Wastelands: The New Apocalypse

The new post-apocalyptic collection by master anthologist John Joseph Adams, featuring never-before-published stories and curated reprints by some of the genre’s most popular and critically-acclaimed authors.

In WASTELANDS: THE NEW APOCALYPSE, veteran anthology editor John Joseph Adams is once again our guide through the wastelands using his genre and editorial expertise to curate his finest collection of post-apocalyptic short fiction yet. Whether the end comes via nuclear war, pandemic, climate change, or cosmological disaster, these stories explore the extraordinary trials and tribulations of those who survive.

Featuring never-before-published tales by: Veronica Roth, Hugh Howey, Jonathan Maberry, Seanan McGuire, Tananarive Due, Richard Kadrey, Scott Sigler, Elizabeth Bear, Tobias S. Buckell, Meg Elison, Greg van Eekhout, Wendy N. Wagner, Jeremiah Tolbert, and Violet Allen—plus, recent reprints by: Carmen Maria Machado, Carrie Vaughn, Ken Liu, Paolo Bacigalupi, Kami Garcia, Charlie Jane Anders, Catherynne M. Valente, Jack Skillingstead, Sofia Samatar, Maureen F. McHugh, Nisi Shawl, Adam-Troy Castro, Dale Bailey, Susan Jane Bigelow, Corinne Duyvis, Shaenon K. Garrity, Nicole Kornher-Stace, Darcie Little Badger, Timothy Mudie, and Emma Osborne.

Continuing in the tradition of WASTELANDS: STORIES OF THE APOCALYPSE, these 34 stories ask: What would life be like after the end of the world as we know it?

ISBN: 978-1785658952
Format: Trade Paperback / Ebook

Praise for Wastelands: The New Apocalypse

John Joseph Adams is no stranger to apocalypse. As the editor of several apocalypse-themed anthologies—including Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse (2008), Wastelands 2: More Stories of the Apocalypse (2015), as well as the anthologies making up The Apocalypse Triptych(2014’s The End is Nigh and The End is Now, and 2015’s The End has Come, all co-edited with Hugh Howey)—Adams has selected some of the best apocalyptic fiction to found anywhere. His brand-new follow-on in the Wastelands series, The New Apocalypse, continues this tradition. The New Apocalypse focuses on more recent apocalyptic fiction, collecting thirty-four short fiction gems released in the last several years (twenty reprints + 14 original tales new to this anthology) and proves that even subgenres need not become stale.

Kirkus Reviews

These stories are entertaining and action-packed; clever, creative, and sometimes even a little bit funny. It may be ironic to use the worst disasters we can imagine as a platform for escapism, but, as the Wastelands series shows, the apocalypse is one hell of an opportunity.


[8/10 rating] This latest entry in what’s currently a trilogy sustains both the high standard of its predecessors and the ability to surprise and intrigue as well as (in the nicest possible way) to terrify and appall.

Starburst Magazine

In this excellent anthology John Joseph Adams has assembled a wonderful set of tales of how it all ended but the focus is on those who survive the main event. It may not be for long; it may not be a happy ending, or it may just remind you never to give up hope. […] The variety and strength of writing is universally very high and its so refreshing to see post-apocalyptic fiction that is prepared to accept so much diversity in its range of viewpoints. It’s a truly 21st century anthology. I felt hopeful about humanity after reading this – we are capable of doing so much better in the dark times we find ourselves in.  That message is so important to us now.  An excellent thought-provoking collection that I think any fan of the apocalyptic world should pick up.

Runalong the Shelves

I can recommend Wastelands: The New Apocalypse to everybody who yearns to read something entertaining and gripping. If you enjoy well written speculative fiction, please, take a look at this anthology and delve boldly into its post-apocalyptic stories, because the journey you’re about to take will astound and reward you. These stories will captivate, shock and entertain you in equal measure. Highly recommended!

Risingshadow (5/5 Stars)