Hip, hip, hooray! We’re going back to the WASTELANDS! A little odd how excited we are about Famine, Death, War, and Pestilence and the whole “end of the world” thing, right? Well, when you have a collection like this – ahem, a second collection like this – it’s hard not to be giddy.

As you may recall from our previous blog post, we love Mr. John Joseph Adams. He is the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, the editor and publisher-in-chief of the 2014 Hugo Award-winning Lightspeed magazine and its sister magazine Nightmare (for which Skyboat produces monthly short story podcasts), and the co-host of Wired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. He is also the bestselling editor of numerous anthologies,  including The Apocalypse Triptych (co-edited by Hugh Howey and consisting of The End is Nigh, The End is Now, and The End Has Come – now available on audio), OPERATION ARCANA, and, of course, WASTELANDS and now WASTELANDS 2.

Famine, Death, Warcover-audio-wastelands 2, and Pestilence—the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the harbingers of Armageddon—these are our guides through the Wastelands.

WASTELANDS 2: MORE STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE is a new anthology of postapocalyptic literature from some of the most renowned authors in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres today, including George R. R. Martin, Hugh Howey, Junot Díaz, David Brin, and many more. This eclectic mix of tales explores famine, death, war, pestilence, and harbingers of the biblical apocalypse. –downpour.com

These thirty vivid short stories are brought to life by an equally diverse group of talented narrators. Paul Boehmer, Gabrielle de Cuir, Arthur Morey, Stefan Rudnicki and Judy Young return for Volume 2 and are joined by Cassandra Campbell, Orson Scott Card, Jamye Grant, Taylor Meskimen, and Kristoffer Tabori. Find your full Table of Contents below!

Start your journey into the WASTELANDS and get both anthologies on downpour.com today!


Introduction by John Joseph Adams read by Stefan Rudnicki

The Tamarisk Hunter by Paolo Bacigalupi read by Kristoffer Tabori

Deep Blood Kettle by Hugh Howey read by Stefan Rudnicki

Animal Husbandry by Seanan McGuire read by Gabrielle de Cuir

“…for a single yesterday” by George R. R. Martin read by Stefan Rudnicki

Chislehurst Messiah by Lauren Beukes read by Kristoffer Tabori

Colliding Branes by Rudy Rucker & Bruce Sterling read by Taylor Meskimen

Ellie by Jack McDevitt read by Stefan Rudnicki

Foundation by Ann Aguirre read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Beat Me Daddy (Eight to the Bar) by Cory Doctorow read by Stefan Rudnicki

A Beginner’s Guide to Survival Before, During, and After the Apocalypse by Christopher Barzak read by Arthur Morey

Wondrous Days by Genevieve Valentine read by Stefan Rudnicki

Dreams in Dust by D. Thomas Minton read by Kristoffer Tabori

By Fools Like Me by Nancy Kress read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Jimmy’s Roadside Cafe by Ramsey Shehadeh read by Stefan Rudnicki

The Elephants of Poznan by Orson Scott Card read by Orson Scott Card

The Postman by David Brin read by Stefan Rudnicki

When We Went To See the End of the World by Robert Silverberg read by Paul Boehmer

The Revelation of Morgan Stern by Christie Yant read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Final Exam by Megan Arkenberg read by Judy Young

A Flock of Birds by James Van Pelt read by Arthur Morey

Patient Zero by Tananarive Due read by Paul Boehmer

Soulless in His Sight by Milo James Fowler read by Stefan Rudnicki

Outer Rims by Toiya Kristen Finley read by Jamye Grant

Advertising at the End of the World by Keffy R. M. Kehrli read by Cassandra Campbell

How the World Became Quiet: A Post-Human Creation Myth by Rachel Swirsky read by Gabrielle de Cuir

Tight Little Stitches in a Dead Man’s Back by Joe R. Lansdale read by Stefan Rudnicki

After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh read by Jamye Grant

The Traditional by Maria Dahvana Headley read by Judy Young

Monstro by Junot Diaz read by Stefan Rudnicki

Biographical Fragments of the Life of Julian Prince by Jake Kerr read by Stefan Rudnicki

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