This is a quite varied selection of short stories based around the theme of being the last man alive. As with most collections, some are good, some less so."The Underdweller" by William F Nolan - A man living in the Los Angeles sewer system avoids the city's new inhabitants."Flight to Forever" by Poul Anderson - A quite long time travel story."Trouble With Ants" by Clifford D Simak - A world mostly populated by dogs and robots (!)"The Coming of the Ice" by G Peyton Wertenbaker - A man experience This is a quite varied selection of short stories based around the theme of being the last man alive. As with most collections, some are good, some less so."The Underdweller" by William F Nolan - A man living in the Los Angeles sewer system avoids the city"s new inhabitants."Flight to Forever" by Poul Anderson - A quite long time travel story."Trouble With Ants" by Clifford D Simak - A world mostly populated by dogs and robots (!)"The Coming of the Ice" by G Peyton Wertenbaker - A man undergoes an experimental surgery and becomes immortal."The Most Sentimental Man" by Evelyn E Smith - The Earth is evacuated and a single man deliberately stays behind."Eddie For Short" by Wallace West - A woman sings over the radio every day, wondering if anyone is listening."Knock" by Frederic Brown - Aliens invade and keep a limited number of animals as specimens when they kill everything else on Earth."Original Sin" by S Fowler Wright - Mankind plans its own mass suicide in an orderly manner."A Man Spekith" by Richard Wilson - A disc jockey is trapped in space."In the World"s Dusk" by Edmond Hamilton - A scientist in the future tries to prevent the extinction of mankind."Kindness" by Lester Del Rey - The last example of homo sapiens lives among an evolved species."Lucifer" by Roger Zelazny - A man revisits a deserted city."Resurrection" by A E Van Vogt - Aliens visit Earth and revive dead humans from various ages."The Second-Class Citizen" by Damon Knight - A man working with dolphins survives the end of the world."Day of Judgement" by Edmond Hamilton - Animals of various species have evolved after the disappearance of humans."Continuous Performance" by Gordon Eklund - The last man makes a living by performing magic to settlements of androids."The New Reality" by Charles L Harness - A man tries to shape reality itself. ...more


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My favorite short story collection! All end of the world stories by some really great writers. I couldn't pick a favorite if you paid me, but I was telling someone quite recently about the first story in the book about a man who lives in the sewers in a world taken over by little monsters. All he is trying to do it get to the library to save important writings and books so they won't be lost to the survivors. In particular he was going for Grey's anatomy, etc. So the knowledge wouldn't be lost.I My favorite short story collection! All end of the world stories by some really great writers. I couldn"t pick a favorite if you paid me, but I was telling someone quite recently about the first story in the book about a man who lives in the sewers in a world taken over by little monsters. All he is trying to do it get to the library to save important writings and books so they won"t be lost to the survivors. In particular he was going for Grey"s anatomy, etc. So the knowledge wouldn"t be lost.It brought up an argument about ebooks vs. the real deal. I am on the side of physical books, I think that ebooks have their place, but I love my bookshelf full of books. I still own a dictionary. An atlas (current, no less, at least since 2007)and I worry about a world without those things. ...even more
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I dunno. Not bad. Usually I'm a sucker for short stories, but there's something about older sci-fi that's sometimes hard to digest. The majority of these stories have protagonists who are all cut from same 50's scientist cloth, all pipes and tweed jackets and dim female secretaries swooning at the idea of heavy thinking. Not as fun as I'd hoped. 5/10 might eat here again, if they changed the menu up, I guess. I dunno. Not bad. Usually I"m a sucker for short stories, but there"s something about older sci-fi that"s sometimes hard to digest. The majority of these stories have protagonists who are all cut from same 50"s scientist cloth, all pipes and tweed jackets and dim female secretaries swooning at the idea of heavy thinking. Not as fun as I"d hoped. 5/10 might eat here again, if they changed the menu up, I guess. ...even more