what a collection From little known, brill THIS WAY TO THE END to the Kindle × TIMES Classic Tales of the Apocalypse, gatherscompelling, gripping stories of the not too distant demise of the earth as we know it And what a collection From little known, brilliant tales by sci fi legends Jules Vernes and Olaf Stapledon, to intense short works by sci fi masters Ursula K Le Guin, Connie Willis, Jack Vance, This Way PDF \ and Brian W Aldiss, to haunting works by contemporary authors Dale Bailey, Alvaro Zinos Amaro, Karen Haber and Megan Arkenberg, THIS WAY TO THE END TIMES paves the road to the fantastical future, alternating humor with grit, and hope with ghastly post apocalyptic visionsGuest editor Robert Silverberg winner of numerous Hugo and Nebula awards, Grand Master of Science Fiction Writers of America, Way to the Epub Ü and a Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee hand picked each story, and offers an introduction to each, as well as an introduction to the anthology as a wholeA unique collection for longtime and new fans of speculative fiction, THIS WAY TO THE END TIMES roars into the future wide eyed and full speed aheadComplete list of authors Jules Verne, James Elroy Flecker, Frank Lillie Pollock, G Peyton Wertenbaker, Philip Latham, Jack Vance, Fritz Leiber, Brian W Aldiss, Ursula K Le Guin, Robert Silverberg, James Tiptree, Jr Malcolm Edwards, Connie Willis, Karen Haber, by Dale Bailey, Megan Artenberg, Alvaro Zinos Amaro, Olaf Stapledon.


About the Author: Robert Silverberg

There are many authors in to the Kindle × the database with this nameRobert Silverberg is one of science fiction s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine s Castle, as well as At Winter s End, also available in a Bison Books edition He is a past president of the Science This Way PDF \ Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards In the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America presented him with the Grand Master Award Silverberg is one of twenty nine writers to have received that distinction.



