John Joseph Adams is a busy man. Ok, busy might be an understatement. In addition to being the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, John is the editor and publisher-in-chief of the magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare (for which Skyboat produces monthly short story podcasts), and is the co-host of’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. He is the bestselling editor of numerous anthologies and his recent books include The Apocalypse Triptych (co-edited with Hugh Howey and consisting of The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come), Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s Hand, and Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse. Yes, those are just the recent ones!

John has been nominated for numerous Hugo Awards (and Lightspeed is a nominee again this year!) and five World Fantasy Awards. It is no wonder that he has been called “the reigning king of the anthology world” by Barnes & Noble, and his books have been lauded as some of the best anthologies of all time. “Long live the King,” we chorused. Though it is a wonder how he fits so much into his schedule. Work, work, work. He only gets 24 hours in a day like the rest of us, right? Time travel?

WASTELANDS: STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE gathers 22 tales of the best post-apocalyptic literature of the last two decades from many of today’s most renowned authors of speculative fiction—including George R. R. Martin, Gene Wolfe, Orson Scott Card, Carol Emshwiller, Jonathan Lethem, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King—in an exploration of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon.

Wastelands cover

John is a connector: bringing together outstanding stories in singular volumes and sharing these works with his multitude of readers. To adequately capture and convey the voices of such a wide-ranging set of authors, Skyboat connected eleven different narrators to these fabulous stories, including Mr. Harlan Ellison who took on Richard Kadrey’s “Still Life with Apocalypse.” Our stellar team at 50 Nugget Wash edited, mixed and mastered this beauty. Below is your full Table of Contents with the narrators specified; which we understand is something you appreciate in these days of Amazon listing only “full cast” as the narrator!

Listen to an audiobook sample on Skyboat’s SoundCloud! Get the entire anthology on today! And if you like what you hear, check out WASTELANDS 2: MORE STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE and, for you military fantasy fans, OPERATION ARCANA.


Introduction by John Joseph Adams

The End of the Whole Mess by Stephen King read by Stefan Rudnicki

The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi read by Alex Hyde-White

Bread and Bombs by M. Rickert read by Hillary Huber

How We Got In Town and Out Again by Jonathan Lethem read by Stefan Rudnicki

Dark, Dark Were the Tunnels by George R. R. Martin read by Arthur Morey

Waiting for the Zephyr by Tobias S. Buckell read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Salvage by Orson Scott Card read by Stefan Rudnicki

Never Despair by Jack McDevitt read by Emily Rankin

When Sysadmins Ruled the Earth by Cory Doctorow read by Paul Boehmer

The Last of the O-Forms by James Van Pelt read by Stefan Rudnicki

Still Life with Apocalypse by Richard Kadrey read by Harlan Ellison

Artie’s Angels by Catherine Wells read by Emily Rankin

Judgment Passed by Jerry Oltion read by Paul Boehmer

Mute by Gene Wolfe read by Susan Hanfield

Intertia by Nancy Kress read by Hillary Huber

And the Deep Blue Sea by Elizabeth Bear read by Judy Young

Speech Sounds by Octavia E. Butler read by Lisa Renee Pitts

Killers by Carol Emshwiller read by Susan Hanfield

Ginny Sweethips’ Flying Circus by Neal Barrett, Jr. read by Stefan Rudnicki

The End of the World as We Know It by Dale Bailey read by Arthur Morey

A Song Before Sunset by David Grigg read by Stefan Rudnicki

Episode Seven: Last Stand Against the Pack in the Kingdom of the Purple Flowers by John Langan read by Lisa Renee Pitts

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