Here’s A List of Two Dozen of My Favorite
“End of Civilization / Mankind” Novels
By Mr. Cary C. Jeffries
below are listed in order of my preference. Where ever you see a price, it
will be the publisher’s current (as of 2007) suggested retail price for the “Mass
Market” (4″ by 7″ paperback) edition of that book. OOP = Out of
1.) Out of The Ashes By William W. Johnstone –
2.) Fire In The Ashes By William W.
Johnstone – $7.99
3.) Emergence By David R. Palmer – OOP
4.) The Postman By David Brin – $7.99
5.) Lucifer’s Hammer By Jerry Pournelle &
Larry Niven – $7.99
6.) Alas Babylon By Pat Frank – OOP
7.) On The Beach By Nevil Shute – $6.99
8.) Earth Abides By George R. Stewart – OOP
9.) The Stand: The Expanded Edition By Stephen
King – $8.99
10.) Atlas Shrugged By Ayn Rand – $8.99
11.) The HAB Theory Allan W. Eckert
12.) Tunnel In The Sky By Robert A. Heinlein –
13.) A Canticle For Leibowitz By Walter M. Miller Jr.
14.) The Man In The High Castle By Phillip K. Dick – OOP
15.) The Puppet Masters By Robert A. Heinlein –
16.) Fail Safe By Eugene Burdick & Harvey
Wheeler – OOP
17.) The Long Tomorrow By Leigh Bracket – OOP
18.) Red Storm Rising By Tom Clancy – $7.99
19.) War Day By Whitley Streiber & James
Kunetka – OOP
20.) The White Plague By Frank Herbert – OOP
21.) I Am Legend By Richard Mattheson – OOP
22.) War of The Worlds By H. G. Wells – $6.99
23.) Farnam’s Freehold By Robert A. Heinlein – OOP
24.) Earthwreck By Thomas Scortia – OOP
first two novels in the above list are also the first two volumes in the
thirty-four volume post-holocaust series written by the late great William W.
Johnstone. Known simply as “The Ashes” series, they represent one of
the most controversial pile of paperbacks that you’re ever likely to see. Mr.
Johnstone makes Rush Limbaugh look like a piker when it comes to his distain for
liberals in general, and the liberal mindset in particular. And since
“most” of this
country’s news and entertainment media have been just left of Marx for longer
than the last half of my fifty-two years, you can just bet what they thought
and still think about Mr. Johnstone!
Note: Since I compiled this
list a couple of years ago, several of these titles have come back into print.
You’ll just have to do a book search to find out what’s currently available. But I
have yet to fail finding a good used reasonably price copy of any book by using
book title search.
Three major motion pictures
were made from the twentieth
title from the above list. The first was “The
Last Man On Earth (1964)” staring Vincent Price. The second was “The Omega
Man (1971)”, staring Charlton Heston. And the most recent version, “I Am
Legend (2007)” staring Will Smith. It is my humble opinion that if taken in the
context of the decades in which each was released, that all three were very good
films, and should be in anybody’s video library.