10 thoughts on “This Way to the End Times: Classic Tales of the Apocalypse

  1. Sarah Beaudette Sarah Beaudette says:

    From Jules Verne to Ursula K Leguin, the curation of this collection was excellent and representative of each major literary era since the early 1900s What better way to track modern western society s opinion of itself and its greatest fears than to read the classic apocalypse stories I was impressed by the breadth of the collection, even as several authors three, I believe each had two stories included by breadth I mean in terms of style, method of destruction, and conclusions about huma From Jules Verne to Ursula K Leguin, the curation of this collection was excellent and representative of each major literary era since the early 1900s What better way to track modern western society s opinion of itself and its greatest fears than to read the classic apocalypse stories I was impressed by the breadth of the collection, even as several authors three, I believe each had two stories included by breadth I mean in terms of style, method of destruction, and conclusions about humanity This collection really covers it all I also appreciated the editorial introduction to each story, which detailed both the author s contribution to the Scientific Fiction genre, his or her career, and the background of the particular story Too many collections I read have zero introductions, and the curational decisions are as important to me as the stories themselves Also, women authors are well represented, and there are some fantastic feminist critiques.The Eternal Adam by Jules Verne 3.5 stars One of Verne s last works, believed to be written in 1904 Verne scholars argue whether it was actually written entirely by Verne or in part by his son Michel, who completed published several of Verne s other unfinished works A doctor 20,000 years in the future has to come to terms with a new archeological discovery that proves that humanity has completely started from scratch at least twice, reached the height of technological advancement, and then been utterly destroyed by a natural cataclysmic event Though perhaps a bit dry for modern readers, the philosophy underlying the piece is what s fascinating Verne wants us to consider the fact that we could have already achieved the same level of technology we have today, and due to a shifting of the continents and the ocean floor, all evidence of this Atlantis like civilization has disappeared The Last Generation by James Elroy Flecker 4 stars 1908 I saw rims and sparks of spectral fire floating through the pane Then I heard someone say, I am the wind One man is granted by a capricious wind the ability to travel to the future, where he sees what happens when humans decide to sterilize themselves and end the species because of all the damage they ve done The most interesting part of this story is the predictions about how we d all act if there were plenty of food and resources for us to live without working, but knowing that once we died, that s it for humanity The writing is also poetic and transporting Finis by Frank Lillie Pollock 3 stars 1906 The story has remained in print forthan a hundred years, a real Sci Fi classic A distant sun pulls comes into our orbit and burns us up Not very likely given today s knowledge of astrophysics, but interesting to read The story covers the last 24 hours of life on earth, in the scenario that we discover very late in the game, and are quickly burnt up Written engagingly, but didn t do a lot for me personally The Coming of the Ice by G Peyton Wertenbaker 3 stars 1926 One man gains immortality in the early 1900s, and lives to the end of humanity which comes during an ice age To gain immortality through a medical procedure, he had to give up emotional and personal attachment Interesting, but after reading the other fantastic stories in the collection, this one didn t leave a huge impression on me N Day by Philip Latham 5 stars Latham was a pen name for R.S Richardson, who was an astronomer at several observatories throughout his career The science is therefore convincing and fascinating one shut in astronomer discovers that the sun is giving all the telltale signs of a supernova Once he s sure of what he s seeing, the world really only has about 72 hours left Of course, no one believes him, and he therefore experiences a sense of freedom and fuck it that he s never had in his entire life Loved the writing, the premise, and the protagonist Guyal of Sfere by Jack Vance 5 stars 1950 This reads like a cross between Tolkien and Murakami One man in the future embarks on a journey to the Museum of Man to satisfy his curiosity about the meaning of life It sof a prismatic fantasy journey than a science fiction story, and I LOVED it Probably because I love Tolkien and Murakami and fantasy.A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber 3.5 stars 1951 A lone family surviving in an ice age thinks they may have discovered someone else alive, but they re not sure who or what it is Very atmospheric and well written, the story s pace lagged a bit for me but was definitely one of thememorable universes in this collection.Who Can Replace a Man by Brian Aldiss 5 stars 1958 From the point of view of several