Wastelands Reading at the World Fantasy Convention

This year’s World Fantasy Convention will be held November 1-4. A Wastelands group reading is scheduled for Saturday (Nov. 3) at 3:00 PM, featuring readings from Carol Emshwiller, John Langan, Elizabeth Bear, and Nancy Kress. Hope to see you there!

UPDATE: The reading will be held in Suite 556 on the 5th floor of THE SARATOGA HOTEL.


In the publishing business, a few months before the release of a book, publishers print up a small number of copies for the purpose of soliciting reviews. These pre-release copies are known as advance review copies or galleys. Look what arrived today:


Ain’t they purty?

These books are also sometimes referred to as “advance uncorrected proofs” (which is what it says in that little circle in the bottom right-hand corner). That means the text inside may still have errors in it. In fact, I know it has quite a lot–the galleys are printed up before the manuscript was copyedited. I just went over the copyedited manuscript the other day, and so it’s fresh in my mind just how many errors there were (making me very thankful for the efforts of Marty Halpern, Night Shade’s copyeditor).

So the text inside this edition will be slightly different than the final edition, and the entire book will have a bit of a different look to it come January.

It’s getting pretty exciting now!


Afterworld is a “fully immersive” post-apocalyptic web series about life on Earth after a mysterious event leaves technology useless and 99% of the population missing. The story is told via a series of short computer-animated video webisodes (about three minutes long).

Wastelands on Wikipedia

A friend emailed me to point out that Wastelands was added to Wikipedia.

Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz radio drama

Here’s a review I wrote for the magazine Amazing Stories:

A Canticle for Leibowitz adapted for radio by Karl Schmidt and John Reeves from the novel by Walter M. Miller, Jr., read by a full cast

Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s 1959 Hugo Award-winning masterwork revolves around the Abbey of St. Leibowitz and the monks there who seek to preserve and rediscover the knowledge of the ancients, most of which was lost in the aftermath of the great Flame Deluge. Beginning in the 26th Century and covering a span of some 1800 years, with humanity progressing from a new dark age to a new space age, A Canticle for Leibowitz tells a tale of the pursuit and folly of technological advancements and of the cyclical rise and fall of civilization.

The novel is brought wonderfully to life by this captivating radio dramatization produced by WHA Radio and Wisconsin Public Radio (in association with NPR). Carol Cowan, the primary narrator, reads the text in a grim, compelling tone that leaves the listener hopelessly ensnared. The rest of the cast deliver likewise sterling performances, breathing life into Miller’s characters, capturing at once the profundity of the novel’s themes and its sly, dark humor. Sound effects can often hamper an audiobook production, but here they complement the dramatization well; the sound of church bells and the eerie chanting of the Edgewood College Chant Group help fully immerse the listener in this vision of a post-holocaust America.

Genre purists will probably want to first read the novel, or listen to the unabridged audiobook from Books-on-Tape (read by Jonathan Marosz), but for the casual fan (or the purist who has already read the novel), this is sure to delight. Perhaps it’s best to think of this production as an illuminated manuscript—though it can never replace the sacred original, it is a pleasing replica and a fitting tribute.

Wastelands Site Updates

Updated Richard Kadrey author page: added Favorite Examples of Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

Post-Apocalyptic Tests

Take OK Cupid’s Apocalypse Survival Test and see if you have what it takes to prosper after Armageddon.

Although I edited Wastelands and thus have seriously studied post-apocalyptic literature, my chances of survival are not good; in the four variables tracked, here’s how I scored–

Preparedness: 54%, City Skills: 28%, Survival Skills: 23%, Nature Skills: 0%

After you determine your likelihood to survive, you’re ready to move onto Quizilla’s Post-Apocalyptic Self test, which reveals what sort of mutant or marauder you’ll be. I scored, appropriately, as a “Wasteland Warrior.”