I'm going to start this post by pissing a few people the righteous hell off!!!!! I saw Costner's, "The Postman" in the theater the weekend it was released and loved it so much I had to stop at a book store on the way home to pick up Brin's original text. When I got home, I kicked back on the couch, turned on the light and did not move from there until I finished the book about 8-10 hours later. I HATED THE DAMNED BOOK!!!!! It was SOOOOO predictable. I mean he get's to the college and they take him in to have an "interview" with their leader the "Super-computer". I had this voice screaming in my head, "IGNORE THE MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN!!!!". I was RIGHT!!!! Brin also stole the super-soldiers from an old early 70's Gene Roddenberry t.v. movie. So, for me THE MOVIE STILL ROCKS!!!! That said, let's move on. I have Shute's"On the Beach", but have not read it. I picked it up at a local book fair (readers PARADISE!!!!) about 3 years ago. Still on my nightstand next to my bed, one day I will get to it. Someone mentioned Robert R. McCammons, "Swan Song". I have it but have not read it. Will get to it eventually. "Day of the Triffids" by John Wyndham is a classic. I picked it up about 3 years ago (if that) and could not put it down. So much better than that silly early 60's movie. And you may not know it, but there was a 2001 sequel that was written by Simon Clark entitled, "The Night of the Triffids". This one deals with Bills son, David on a forced trip to America where he escapes from his captors, befriends native Americans who can move among the Triffids effortlessly, and brings down an old enemy of his fathers. Great piece of story telling. Also, try "One Second After", by William R. Forstchen. It's a hyper-realistic look on the effects of an electro-magnetic pulse attack on the U.S.. It will make you question your survivability potential. As to Zelazny's "Damnation Alley"... I read the version printed in, "The Last Defender of Camelot" short story collection many years ago. However, it has recently come to my attention that this may be a truncated version of the story. I liked what I read well enough, though I 'd certainly get the longer version if it exists and if I can find it. "The Stand" by Stephen King... I read the original publication, and was not enthused. I would read the expanded edition if I ever managed to get it. But I think the T.V. mini-series with Gary Sinise is good enough. As to Ben Affleck directing a re-make... why? To whoever mentioned the "Scout" comics by Tim Truman, I agree. I collected them and read at least the first 10. I don't know if I ever completed my collection. I know I don't have Scout's Wedding Album. That may (or may NOT) be the only hole in my Scout collection. Though I do have the one album ever released by Tim Truman and the Dixie Pistols. Never opened. Jerry Aherns "The Survivalist" was a good after the war series that he envisioned as an ongoing sci-fi series, but the publisher marketed it to the "Men's Adventure" set. It even had the hero and his team going into suspended animation for 500 years just a few books into the series to await the return of a fleet of shuttles also carrying hundreds of people in suspended animation. If you want air combat in your post-apocalyptic fiction, then try Mack Maloney's series, "The Wingman". The 1st would have been a great stand alone novel all by itself. But the rest of them were great as well. I had a discourse with him a few months ago after hearing him on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory, and he tells me he may be bringing the series back in some way. But that's all I'll say about that. Now... for those of you who feel the need to flame me for saying how much I loved Costner's movie and hated Brin's book, "The Postman"... you may begin. CKB.
Watch your back, shoot straight, conserve ammo, and never cut a deal with an Artificial Intelligence.