machines after all men die A blast to read, both tragic and comic One of the joists of the comedy is the fact that each different machine has a different class brain, from 1 5, meaning that after men die the machines start to set up their own rogue bands based on their brain classes The dialogue between the machines is hilarious Heresies of the Huge God by Brian Aldiss 2 stars 1966 A big bug lands on earth, squishing much of it, and of course of a new religion crops up to worship it The story details the history of the religion from the point of view of one of its adherents, and I just felt like I d read several better cult stories.The New Atlantis by Ursula K Le Guin 5 stars 1975 One of the best writers ever, Le Guin s story is completely absorbing, human, and transcendent The story takes place in a dystopia created by a huge bureaucratic nanny state The narrator s husband invents a solar cell that could potentially allow individuals to reclaim their own lives what I loved were Le Guin s predictions, which so far are unequalled in the collection for their realistic probability, and of course her writing is just, so good She s one of the few authors who can write a literary fiction science fiction story that rivals the best stories of both genres When We Went to See the End of the World by Robert Silverberg 5 stars 1972 Captures 1960s middle class ennui, swinging, excess At a dinner party, several couples discover that they ve all recently gone to see the end of the world via a new time traveling technology Each couple s experience is totally different Meanwhile, the details of their everyday lives in the midst of an imploding society earthquakes, cholera, mudslides, famine , makes the point that while they re all considering different potential apocalyptic scenarios, the world is already crumbling around them The Wind and the Rain by Robert Silverberg 3 stars 1973 A cleanup crew is back on earth to undo all the damage that we caused to render it uninhabitable Luckily, humans have managed to colonize other planets The protagonist is obsessed with the wonderful irony of his forbearers, the destructive art they made of the world The Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree Jr Alice Bradley 5 stars 1977 Perhaps my favorite story in the whole collection Comes very close to horror a strange diseases is spreading among men who live at a certain latitude, and its causing them to link the aggressive and mating instincts such that they start killing all the women Oo, shivers So good Alice Bradley, the author, is also an incredibly interesting character in her own right, and I really enjoyed the editorial introduction After Images by Malcolm Edwards 4 stars 1983 One neighborhood in suburban England is affected by a timespace anomaly that temporarily shelters them from the nuclear blast occurring in London Excellent writing and memorable story, though shorter than most of the others Daisy in the Sun by Connie Willis 5 stars 1979 Such a beautifully wrought piece of art that unfolds at the perfect pace, revealingandof the mystery surrounding our teen protagonist Daisy what exactly is happening to her, who the villain is, and how the apocalyptic element coincides with her adolescence A story for other writers to study Three Days After by Karen Haber 4 stars 2014 Another story that makes you work to figure out what s going on Short but beautiful, captures the internal chaos of a woman at the end of the world The Rain at the End of the World by Dale Bailey 4 stars 1999 Death by deluge, the dissolution of a marriage in the midst of a flood that threatens to end the world I ve got to bookmarkof Dale Bailey s novels to read It s the kind of writing that you can slip into and inhabit so easily Lovely The End of the World as We Know It by Dale Bailey 3 stars 2004 The show off omniscient narrator bugged me in this one, but it was a great exploration of how an average man might act if everyone else on the earth suddenly died and he found himself to be the last person alive, with one exception The narrator eschews all of the typical scenarios, and the conclusion is insightful.Final Exam by Megan Arkenberg 5 stars 2012 Yes, it s written in the style of a multiple choice exam, and no, it s not annoying at all It s brilliant Another story that combines personal conflict with global conflict, those always move me the most Also, the writing is gorgeous and sharp Prayers to the Sun by a Dying Person by Alvaro Zinos Amaro 3 stars This is my personal taste showing the story is evocative, well written, and imaginative, but it will probably appeal to really die hard Sci Fi fansthan it did to me It was a tad too out there for me in the style of magical realism, the kind in which you re not sure exactly what s going on and it s never revealed, but everything is very deep The basic premise is that a girl from the future comes back to the past to ask an old woman to help her save the universe Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon 5 stars 1930 I can t describe this story better than the editor can, but it was an excellent choice to close the collection A work of great poetic power And the farther he gets from our own time, thehe astonishes us with his imaginative force


