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FIRST PLACE Best "Apocalyptic SF" Novel

William Hope Hodgson "The Night Land''

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SECOND PLACE - Best "Apocalyptic SF" Novel

Philip Jose Farmer "Dark Is the Sun"
Sterling E. Lanier "Hiero's Journey"
Stanley Kubrick "Dr. Strangelove" (screenplay)
(based on "Red Alert" by Peter George)

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THIRD PLACE Best "Apocalyptic SF" Novel

Ray Bradbury "Fahrenheit 451"
Philip K. Dick "The Penultimate Truth"
Stephen King "The Stand"
Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle "Lucifer's Hammer"
John Wyndham "The Day Of Triffids"

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FOURTH PLACE Best "Apocalyptic SF" Novel

Brian Aldiss "Earthworks"
Poul Anderson "Vault Of The Ages"
J. G. Ballard "The Crystal World"; "The Drowned World"
"The Wind from Nowhere"
Anthony Burgess ``The Clockwork Orange''
Graeme DeTimms "Three Quarters"
Jack Finney "The Body Snatchers"
Fritz Leiber "The Wanderer"
Benjamin E. Miller "Zero Hour"
Richard Matheson "I Am Legend"
Andre Norton "Daybreak - 2250 A.D" ("Star Man's Son")
Kit Pedler & Jerry Davis "Mutant 59: The Plastic Eaters"
Fletcher Pratt "The Onslaught From Rigel"
Bruce Sterling "Heavy Weather"
Stanley Weinbaum "The Black Flame"

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Blogger Julio said...

Hey there!

I'm a screenwriter who recently (a few weeks) acquired the option rights to adapt Hiero's Journey as a screenplay. While Sterling has no plans for a third book, I'm hopeful that if I can sell the script that will increase interest in the stories and I can co-write the third book with Sterling.

See my progress on my blog at Wordpress:

http://chalupacabra.wordpress.com/

10:58 AM  
Blogger Avi Abrams said...

Hi Julio!

I totally agree with "Hiero Journey" being the prime material for a wide-screen blockbuster. It has very visual writing, likeable characters, and that "post-apocalyptic" feel that the world might appreciate in these jittery times.

Best of luck to you! I'm blogrolling your site.

cheers
Avi

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would have included A Canticle for Leibowitz myself. Love the site!

7:54 AM  
Blogger PostApocalyptia said...

Many thanks for this list. There are several authors/novels unfamiliar to me that I will look up. However, for me, there are some classic books and some excellent newer works I have read which more than deserve a place on such a list and that I would recommend to readers of this genre: 'The Earth Abides' by George Stewart; The Death of Grass' by John Christopher; 'This is the Way the World Ends' by James Morrow; 'Parable of the Sower' & 'Parable of the Talents' by Octavia Butler; 'Swan Song' by Robert McCammon. And to add a very recent and very good addition to the genre: 'The End of the World Running Club' by Adrian J. Walker.

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