The End of the world

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Eric S. Rabkin, Martin Harry Greenberg, Joseph D. Olander
Southern Illinois University Press, Jul 1, 1983 - Fiction - 204 pages
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The essays selected by the editors to ex­plore these apocalyptic visions are: “The Re­making of Zero: Beginning at the End,” by Gary K. Wolfe; “The Lone Survivor,” by Robert Plank; “Ambiguous Apocalypse: Transcendental Versions of the End,” by Robert Galbreath; “World’s End: The Imag­ination of Catastrophe,” by W. Warren Wagar; “Man-Made Catastrophes,” by Brian Stableford; and “The Rebellion of Nature,” by W. Warren Wagar.


Wolfe sees in these postholocaust narra­tives a central attraction—“the mythic power inherent in the very conception of a remade world.” This power derives from three sources: the emergence of a new order from the ashes of the old system, and thus a kind of denial of death; the reinforcement of one set of values as opposed to another; and as something always replaces whatever was destroyed, a promise that nothing can anni­hilate humanity.

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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

There aren't any bad stories here, but there is a certain looseness in adhering to the criteria of the title. We have stories where man has vanished all together, stories where man has evolved ... Read full review

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User Review  - Spiceca - LibraryThing

This is a good sampling of short stories based on the apocalypse. While there were a couple of stories that fell discombobulated and difficult to read- I do think the collection as a whole deserves recognition and addition to any library that enjoys post-apocalyptic and dystopian stories. Read full review


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Eric S. Rabkin is Professor of English and Associate Dean for Long Range Planning at the University of Michigan.


Martin H. Greenberg is with the College of Community Services at the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay.


Joseph D. Olander is Vice-Presi­dent for Academic Affairs, University of Texas, El Paso.

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