  2. Ian G Ian G says:

    2.5 A collection of mostly mediocre stories, with a few bright spots, concerning the end of the world Highlights would be the classic, creepy A Pail of Air, by Fritz Leiber Connie Willis lyrical Daisy, In The Sun and James Tiptree jr s The Screwfly Solution There s a good Jack Vance story from his Dying Earth series The rest are largely forgettable.There are a number of old and archaic stories, copyrights expired, authors long dead I suppose that s why the term classic is applied 2.5 A collection of mostly mediocre stories, with a few bright spots, concerning the end of the world Highlights would be the classic, creepy A Pail of Air, by Fritz Leiber Connie Willis lyrical Daisy, In The Sun and James Tiptree jr s The Screwfly Solution There s a good Jack Vance story from his Dying Earth series The rest are largely forgettable.There are a number of old and archaic stories, copyrights expired, authors long dead I suppose that s why the term classic is applied in the title including one by Jules Verne, which pad out the content by do not really add much in terms of an overview of the genre.The editor, Robert Silverberg, includes two of his own stories and one of his wife s, accompanied by self indulgent introductions to the tales that usually don t add much I wouldn t go out of my way for this one


  3. Lori L (She Treads Softly) Lori L (She Treads Softly) says:

    This Way to the End Times Classic Tales of the Apocalypse edited by Robert Silverberg is a very highly recommended anthology of 21 wildly diverse apocalyptic stories Don t miss this collection This collection covers the gamut from early, classic writers to recent contemporary authors The end comes in incredible variety of ways, including the expected fire and ice scenarios, to willful extinction in many forms, to natural disasters, to visitors from beyond andThe stories selected are This Way to the End Times Classic Tales of the Apocalypse edited by Robert Silverberg is a very highly recommended anthology of 21 wildly diverse apocalyptic stories Don t miss this collection This collection covers the gamut from early, classic writers to recent contemporary authors The end comes in incredible variety of ways, including the expected fire and ice scenarios, to willful extinction in many forms, to natural disasters, to visitors from beyond andThe stories selected are all well written, most of them are exceptionally well written Silverberg did a wonderful job in his selection of stories to include in this anthology He opens the book with an introduction to the collection, where he points out Since apocalyptic visions are nearly universal in the religious literature of the world, and probably always have been, it s not surprising that they should figure largely in the fantasies of imaginative storytellers Then, before each story, he has an interesting and informative shorter introduction to the specific author and story.There are many stories in this collection that I loved, but, incredibly, didn t have even one that I disliked I m giving credit to the care in which they were chosen as well as the talent of all the writers included This is a great collection of superb stories Contents include INTRODUCTION by Robert SilverbergTHE ETERNAL ADAM by Jules VerneTHE LAST GENERATION by James Elroy FleckerFINIS by Frank Lillie PollockTHE COMING OF THE ICE by G Peyton WertenbakerN DAY by Philip LathamGUYAL OF SFERE by Jack VanceA PAIL OF AIR by Fritz LeiberWHO CAN REPLACE A MAN by Brian W AldissHERESIES OF THE HUGE GOD by Brian W AldissTHE NEW ATLANTIS by Ursula K Le GuinWHEN WE WENT TO SEE THE END OF THE WORLD by Robert SilverbergTHE WIND AND THE RAIN by Robert SilverbergTHE SCREWFLY SOLUTION by James Tiptree, Jr.AFTER IMAGES by Malcolm EdwardsDAISY, IN THE SUN by Connie WillisTHREE DAYS AFTER by Karen HaberTHE RAIN AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Dale BaileyTHE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT by Dale BaileyFINAL EXAM by Megan ArtenbergPRAYERS TO THE SUN by Alvaro Zinos AmaroLAST AND FIRST MEN by Olaf StapledonDisclosure My advanced reading copy was courtesy of the publisher author


  4. Jessica Bronder Jessica Bronder says:

    The question many authors have explored is how the world will end This is a collection of 21 stories from classic science fiction authors and present day authors and how they think the world would end I loved how each story came up with different endings You will read about the world ending my ice, fire, flood, aliens and so muchIt was great reading from some of my favorite authors and discovering new ones.I have to say I loved Robert Silverberg s introductions to each story They help The question many authors have explored is how the world will end This is a collection of 21 stories from classic science fiction authors and present day authors and how they think the world would end I loved how each story came up with different endings You will read about the world ending my ice, fire, flood, aliens and so muchIt was great reading from some of my favorite authors and discovering new ones.I have to say I loved Robert Silverberg s introductions to each story They helped me to figure out when the author wrote the book and who they were so I could find other stories by them I enjoyed following along as humans try to figure out their history and how one many decides to live forever but fails to grow along with the rest of humankind.If you like apocalyptic stories this is one book that you need to add to you collection You can t go wrong with a collection of so many classic authors.I received This Way to the End Time from Over the River PR free of charge This has not influenced my opinion of this book


