The Postman is worth a read.
Farnham's Freehold - Robert Heinlein
How about Farnham's Freehold
The Rift - Walter J Williams
New Madrid Fault gives way, lower Mississippi valley is given a Katrina. Really good in the sociological views, more than a little "how to" as well, like how to use asprin to create "go boom" stuff like picric acid.
Not really "end of the world" but great reading anyway about a disaster scenario...
Another on is "The Rift" by Walter J. Williams. It is long, and a Katrina type SHTF story. But centered around an earthquake. It gets drawn out in some places but has a lot of good info thrown in and the consequences of not preparing.
Year Zero - Jeff Long
Ancient plague unwittingly loosed on modern man. Great read.
The Descent - Jeff Long
Underground beings emerge, Hell is real and it's here to stay. A really great read.
Tunnel in the Sky - Robert Heinlein
Survival story of the future. Not bad at all.
The Years of Rice and Salt - Kim Stanley Robinson
Ya gotta accept the reality of karma and reincarnation but it's thought provoking if you have a good handle on far east and mid east history. Turns into a kind of alternate history read as Arabs recolonise Europe. Oh, I'm sorry, that's reality now.
Sorry don't have it handy for the author. Post apocalytpic England and the rise of a new society. Kind of like reading a Canterbury Tales of the future at times. A good read.
Enemies Foreign and Domestic
Dot Gov turns on people to subverte their rights. Lots of high tech info and how it's turned on the citizenry for spying purposes. A good read, now playing in a gov.office near you.
+1 for Enemies, Foreign and Domestic.
No, it's not a how to manual for getting rid of your spousal unit. Part two of above, centers on the Aztlan movement. Another futuristic read, yeah right the Mexicans invading the US!
The Stand - Stephen King
Also want to add "The Stand" by Stephen King. I think it's the best King novel I've read.
Cell - Stephen King
I read the S.King novel "Cell" after those two and was entertained a lot with that one also. It certainly was a new twist on the well tread zombie apocalypse genre.
I enjoyed the "Cell" as well but it was just a hair too 'out there' for me as is typical with Steven King for me. Great book though and I'd recommend it.
The Rackham Files - Dean Ing
I recently ran across some fiction by Dean Ing that is pretty good
Pulling Through - Dean Ing
Wolf and Iron - Gordon Dickson
I liked Wolf and Iron by Gordon Dickson.
Dies the Fire - S.M. Stirling
And for something completely different I enjoyed the Dies the Fire series by S.M. Stirling.
Two good ones are "Dies the Fire" and the sequal "Meeting at Corvalis" by S.M. Sirling (?)
Society is reduced technologically to the pre-industrial age.
The premise is that all explosives and electricity suddenly stop working. So, no more gunpowder, car engines, or most other technology. The people have to rebuild society from very crude beginnings.
Island in the Sea of Time - S.M. Stirling
The island of Nantucket is thrown into prehistoric times. The island itself is somewhat self-sufficient, but the people have to rebuild society almost entirely while confronted by various military threats.
Conquistador - S.M. Stirling
Not really a SHTF novel. A character in the book discovers a portal to an alternate reality and attempts to build a civilization that matches his philosophy. The book is set much later, when the portal and civilization are discovered by the protagonists.
The Last Ship - William Brinkley
The crew of a US naval warship are some of the last survivors after a world-wide nuclear holocaust. Very sophisticated and philosophical treatment of the human factors of survival.
Patriots: Surviving the Coming Collapse - John Wesley Rawles
Another good one is Patriots surviving the coming collapse by James Wesley Rawles. It has been re released recently with several new chapters. A very good read. Thought provoking.
I read ... "Surviving the coming collapse" too. That one seemed more like a survival manual with a story thrown in, but it was good.
Swiss Family Robinson
Farmer in the Sky
the early Sackett books - Louis L'Amour
Some of the Louis L’Amour books have good info on desert and winter survival as well. There’s been more than once that something my kids saw done on Surviviorman was something I first read of in a L’Amour book; things like the cactus needle-&-thread and such. The early Sackett books are very good in this regard; being set in 1600’s North America. (May be 1500’s North America even; it was a long time ago that I read them.) Watching the Crocodile Hunter one time a few years ago, I was able to sound sage-like to my kids by mentioning an alligator’s propensity to knock a man's legs out form under him with its tail, before the host mentioned it. The kids were impressed, but the fact is it was just something I’d read in a L’Amour book in the 70’s and hadn’t really had much reason to think about after that. L’Amour’s books are also entertaining enough that kids & teenagers will read them for the entertainment value; the information value is just a subconscious plus.
