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Earth Abides by George R. Stewart


"BEST book I've EVER read, hands down!"

Nearly 3/4 of 445 Amazon readers rated it 4 or 5 stars (of 5).

The quote above is from the second amazon reviewer who writes: "George R. Stewart weaves at once a beautiful and hauntingly believable tale with this novel, one that I've never been able to forget...or wanted to.

Written in 1949, it is a bit dated in some ways (the use of chemicals, lack of panic, & some equipment) but overall, it held up very well over the years. I don't agree with some of the specifics, but the story is not so much about specific technology, but about humanity

1949 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel by American writer George R. Stewart. It tells the story of the fall of civilization from deadly disease and its rebirth. Beginning in the United States in the 1940s, it deals with Isherwood "Ish" Williams, Emma, and the community they founded. The survivors live off the remains of the old world, while learning to adapt to the new. Along the way they are forced to make tough decisions and choose what kind of civilization they will rebuild. Earth Abides won the inaugural International Fantasy Award in 1951. It was included in Locus Magazine's list of best All Time Science Fiction in 1987 and 1998

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great book! Very thought provoking and made for a lively and interesting discussion with the group.

    March 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Vibrant and spirited discussion. Nice mix of perspectives.

    March 1, 2013

  • Ingrid G.

    Amazing book. Great discussion. I love it when intelligent people can get together and pick apart a great book.

    February 28, 2013

  • Krissy

    Just a note... I may be late.

    February 28, 2013

  • Matthew N.

    late problem, can't make it. Awesome book

    February 28, 2013

  • julie

    My hold request for this book didn't come in time. :( Can I still come even if I won't have much to say in the discussion?

    February 28, 2013

    • Ingrid G.

      I think you'll have plenty to say! Everyone has an opinion about post-apocalypse Earth. And the ending is pretty much what you'd expect once you start reading it, so I don't think our discussion will spoil it. This book is well written and the story itself is so worth reading.

      February 28, 2013

  • Scott

    Note: Location has been moved a few blocks to Crazy Mocha and we have the back room reserved. Thanks to Sean for the suggestion.

    February 19, 2013

  • Sean

    I've reached critical mass for the books I can down this month. Great job, Scott! Thanks!!!

    February 3, 2013

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