  5. Nicola Mansfield Nicola Mansfield says:

    A collection of stories with the theme of the Apocalypse some take place during, others pre or post The stories are presented chronologically by published date with the occasional break in the rule Robert Silverberg is an excellent editor every story starts with his introduction to the author and story at hand Invaluable information for the reader The collection on a whole is very good with both famous and lesser known authors represented I enjoyed the early stories the most but did fin A collection of stories with the theme of the Apocalypse some take place during, others pre or post The stories are presented chronologically by published date with the occasional break in the rule Robert Silverberg is an excellent editor every story starts with his introduction to the author and story at hand Invaluable information for the reader The collection on a whole is very good with both famous and lesser known authors represented I enjoyed the early stories the most but did find a handful that were complete duds for me, which brought my overall rating of the collection to a solid three, though I ve rated many individual stories 4 or 5 stars.Introduction by Robert Silverberg An essay on the history of apocalyptic fiction from ancient times to the early 20th century Silverberg discusses its attraction, a few forms it can take, discussing particular literature and finally surmises that it is here to stay as long as we are.1 The Eternal Adam by Jules Verne 1910 Very intriguing A world divided into four quadrants has fought and battled for thousands of years until now they are one and at peace with each other Recent unrest has been stirring, In the meantime our narrator is a scientist involved in geology and evolution Having found that creation sprung from the waters and evolved the scientists are looking for proof of the first man ie the missing link nothing comes close But our narrator continues to dig deeper past the clay that proves this land was once covered with water when he finds a man made device, a time capsule in a foreign language.He deciphers it and we read the astonishing history of anther mankind Man have not evolved but instead regenerated time and time again once they become too mighty This makes me think is it nature s way or God s way A good story but the start was very slow and a bit difficult to read 4 5 2 The Last Generation by James Elroy Flecker 1908 This has the same theme as the first, a de evolution of man The projection of the future is totally off whack when reading today in the 21st century, but looking back at when this was written I can sense a hopelessness in the future both from this author and the one above A man is visited by the Wind of Time and rather than travelling into the past he chooses the future expecting a scientific age Instead, he travels forward stopping now and then to watch the entire species consciously choose to be the last generation What follows is debauchery, then despair, then death 4 5 3 Finis by Frank Lillie Pollock 1906 This is a cataclysmic end of the world The science is imaginary because of what we know today but that doesn t effect the terror and brutality of the end A sun, at the centre of the universe, has been predicted ,about 70 years ago, to show itself at the present time What no one took into consideration was the intense heat this central sun must have Of course, the heat brings other natural phenomena such as tidal waves, hot rain, earth tremors, etc A vision of how the earth will end As reading, I couldn t help but compare the events as similar to those described in Revelation about the biblical end of the world 5 5 4 The Coming of the Ice by G Peyton Wertenbaker 1926 Again the science in this is imaginary, but the details are never given using layman s terms which makes it easier to accept, even if it is silly Great story though A man receives an operation to give him eternal life, the only problem is that it makes him an intellectual only with no feelings, love or sex He is writing his memoirs of the past hundred thousand years or so when something man had forgotten all but destroys the human race, the next Great Ice Age 5 5 5 N Day by Philip Latham 1946 Written by an actual distinguished astronomer RS Richardson under his nom de plume Thus, the introduction tells us, the science is accurate for the day These are diary entries by the author Latham as he watches and records sunspots, flares, etc The sun is going nova and he has predicted the date The papers are being sensationalistic about it and his superiors don t believe him, thinking he is mad He will lose his job that is if the world weren t ending tomorrow Decent enough story, but actually very boring with all the scientific jargon 3 5 6 Guyal of Sfere by Jack Vance 1950 This is the first fantasy in the collection and not really what I would call apocalyptic A boy is born with a vast desire for knowledge The world he lives in decries such seeking living in a this is the way it is fashion The boy grows up, people think him mad, and finally ,when a grown youth, he asks his father one question where can he find this Curator that everybody says is the reason that things are as they should be Given a horse and a few magic items he sets forth for this legendary Curator and his Museum of Man He meets all sorts on his journey, each out to get him until finally near the Museum he acquires a female companion sent there as a sacrifice He finds the Curator and if you are used to how these fantasies work the ending is obvious I didn t really like the story, finding it formulaic, rather fairytale ish and long 2 5 7 A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber 1951 It s post apocalypse and a family of four presume they are the only survivors on Earth I wont go into all the scientific explanations but Earth got dragged away by a dark star The world is frozen, even the gases that make up the atmosphere But there is a layer of crystallized oxygen and this is where the survivors scoop up air to bring to the insulated nest they created Then one day the 10yo son sees a light moving from room to room in an office building across the way Very good The science didn t seem real but the surviving an ice age was a good yarn Good ending as well 4 5 8 Who Can Replace a Man by Brian W Aldiss 1958 Brilliant One day the machines, all with brains, receive no instruction through the radio from man Seems man has become extinct Machines with low intelligence brains are fighting but those from class 