Required Reading For the apocalypse

The official apocalypse of the Baby Boomers: A super-flu in Stephen King’s The Stand (Doubleday, 1978) transforms the world into the final battleground of good and evil.

Cormac McCarthy’s The Road (Knopf, 2006) gives us utter finality in a grim, ashen, yet strangely life-affirming world.

We don’t need nuclear war or undead plagues to destroy us in Gene Wolfe’s dark masterpiece, Book of the New Sun (Simon & Schuster, 1983). The extinction of the sun is sufficient.

Harlan Ellison’s I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream (Galaxy, 1967) warns us of the folly of building our own gods, especially when those gods are demented, omnipotent supercomputers.

A million year-old ghost narrates the obsolescence of the human race in Kurt Vonnegut’s latter-day gem Galápagos (1985, Delacourte Press).

Suggested Next Read

Man of Many Masks


Man of Many Masks

By Jaq Greenspon

Walking into The Olive, a Mediterranean-style lounge on East Sunset Road, is like stepping through Alice’s mirror, and the Wonderground on the other side is more magical than Lewis Carroll’s rabbit hole and equally overwhelming. On stage, a pair of belly dancers moves rhythmically, mimicking the twirling smoke of sweet flavored tobacco rising from dozens of hookah pipes.