Praise/Reviews

Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

This harrowing reprint anthology of 22 apocalyptic tales reflects the stresses of contemporary international politics […] All depict unsettling societal, physical and psychological adaptations their authors postulate as necessary for survival after the end of the world. […] the volume’s common denominator is hubris: that tragic human proclivity for placing oneself at the center of the universe, and each story uniquely traces the results. Some highlight human hope, even optimism [others] treat identity by exploring mutation. [Several] gauge the height of human striving, while others […] plumb the depths of human prejudice, jealousy and fear [and some] will break your heart.

Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble

My favorite anthology of all time—packed with masterworks.

Jeff VanderMeer, Realms of Fantasy

Hopeful rather than despairing […] relevant to the uncertain times in which we live [the stories] display a full understanding of the worries and real problems that might eventually threaten civilization as we know it.

Locus Magazine

A first-rate anthology that quite convincingly represents the more recent SFnal view of the apocalypse.

SFF World

I can’t help but give this collection the highest recommendation. I think this will be a cornerstone for most reader’s shelves.

Booklist

Editor Adams provides a bit of everything that is best about the trope, from bleak, empty worlds to beacons of hope in an otherwise awful situation.  […] A well-chosen selection of well-crafted stories, offering something to please nearly every post-apocalyptic palate.

PC Gamer

A classic […] perfect for those moments when we want to take a trip to the end of the world.

Bookgasm

Few books have had the impact on me that Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse did. […] A great collection that gets my highest recommendation.

Grasping for the Wind

Wastelands is an exceptional anthology. In scope and vision it can only be compared to Harlan Ellison’s Dangerous Visions. […] I highly recommend this anthology for anyone who enjoys reading anything. […] Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is the best anthology of any kind I have read to date.

SF Site

Wastelands is a fine anthology: an educational introduction to the subgenre and a well-chosen jog of the memory for the more experienced connoisseur of calamity.

Stainless Steel Droppings

A wide-variety of post-apocalyptic scenarios from some of the field’s most prolific authors […] a must-have volume for fans of the this subgenre of science fiction.

SF Signal

A great selection of end-of-the-world stories.