After the End
- Charles Waugh (editor), Isaac Asimov (editor), Martin Harry Greenberg (editor), Paul Vaccarello (illustrator), Arthur C. Clarke, John Wyndham, Josef Berger and Ray Bradbury
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This short anthology contains four short stories, all dealing with the aftermath of nuclear war (although not all the stories explicitly state this).
The Wheel is set on a farm, and is about taboos.
There Will Come Soft Rains is set in an empty city, and is about a lonely house.
Maybe We Got Something is set on a trawler off the coast of eastern USA, and is about an interesting haul.
"If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..." is set on the moon, and is about a young boy's epiphany.
I found all of these short stories delightful, but two stood out for me: There Will Come Soft Rains and "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth...". The first one paints a very good picture of high technology in the absence of people, and is pretty melancholy. Ray Bradbury does an excellent job of making you feel the emptiness of the aftermath of nuclear war. The second one is also melancholy, in its own way, but more hopeful, and the description of an Earth-rise really hit me with its beauty.
I can definitely recommend this book!
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- Introduction by Isaac Asimov
- The Wheel by John Wyndham
- There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury
- Maybe We Got Something by Josef Berger
- "If I Forget Thee, Oh Earth..." by Arthur C. Clarke