The Future Wastelands

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Well here they are! My top 5 favorite post-apocalyptic reads of 2013 and 2014. For those of you that enjoy a good apocalyptic thriller these are all unique and compelling in their own right; ranging from viruses and aliens to diving in the sand and massive power failure.

1. The Darwin Elevator by Jason Hough (The Dire Earth Cycle Series)

My favorite read of 2013-2014 is about an alien invasion, surprise, surprise. I’m a sucker for end of the world stories involving our friends from outer space. The Darwin Elevator is a fascinating addition to the genre. The premise is an alien species has dropped a space elevator on Darwin, Australia. Anyone outside the aurora the elevator creates becomes infected with a disease that turns them into zombie-ish creatures. A crew of immune led by the protagonist Skylar must learn the secrets of the elevator and prepare for the second phase of the invasion. This is book one of a three part series.

http://www.amazon.com/Darwin-Elevator-Dire-Earth-Cycle-ebook/dp/B00BABT9VY/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410989605&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=the+darwin+elevator

2. The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey

Normally I’m not a big fan of YA or books told in first person, but ironically, this is exactly why I loved The Fifth Wave. Mr. Yancey did a great job creating compelling characters that I grew very attached to. The premise of the novel is an advanced alien race destroys the human race, wave by wave. In the end, human survivors don’t know friend from foe. It’s chilling and fun. The sequel just came out yesterday.

http://www.amazon.com/5th-Wave-Book-1-ebook/dp/B009VMC7UO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410989417&sr=8-1&keywords=the+fifth+wave

3. Frontier Justice by Arthur T. Bradley (The Survivalist Series)

In the Survivalist series we are introduced to US Marshall Mason Raines. After a deadly virus sweeps the nation he has to learn to adapt to this new world using the only justice he knows—force. Mr. Bradley is known for his expertise in the prepping field and he sprinkles useful bits of information throughout the book. The series consists of four thrilling adventures. Don’t miss this one.

4. Cyberstorm by Matthew Mather

I read this one in early 2013 when it first came out. In Cyberstorm the United States suffers a massive power outage. At first we don’t know who’s behind the attack, which makes this story even more compelling. It’s well told and unique compared to some of the other post-apocalyptic books about EMP’s and Solar Storms shutting down the gird. It’s also being produced into a movie by 20th century Fox. 

http://www.amazon.com/CyberStorm-Matthew-Mather-ebook/dp/B00BT4QRHG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410990040&sr=8-1&keywords=cyberstorm

5. Sand by Hugh Howey

How could I not have a Hugh Howey book on my list? Sand is probably my favorite of everything he’s written to date. I was captivated by the idea of sand diving and exploring a world buried. Great characters and prose that we have come to expect from Mr. Howey line these pages.

http://www.amazon.com/Sand-Omnibus-Hugh-Howey-ebook/dp/B00HSXGYCK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410990131&sr=8-1&keywords=sand+by+hugh+howey

thefuturewastelands:

I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been so busy writing but had to share this image with you guys. 

If you have ever seen the show, ‘life after people’ then this picture might seem familiar.

And if your brain works like mine then you are probably constantly wondering if this is what our cities will look like in a century. 

I’ve posted this question before… But love to see your responses. What do you think our world will look like in the future? Reblog with your answer!

This picture was created by the very talented Andree Wallin. You can see his work here.  http://andreewallin.com.

thefuturewastelands:

I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been so busy writing but had to share this image with you guys.

If you have ever seen the show, ‘life after people’ then this picture might seem familiar.

And if your brain works like mine then you are probably constantly wondering if this is what our cities will look like in a century.

I’ve posted this question before… But love to see your responses. What do you think our world will look like in the future? Reblog with your answer!

This picture was created by the very talented Andree Wallin. You can see his work here. http://andreewallin.com.

If you look close enough you might see a familiar name on this list. And I don’t mean Gillian Anderson (Scully). So excited! 

For those of you that follow me here for the end of the world and post apocalyptic art ‘n explosions I don’t blame you! But in real life I’m also an author. I write under Nicholas Sansbury Smith. And this isn’t my primary blog so I can’t follow back from here. If anyone is interested in reading my work feel free to PM me and I will get you a free ecopy!

Thanks for following guys!

If you look close enough you might see a familiar name on this list. And I don’t mean Gillian Anderson (Scully). So excited!

For those of you that follow me here for the end of the world and post apocalyptic art ‘n explosions I don’t blame you! But in real life I’m also an author. I write under Nicholas Sansbury Smith. And this isn’t my primary blog so I can’t follow back from here. If anyone is interested in reading my work feel free to PM me and I will get you a free ecopy!

Thanks for following guys!

I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been so busy writing but had to share this image with you guys. 

If you have ever seen the show, ‘life after people’ then this picture might seem familiar.

And if your brain works like mine then you are probably constantly wondering if this is what our cities will look like in a century. 

I’ve posted this question before… But love to see your responses. What do you think our world will look like in the future? Reblog with your answer!

I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been so busy writing but had to share this image with you guys.

If you have ever seen the show, ‘life after people’ then this picture might seem familiar.

And if your brain works like mine then you are probably constantly wondering if this is what our cities will look like in a century.

I’ve posted this question before… But love to see your responses. What do you think our world will look like in the future? Reblog with your answer!

You probably follow me because of my ramblings about the apocalypse, but today I’m sharing a personal picture of my twin brother and his new baby boy, Noah (left). I’m on the right.

So precious, fragile and perfect.

This artistic rendition of a futuristic society built in an apocalyptic wasteland is stunning. And the juxtaposition is interesting for a variety of reasons.

Imagine for a moment, a world where we have rebuilt AND advanced as a society after an apocalyptic event. This concept isn’t as common as the mad max version which alludes to a post-apocalyptic future where humans struggle to survive.

But why not imagine a future where we burned and then recovered. 

Maybe it would look like Rome?

This artistic rendition of a futuristic society built in an apocalyptic wasteland is stunning. And the juxtaposition is interesting for a variety of reasons.

Imagine for a moment, a world where we have rebuilt AND advanced as a society after an apocalyptic event. This concept isn’t as common as the mad max version which alludes to a post-apocalyptic future where humans struggle to survive.

But why not imagine a future where we burned and then recovered.

Maybe it would look like Rome?

In the end…

If you somehow managed to survive a post-apocalyptic event and were there to witness this scene… How would you feel? Would you fight? Give up? 

Reblog with your answer!

In the end…

If you somehow managed to survive a post-apocalyptic event and were there to witness this scene… How would you feel? Would you fight? Give up?

Reblog with your answer!

"A picture is worth a thousand words." When I first started writing I would select a random image and craft a story about that character. What secrets do these two images hold? Share in comments!

This picture could be set in the future or in the status quo. Miniature apocalypses are happening around the world everyday. Ukraine, China, Gaza Strip and Israel. We just rarely hear about such events or chose to ignore them.

This picture could be set in the future or in the status quo. Miniature apocalypses are happening around the world everyday. Ukraine, China, Gaza Strip and Israel. We just rarely hear about such events or chose to ignore them.

Will the marvelous cities of the 21st century look like this someday?

Will the marvelous cities of the 21st century look like this someday?