What we're about

Do you ever fantasise about the end of the world? Well you are not alone!

Starting out as a group of friends who realised they were interested in post-apocalyptic books created this group as half joke not fully understanding the obsession that was to come.

We meet once a month to chat about a pre-set post-apocalyptic book, as well as organising author events, movie nights and socials etc. We are virtual for 2021 and will hopefully be back in person in 2022.

You can also find us in the #post-apocalyptic-book-club channel in the Book Club Collective Slack: https://bookclubcollective.slack.com

We are an equal opportunity group and don't discriminate against those who are into a bit of literature! So, if you fancy reading some books about the decline of society or the subsequent rebuilding of it while having a drink and a laugh then we would love to meet you.

To catch a glimpse of what our group is like, check out this short video made by the lovely students of Kingston University:

The Post Apocalyptic Book Club (http://vimeo.com/92924058) from Noni Braithwaite (http://vimeo.com/user18300853) on Vimeo (https://vimeo.com).

Upcoming events (4+)

Moon Of The Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

Online event

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.

The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn.

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Content / Trigger Warnings:
- Alcohol
- Alcoholism
- Animal death
- Blood
- Cannibalism
- Death
- Gun violence
- Racism
- Starvation
- Suicide
- Violence

Palestine +100: Commonplace by Rawan Yaghi

Online event

SHORT STORY

This week we will be discussing Commonplace by Rawan Yaghi.

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Due to the success of the short story discussion groups, we will continue these events as online meetings only and take a look at Palestine +100 edited by Basma Ghalayini.

Palestine + 100 poses a question to twelve Palestinian writers: what might your country look like in the year 2048 – a century after the tragedies and trauma of what has come to be called the Nakba? How might this event – which, in 1948, saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinian Arabs from their homes – reach across a century of occupation, oppression, and political isolation, to shape the country and its people? Will a lasting peace finally have been reached, or will future technology only amplify the suffering and mistreatment of Palestinians?

Covering a range of approaches – from SF noir, to nightmarish dystopia, to high-tech farce – these stories use the blank canvas of the future to re-imagine the Palestinian experience today. Along the way, we encounter drone swarms, digital uprisings, time-bending VR, peace treaties that span parallel universes, and even a Palestinian superhero, in probably the first anthology of science fiction from Palestine ever.

Translated from the Arabic by Raph Cormack, Mohamed Ghalaieny, Andrew Leber, Thoraya El-Rayyes, Yasmine Seale and Jonathan Wright.

You can purchase the anthology here: https://commapress.co.uk/books/palestine-100

Vintage PABC - Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

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Set in the days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time—from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains—this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

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Content / Trigger Warnings:

- Ableist language
- Adultery
- Cults
- Death
- Divorce
- Domestic abuse (emotional, physical)
- Gun violence (mentioned)
- Pandemic
- Panic attacks
- Pedophilia
- Rape
- Religious radicalism
- Suicide

Palestine +100: Final Warning by Talal Abu Shawish, transl by Mohamed Ghalaieny

SHORT STORY

This week we will be discussing Final Warning by Talal Abu Shawish, translated by Mohamed Ghalaieny.

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Due to the success of the short story discussion groups, we will continue these events as online meetings only and take a look at Palestine +100 edited by Basma Ghalayini.

Palestine + 100 poses a question to twelve Palestinian writers: what might your country look like in the year 2048 – a century after the tragedies and trauma of what has come to be called the Nakba? How might this event – which, in 1948, saw the expulsion of over 700,000 Palestinian Arabs from their homes – reach across a century of occupation, oppression, and political isolation, to shape the country and its people? Will a lasting peace finally have been reached, or will future technology only amplify the suffering and mistreatment of Palestinians?

Covering a range of approaches – from SF noir, to nightmarish dystopia, to high-tech farce – these stories use the blank canvas of the future to re-imagine the Palestinian experience today. Along the way, we encounter drone swarms, digital uprisings, time-bending VR, peace treaties that span parallel universes, and even a Palestinian superhero, in probably the first anthology of science fiction from Palestine ever.

Translated from the Arabic by Raph Cormack, Mohamed Ghalaieny, Andrew Leber, Thoraya El-Rayyes, Yasmine Seale and Jonathan Wright.

You can purchase the anthology here: https://commapress.co.uk/books/palestine-100

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