It’s the end of the world! And since our eyeglasses are intact, we have time enough at last, to read. We discuss Maureen McHugh’s "After the Apocalypse" short-story collection, Cormac McCarthy’s "The Road," and other apocalypse tales we have known. Do zombies have their own David Attenborough, leading expeditions into Cleveland? Why should you be afraid if heavy snowfall combines with the appearance of strange invisible magic ghost sex-dragon monsters? And why does John Siracusa plan to ride out the apocalypse in style? We ask several of these questions, but you’ll have to listen to see if we ever answer any of them.
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The Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz got everybody’s attention, and a Pulitzer Prize, with his fierce, funny, tragic first novel “The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.” Now, in a big new essay, Diaz has moved on to bigger themes — like apocalypse and the fate of the human race.
Junot Diaz looks at our recent headlines of earthquakes, tsunamis, meltdown fears, and floods and sees revelation. Not of the hand of God, exactly. But of human realities running amok.
We avert our eyes, he says. But these disasters must be read.
This hour, On Point: Junot Diaz, on revelation and apocalypse.
In this week’s podcast, in honour of the chaos caused by the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland, we’re talking about the apocalypse in literature.
We speak to Simon Winchester, author of Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, about volcanoes past, present and – most worryingly – future, and SF blogger Damien Walter and Guardian writer Xan Brooks join Sarah Crown in the studio to discuss the genesis and status of the disaster novel.
Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded by Simon Winchester Kraken by China Miéville The Stand by Stephen King The Road by Cormac McCarthy The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham "There Will Come Soft Rains" (story from the collection The Martian Chronicles) by Ray Bradbury
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Despite what you may think, the universe is not necessarily a friendly place. Sure, things here on Earth have been pretty stable over the past few millennia, allowing human civilization to gain a foothold. But that could change at any time. Disaster lurks everywhere, from the deepest reaches of space to the very bowels of our planet. We’ve recruited nine prominent Canadian scientists (and one science fiction writer) and asked them to imagine how they think the world might end.