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Earth Abides is a 1949 post-apocalyptic science fiction novel, an instant classic, and winner of the inaugural International Fantasy Award in 1951. It tells the story of the fall of civilization from deadly disease and its rebirth. The story was set in the United States in the 1940s, in Berkeley, California. Isherwood Williams emerges from isolation in the mountains to find almost everyone dead.

Ranked as high as number eight on the Amazon sales list for twentieth century U.S. fictional literature, George R. Stewart’s Earth Abides has a staying power equaled by few other books. Readers are enthralled by the book. Asked for reactions to the novel they usually say something like “It haunts me,” or “I couldn’t stop reading it.” What keeps Earth Abides sales so high, and readers’ reaction so strong?

There are the obvious reasons. It is a great adventure story, following Ish, the human protagonist, as he explores the post-apocalyptic United States, then leads the slow rebuilding of human society. The riveting way in which Stewart presents the grand sweep of a cataclysmic shift in Earth’s eco-system through the story of the small human microcosm of a community in Berkeley, California makes the book hard to put down. And the book is believable. There’s no deus ex machina for Ish or his Tribe, a handful of survivors of a super-plague, who simply muddle along as most of us would in the same situation — ordinary people made heroic by an extraordinary situation.

Earth Abides was the inspiration for Stephen King's 'The Stand'

Medium paperback in used condition.

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