Plague Year - Jeff Carlson
Anyway, picked up Lucifers Hammer as well as a new novel called "Plague Year" by a new author Jeff Carlson. I'm about 5 chapters into Plague Year and it is good so far. Cannibalism, murder, sex, and altitude sensitive nanobots that eat you from the inside. What else could one ask for?
Finished Plague Year. Quick read. Fun book. Gets a thumbs up in my opinion but is not ever going to be a classic.
Z for Zachariah
I read something once upon a time about this chick that escapes a nuclear fallout in a valley of some sort. Then some guy was after her to rape her or something, I think he had radiation poisoning. I can't remember the name but I guess it'd fit under SHTF category. It was an alright book.
The Survivalist - Ahern
I started reading Ahern's series, The Survivalist, but didn't read too many of them. Even the first one stretched my disbelief too far. John Thomas Rourke just kept going around looking for gunfights(and finding them) . Yeah, I know he was the biggest, baddest thing in the Valley of Death, but still, even Superman had kryptonite to worry about.
The Dome in the Forest
I also read a series on survivors who lived underground, "The Dome In The Forest", and several others based on that. These folks lived underground, with a topside dome having an observation telescope. The scope was damaged by the (nuclear) event, so they thought the outside was still unlivable and went back underground to their survivalist life. Other folks survived the blast, and knew that yearly some force raised the scope and rotated it, then it withdrew. It was their great yearly mystery event.
The whole series indicated how and why various groups had survived, and how they evolved, a lesbian scientist who was on a spelunking trip with a big party of females, a group of doper bikers who now raise dope and party all the time, etc. No one had really prepared for the big event, but they made it through in various ways, and developed different little communities to make a new life.
Out of the Ashes - William W. Johnstone
"Out of the Ashes" by William W. Johnstone is pretty darn good also. Johnstone eventually wrote twenty something Ashes books. Don't bother reading past the first one! Johnstone was a survivalist, and a pretty good author, but he would get lazy. His first books in each series are pretty good and then he just cranks out a bunch of sequels.
I think by the time he died, Johnstone started thinking he WAS Ben Raines. A lot of people fell in love with the Tri-States idea, and you used to see ads in Survival Guide from people who were looking for others who supported the Tri-States philosophy. I thought the first one wasn't too bad, sort of like The Survivalist series. I agree about the rest of the Ashes series going downhill.
Ring of Fire series - Eric Flint
These books deal with a West Virginia coal town thrown into the 30-years war in Germany. They have to rebuild society with the knowledge that they brought with them. The books are titled 1630, 1631, etc.
A Boy and His Dog (movie)
Children of Men (movie)
Lights Out! (internet) - David Crawford (halffast)
free, on the web and deserves to be published!
I am currently reading "Lights Out" by Halffast. I am enjoying it
Lights Out beats most published works i've read. Gonna be hard to find a better one. Thanks again Halffast.
Lost and Found (internet - unfinished) - halffast
I wanted to let you all know that I am working on a new story. This one will be considerably shorter than "Lights Out". The first 11 chapters are available HERE. I expect that there will be around 35 chapters by the time I'm finished, but I may not post all of them on the net. I hope you get to finish it in paperback form. I'm trying to add a chapter every two weeks or so. If you decide to read it, please give me your frank and honest reviews. Thanks for your time and thanks for all the support that LO recieved here in the S/P Forum.
Cold Camp (internet)
free, on the web
Birth of a Raider (internet) - old bear
"Old Bear" wrote some survival short stories a few years ago that are good. "Birth of a Raider" was very realistic imo.
Aftermath (internet) - Al Steiner
I consider Aftermath pretty good, but do warn people there's plenty of gratuitous sex and violence in it. Some people are more sensitive than others. I figure if TSHTF there will probably be plenty of violence and probably some sex, too, and I don't like my stories sugar-coated.
It has 21+ chapters, so it might be easier to save it to your computer and read it offline.
If you liked Lucifer's Hammer, you might also like the online story Aftermath, by Al Steiner. I'm not quite sure how it connects to Lucifer's Hammer, but it seems like it would tie in with it fairly easily.
Doing it all over (internet) - Al Steiner
Another good read is by the guy that wrote Aftermath.
This isn't about the survivial you might expect, but it is a good read, lots of sex though, like Aftermath, which was really good also.
Zombie type book, it's a decent read. Not as good as lights out though.
Triple Ought (internet)