The End is Nigh (The Apocalypse Triptych, Volume 1)

Famine. dying. struggle. Pestilence. those are the harbingers of the biblical apocalypse, of the tip of the realm. In technological know-how fiction, the tip is caused by means of much less figurative capability: nuclear holocaust, organic warfare/pandemic, ecological catastrophe, or cosmological cataclysm.

But prior to any disaster, there are those that see it coming. in the course of, there are heroes who struggle opposed to it. And after, there are the survivors who persevere and check out to rebuild. THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH will inform their tales.

Edited via acclaimed anthologist John Joseph Adams and bestselling writer Hugh Howey, THE APOCALYPSE TRIPTYCH is a sequence of 3 anthologies of apocalyptic fiction. the tip IS NIGH specializes in existence ahead of the apocalypse. the tip IS NOW turns its recognition to existence in the course of the apocalypse. And the top HAS COME specializes in lifestyles after the apocalypse.

Volume one of many Apocalypse Triptych, the tip IS NIGH, gains all-new, never-before-published works through Hugh Howey, Paolo Bacigalupi, Jamie Ford, Seanan McGuire, Tananarive Due, Jonathan Maberry, Scott Sigler, Robin Wasserman, Nancy Kress, Charlie Jane Anders, Ken Liu, and so on.
Post-apocalyptic fiction is set worlds that experience already burned. Apocalyptic fiction is ready worlds which are burning. the top IS NIGH is ready the match.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS: creation through John Joseph Adams | "The Balm and the Wound" by means of Robin Wasserman | "Heaven is a spot on Planet X" via Desirina Boskovich | "Break! holiday! Break!" through Charlie Jane Anders | "The Gods aren't Chained" by means of Ken Liu | "Wedding Day" by way of Jake Kerr | "Removal Order" by way of Tananarive Due | "System Reset" by way of Tobias S. Buckell | "This Unkempt global is Falling to Pieces" by means of Jamie Ford | "BRING HER TO ME" by means of Ben H. Winters | "In the Air" through Hugh Howey | "Goodnight Moon" by way of Annie Bellet | "Dancing with dying within the Land of Nod" by means of Will McIntosh | "Houses with out Air" through Megan Arkenberg | "The 5th Day of Deer Camp" via Scott Sigler | "Enjoy the Moment" via Jack McDevitt | "Pretty quickly the 4 Horsemen are Going to come back using Through" through Nancy Kress | "Spores" by means of Seanan McGuire | "She's received a price ticket to Ride" by way of Jonathan Maberry | "Agent Unknown" through David Wellington | "Enlightenment" by way of Matthew Mather | "Shooting the Apocalypse" via Paolo Bacigalupi | "Love Perverts" via Sarah Langan.

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