How to Enjoy the Apocalypse: A Post-Rapture Reading List

We published this list last year under the heading Ten Excellent Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic Novels That Aren’t Brave New World or 1984, but what with the Rapture going down and all, why not post it again, this time with links to pieces we’ve written on these novels—

1. Riddley Walker, Russell Hoban

2. Camp Concentration, Thomas Disch

3. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

4. Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, Margaret Atwood

5. The Hospital Ship, Martin Bax

6. Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs

7. VALIS, Philip K. Dick

8. Ronin, Frank Miller

9. Ape and Essence, Aldous Huxley

10. The Road and Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy

3 thoughts on “How to Enjoy the Apocalypse: A Post-Rapture Reading List”

  1. I wouldn’t have chosen Camp Concentration – either The Genocides for a strict interpretation of Post-apocalyptic, or else On Wings Of Song or 334.
    Anyway, an excellent list – other titles I’d recommend are Walter Tevis’s Mockingbird and, above all, John Crowley’s Engine Summer – which is, in some sense, a post-rapture novel.

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