3 to class 1 brains plot that now they will take over the cities One agricultural group heads for cities but find them already in chaos a the stronger brains are midst takeover So this team heads for open country that they aresuited to We find how ruthless local brains with no emotion can be However, they get a report that a few humans are not extinct and live in this area Fantastic ending 5 5 9 Heresies of the Huge God by Brian W Aldiss 1966 I didn t enjoy this there is a tone that just gets my back up Briefly, a gigantically huge non living thing from space lands on earth It obliterates half the world and causes all sorts of turmoil akin to the biblical apocalypse A new religion is formed and over the years forced upon the people This is a report from a priest of some sort proclaiming what should now become the 4th heresy The story seems to be suggesting that religious people are first and foremost stupid and secondly will use any kind of force to make others submit 1 5 10 The New Atlantis by Ursula K Le Guin 1975 The continents are sinking into the sea because new old continents are rising up out of the sea The narrative switches between a woman and the we who are sentient under the water The woman describes the totalitarian socialist society she lives in The we talk as they becomeandconscious I really liked the woman s narrative but the other part was just weird and interrupted the flow of the oppressive dystopian society being presented 4 5 11 When We Went to See the End of the Wold by Robert Silverberg 1972 A fun take on the theme, though still ominous People are taking the new time machine to see the end of the world At a party each tells the story of their trip all the while in the background the world actually is falling apart before their very eyes, blind to it though the are Similar conditions as the present day with earthquakes, viruses, bombings, infected water 4 5 12 The Wind and the Rain by Robert Silverberg 1973 Very interesting story The scientific explanation for the Earth s ecological failure, resulting in extinction of all life, except strangely flora, is very similar to today s apocalyptic extremists of global warming The gas that ruined this earth is methane part carbon, part hydrogen , Cows are blamed as one of the most powerful effects on the destruction of earth along with human chemical use What appealed to me was the fresh tone Humans who relocated to other planets have come back and are returning life to the planet through cleansing and supporting sustainable vegetation Whatever the reasons, they believe the destruction and nature s own cleansing are a natural, normal, processes The earth is cleansing itself with rain, hurricanes, tidal waves, and other natural disasters I m left with the thought that the arresting of the apocalypse could have been halted by earthling s use of pollution control and safe disposal methods Good story 5 5 13 The Screwfly Solution by James Tiptree, Jr 1977 This is the best story I ve read so far in this collection Awesome I can t say what it is about as it unravels as it goes along and that is the fun of the story A unique premise on how the end of the world comes about I just loved the ending and am very interested in readingof this author 5 5 14 After Images by Malcolm Edwards 1983 Good A nuclear explosion has gone off At one island nation, the explosion has stopped as if it were in another time dimension stuck in a bubble, very slowly approaching the residents left behind They all behave like normal, but two men venture into the bubble for a look see 4 5 15 Daisy, in the Sun by Connie Willis 1979 The sun is going to go nova This is the story of teenage Daisy who is not afraid, who loves the sun but she is also confused The story unravels so we have no idea what is happening until the end The end is actually quite beautiful Really good 5 5 16 Three Days After by Karen Haber 2014 This is a short one but chilling A woman narrates the day before and some days after an apocalypse for which no reason is ever given Radiation, warm snow ash and flooding are our only clues to perhaps either nuclear or a nova sun It isn t clear whether the woman knows what exactly has happened She is visited twice, once before and once after, by either a robot or man in an anti contamination suit though he never converses with her Good I liked it.BTW, this author is the editor s wife 4 5 17 The Rain at the End of the World by Dale Bailey 1999 Not that exciting A familiar story of continuous rain pouring on the entire world Things have got pretty drastic, communications are down with the odd radio station coming in A couple heads for their mountain cabin and the woman s narrative shows how each of them is handling this differently Unsatisfying 2 5 18 The End of the World as We Know It by Dale Bailey 2004 Different A man wakes up and everybody is dead He s the last person on earth He starts thinking about all the usual end of the world scenarios from books and movies But he has no clue what happened and is not like those survivors of fiction He just sets up house somewhere nice and drinks 3 5 19 Final Exam by Megan Arkenberg 2012 Weird Written in the form of a multiple choice test with the correct answers following The story of a marriage break up and brief invasion by huge gelatinous humanoid monsters from the sea Makes you wonder whether it really happened or the narrator, the wife, is just crazy 2 5 20 Prayers to the Sun by a Dying Person by Alvaro Zinos Amaro 2016 first time published This just plain didn t make sense to me Time had broken and the future is falling into the present A girl time travels to find and fix the problem She meets a woman who has survived her time s end of the world Two things I didn t like the story is full of Hinduism which I didn t understand though I ve read their myths so had a vague concept of what was going on secondly all the scientific explanations were too scientific making them over my head and tedious Not entertaining at all 0 5 21 Last and First Men Epilogue by Olaf Stapledon 1930 This is a novel in which Silverberg describes the plot in his introduction The history of the billions of years future of the Earth It ends with the final, 18th, evolution of man and Silverberg reprints for us the book s Epilogue only It is fairly hard to read as it is dry history being told from the current future which has discovered they will all perish in a couple thousand years At the end, a Jesus like figure is born and he gives them hope in their conclusion Just not a good read 0 5


