The End of the World (British Library Science Fiction Classics) ★★★☆☆

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Title: The End of the World
Series: British Library Science Fiction Classics
Editor: Mike Ashley
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 237
Words: 87.5K


The End of the World
Helen Sutherland

three dooms of london: London’s Danger
C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne

The Freezing of London
Herbert C. Ridout

Days of Darkness
Owen Oliver

Within an Ace of the End of the World
Robert Barr

The Last American
John Ames Mitchell

The End of the World
Simon Newcomb

The Great Crellin Comet
George Griffith

Two by Two
John Brunner

Frank Lillie Pollock

The Madness of Professor Pye
Warwick Deeping

Created He Them
Alice Eleanor Jones

There Will Come Soft Rains
Ray Bradbury

My Thoughts:

Yeah, this wasn’t half bad. Despite Ashley desperately trying to make this collection a CliFi oriented set of stories, seeing the world end over and over and over was pretty cathartic.

There were a couple of stories where the world didn’t end and I have to admit they kind of made me feel sad, on the inside. There were also several stories where “The World” was encapsulated into London. Typical tribalism at its most petty and annoying.

The bar was super low so I don’t really feel that saying this wasn’t half bad is much of a compliment. This series has felt like the literary equivalent of eating fried vegetables. Not the best tasting and not even good for you. Just one more to go in this series. It’s like the last leg in a marathon before crossing the finish line.

Go me!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

38 thoughts on “The End of the World (British Library Science Fiction Classics) ★★★☆☆

  1. The end of the world is such a big theme in today’s SF, I’d be interested in this volume for comparison purposes. Sounds like the editor might have been trying to shoehorn it a bit into today’s concerns.

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    1. I remember Titan AE so much because in it the world DID end. Sure, it was a disney’esque animated movie aimed at the teen crowd, but even now I still like it.
      Seeing the world blow up still makes my gut feel like it was punched though.

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    1. You know, that’s a great question. Right now it’s between a re-read of Sanderson’s Mistborn and another SF collection of short stories. Going to depend on which was added first to the tbr pile in calibre.

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      1. I think I read the first 2 Mistborn but did not carry on (I’ve always struggled to get enthusiastic about Sanderson).

        However, I really enjoyed book one and loved how it ended in such a way that you could either carry on or simply stop and enjoy it as a great solid novel

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        1. I liked his stuff until he started going more YA and more overtly woke in terms of checking off the diversity list. He’s not paying attention to the Mistborn world nearly as much so I’m not paying attention to him.

          but a re-read will let me know if it was really as good as I thought it was back then (and I thought it was the best thing since deep fried twinkies!)

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          1. I’m currently listening to an audiobook by Adrian Tchaikovsky called Doors of Eden. He’s tried to go overly diverse with his characters simply to ‘tick the boxes’ I have zero issue with diverse characters but, like any character, if they’re not relevant to the story, why are they there?

            Sadly, none of the characters, diverse or not, are relevant to anything in this one. So dodge the Doors of Eden bullet if anyone ever shoots it at you 😂

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            1. I’m pretty much done with Tchaikovsky too, for the same reasons as Sanderson. The last couple I read by him I didn’t particularly enjoy, so he’s off my auto-read list. Which is too bad, because I thought his Shadows of the Apt decalogy was some of the best fantasy ever written.

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        1. it’s actually beef IF you believe the ingredients.
          And you call yourself an edumacated man and you don’t know what kind of vegetable beef is?
          If I cared more I would totally school you and make you repeat First Grade. But I don’t care so you get a free pass to graduation. 12 years of education in one sentence. That’s gotta be some kind of record.

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                1. Well, if you wear cardboard knickers, I’m not surprised you don’t have an education system. Who could sit still for 6+ hours wearing those?

                  At least they’re easily recyclable in case of “accidents”….

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                    1. Primary cardboard knickers? I’m guessing that means you have Secondary cardboard knickers. Are they for special occasions, like bowing down to the Royals and celebrating Bravehearts birthday?

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                    2. and you call yourself a Scotsman. Get out that blue woad! It’s bottom painting time….

                      (3 years ago, if you had asked me if I would ever write such a sentence, I would have said there was no chance, ever, period. I blame your corrupting influence by the way)

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                    3. No, but you have fostered an atmosphere of jeering, raillery and generally mockery.
                      And you’ll notice I’ve HAVE not talked about Braveheart’s blue bottom on your blog since you asked me not to. But here on my blog, it’s raining blue woad….
                      * breaks out into singing *

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