12/21/12 is almost upon us! For those fearing doom and destruction as the Mayan calendar comes to an abrupt end, here are three books that can help you prepare for the end of the world as we know it.
The Rough Guide to Surviving the End of the World by Paul Parsons is a light-hearted but scientifically thorough look at the threats to human existence. It covers many plausible apocalyptic scenarios, including out-of-control technology, massive natural disasters, overpopulation, and threats from space, among others. This is the ultimate guide to have on hand when the unthinkable happens.
How to Survive the End of the World As We Know It: Tactics, Techniques, and Technologies for Uncertain Times by James Wesley Rawles provides the ultimate guide to total preparedness and self-reliance. Written by one of the best-known survival experts, this work contains everything people need to know in order to prepare and protect themselves.
Modern Survival : How to Cope When Everything Falls Apart by former British Special Air Service member Barry Davies outlines a guide for surviving modern catastrophes. Documenting recommended steps for handling such examples as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and government shutdowns, this guide is a must if you fear the worst.
For those who don't have any fear for the impending immolation of civilization, here are a few books of exciting tales of post-apocalyptic fiction for your enjoyment.
A hefty tome of collected short stories from genre fiction juggernauts such as George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Octavia E. Butler, and Stephen King, Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse explores the scientific, psychological, and philosophical questions of what it means to remain human in the wake of Armageddon.
Then for those looking for a classic tale of civilization's end, why not try John Wyndham's The Day of the Triffids? When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth's population blind, Bill Masen is one of the lucky few to retain his sight. The London he walks is crammed with groups of men and women needing help, some ready to prey on those who can still see. To make matters worse, man-eating plants known as triffids are roaming wild, hunting the blind and sighted alike. You can also check out a previous review by Dan @ Central.
Of course, the apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic genres don't end there, in case you're hungry for more stories of the struggle for survival in desolate landscapes. City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau is a gem of the genre and especially suited for younger readers (though older readers will enjoy it too!) Cormac McCarthy's The Road is a harsh but immensely engaging tale of a boy and his father in a world gone wrong. Finally, for those still left in the dust of the popular fiction bandwagon, now is as good of a time as any to read Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy, a story for those who like their Running Man with a side order of Battle Royale.
Tim @ Central