  6. Sharon Sharon says:

    This Way to the End Times is a collection of short stories centered on the theme of apocalypse Contributors range from modern literary superstars like Ursula K LeGuin to the one and only published story by an author Malcolm Edwards Jules Verne, Philip Latham, Dale Bailey, and Robert Silverberg, along with many others, are also represented As might be expected from such a collection, the quality of the works included ranges wildly For me, Ursula LeGuin is always a high point and her stor This Way to the End Times is a collection of short stories centered on the theme of apocalypse Contributors range from modern literary superstars like Ursula K LeGuin to the one and only published story by an author Malcolm Edwards Jules Verne, Philip Latham, Dale Bailey, and Robert Silverberg, along with many others, are also represented As might be expected from such a collection, the quality of the works included ranges wildly For me, Ursula LeGuin is always a high point and her story The New Atlantis does not disappoint Other memorable stories are A Pail of Air by Fritz Leiber, Who Can Replace a Man by Brian Aldiss, and Final Exam by Megan Arkenberg What is fascinating about this collection is the many different ways in which the various authors imagine the end of the world Ice, fire, flood, disease, a trick of the cosmos, and the simply unknown are among the causes they present Always, it is the way the world s inhabitants respond that matters These stories provide a revealing glimpse into how we react in the most extreme circumstance, thereby showing us the inner truths of so many different characters and their authors I enjoyed this book, though it does take a certain toll to read so many stories about the end of the world There was an unevenness to the collection that I think represents science fiction very well and I loved the fact that so much of the material came from the early 1900s, a period we forget was filled with change and uncertainty, and viewed by many as the end of times It is a sentiment mirrored in our own present, making this collection all therelevant


  7. Papaphilly Papaphilly says:

    This is a great a great collection Robert Silverberg has done a wonderful job of bringing what amounts to a history of Apocalyptic short stories Starting with Jules Verne, the reader receives a taste of the various historical periods and how the authors of the times see the apocalypse You will notice the writing styles have become less stilted over time and the same concerns appear over and over again of how the world will end Robert Silverberg gives the reader an author introduction and bit This is a great a great collection Robert Silverberg has done a wonderful job of bringing what amounts to a history of Apocalyptic short stories Starting with Jules Verne, the reader receives a taste of the various historical periods and how the authors of the times see the apocalypse You will notice the writing styles have become less stilted over time and the same concerns appear over and over again of how the world will end Robert Silverberg gives the reader an author introduction and bit about both the story and their lives It is a very nice touch There is not a miss among the stories selected with a few true gems My personal favorite is Who Can Replace a Man by Brian W Aldiss It is both provocative and very funny I also enjoyed the The Screwfly Solution, which you may recognize from an Outer Limits episode.My only complaint is that the collection used two stories each from three authors including Silverberg himself The stories are very good and certainly belong, but I only wish there could have been three extra writers I could be exposed too If you thinking about dipping your toe into the Apocalyptic genre or want a bit of a historical tour of the genre, this is a great place to start


  8. Theresa Theresa says:

    This Way to the End Times Classic Tales of the Apocalypse, is an anthology filled with dystopian fiction Showing all the ways that authors can come up with to tell of the apocalypse The legendary Robert Silverberg introduces each story The stories are ones that he has hand picked and he details exactly why he chose them for the collection.View my full review on Thoughts on Books after 10 26 2016.I received this book free from the publisher All opinions are my own This Way to the End Times Classic Tales of the Apocalypse, is an anthology filled with dystopian fiction Showing all the ways that authors can come up with to tell of the apocalypse The legendary Robert Silverberg introduces each story The stories are ones that he has hand picked and he details exactly why he chose them for the collection.View my full review on Thoughts on Books after 10 26 2016.I received this book free from the publisher All opinions are my own


  9. Jeff Jeff says:

    I received a review copy of this book from Three Rooms Press and Goodreads for an honest review.Who knew the world could end is so many terrific and horrifying ways A great short story anthology with stories by authors such as Jules Verne, Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis and Ursula K LeGuin A great collection for those who enjoy Post Apocalyptic tales.


  10. Jason Vanhee Jason Vanhee says:

    This is a pretty strong collection full of stories about the end of the world There s classic tales of the death of humanity, lots of problems with the Sun, a story told in multiple choice test format that was really good and plenty .


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