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After London

Posted April 21, 2015 by John Birmingham

The Public Doman Review has one of the first post-apocalyptic novels published in the English on it's site, a lovely digital copy of 1911's After London.

The dense curlicues of Edwardian era language can take some getting used to. (I'd have deleted the first sentence, for instance, and started cold with the second which is much punchier.

"It became green everywhere in the first spring, after London ended, so that all the country looked alike."

PDR's reader is pretty basic, but if if the book takes your fancy they do link to a nice new digital version published by Observatory Press.

5 Responses to ‘After London’

insomniac asserts...

Posted April 21, 2015
I read War of the Worlds recently, and the olde worlde language is quite noticeable there too. It just makes it sound like a couple of people pouncing about the countryside having a gay old time. I'll give this one a go.

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GhostSwirv mumbles...

Posted April 21, 2015

Welles' original tale for me is ripe to be retold as a Victorian period sci-fi disaster epic. Jeff Wayne's concept musical version from the 70's is still pretty worth a listen to - Thunderchild always gives me chills.

But if After London doesn't grab the average cheesepunters attention I suggest scrolling down the Public Domain Review page and partaking of the joys of Santa Klaus vs The Martians or The Last American and who could resist the inimitable Plan 9 From Outer Space.

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Barnesm is gonna tell you...

Posted April 21, 2015
Reminded me of Shelly's 'The Last Man'.

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Sparty swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 21, 2015
Nice catch will give it a look

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Spanner swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted April 22, 2015
I'm curious about a genre mash up. Distopian-steampunk-post apocalypse-romance. .
Ok I'll put down the beer and the Encyclopedia of SF.

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