Library at the End of the World – Episode 13

In many dystopian tales, science is the culprit for the downfall.  Often, the eggheads were trying to make things better and it just didn’t go as planned.  This week, Jim talks to Ashleigh Reynolds.  Her series, beginning with Paroxysm Effect, looks at what would happen if mankind had been freed of negative emotions and violence for decades, and then suddenly those feelings came rushing back at once.  This week’s Three Minute Survival Tip talks about the importance of having comfort foods in the pantry.

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Library at the End of the World – Episode 12

This time around, we’re talking about the ultra-violent and sometimes sleazy “men’s adventure” post-apocalyptic stories.  The high-octane car chases, blazing gun battles, and more often than not a little eye candy waiting for the hero’s return.  Eric Compton, reviewer of PaperbackWarrior.com sits down with Jim to talk about the Outrider series by Richard Harding, one of their favorites of the men’s adventure books from back in the day.  The Three Minute Survival tip after the interview is all about planning for communication during a disaster.

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Library at the End of the World – Episode 11

In this week’s installment, we’re talking a little about sailing, a little about wilderness survival, and a little about the end of the world.  Join us as Scott Williams tells us how he transitioned from writing survival manuals to engaging and entertaining novels and how he went from working with a traditional publisher to doing it all himself.  Plus, the Three Minute Survival Tip, this week featuring a quick discussion on emergency kits for the vehicle. 

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Library at the End of the World – Episode 10

Putting a paranormal slant on post-apocalyptic fiction isn’t necessarily new but it isn’t all that commonplace.  This week, Jim chats with Acacia Parker, whose book RECESS has an interesting combination of a journey through a ravaged world with decidedly paranormal elements.  For the weekly survival tip, we’re talking about how to stock up on prescription medications.

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Library at the End of the World – Episode 9

This time around, we’re talking about the theme of isolation in post-apocalyptic fiction.  Many stories and movies revolve around the “last man on earth” scenario.  Jim interviews Andrew Barker, a British filmmaker whose film A RECKONING is a brilliant portrayal of solitude.  And, of course, the weekly Three Minute Survival Tip, this week featuring a discussion on post-collapse barter & trade.

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Library at the End of the World – Episode 8

PANDEMIC by Yvonne Ventresca is one of Jim’s favorite disaster books.  While geared toward the Young Adult crowd, it isn’t filled with fluff, rainbows, and unicorns.  Instead, we have the Blue Flu, a virus that leaves infected patients gasping for air.  This week, Jim sits down with Yvonne to talk about the book, pandemics in general, and why Young Adult disaster fiction seems to be all the rage.

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Library at the End of the World – Episode 5

In episode 5, the focus is on post-apocalyptic communities. While the lone wolf Road Warrior is fun to read about, small villages and groups are interesting, too.  There’s a lot to take into account when writing about a survival community, from the group’s structure to division of labor.  Author Kristen Cannon joins Jim to talk about her Kingdom of Walden series, which focuses on a community in Northern Ontario after a major societal collapse.  Also, details on how to win the Library at the End of the World Shameless Bribe contest!

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Library at the End of the World – Episode 4

In our 4th installment, we’re talking about Young Adult disaster fiction.  There’s an awful lot of it coming out these days and much of it is quite good.  We touch on The Hunger Games and a couple of others.  Then, Jim interviews Mike Mullin, author of the Ashfall series, and among other things they discuss what happens when the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Forest finally blows?

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Library At The End of The World – Episode 3

In episode 3, The Road Warrior is on the menu.  Jim talks about the first time he saw Max and his sawed off double barrel shotgun and the impact it had on him.  Author Adam J Whitlatch is the guest this week.  His book, THE WELLER, is very much the literary equivalent of The Road Warrior.  Adam and Jim discuss the inspirations behind THE WELLER as well as the enduring popularity of post-apocalyptic books and movies.

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Library at the End of the World – Episode 2

In our second installment, Jim begins the show with talking about his theories on why end of the world fiction is so popular.  Then, the focus shifts over to prepper fiction, such as how it is different from other types of end of the world stories and what is the Prepper Fiction Checklist.  From there, Jim talks to popular prepper fiction author Franklin Horton, author of Borrowed World.  They discuss how that series began, what prompted the writing of the books, and how realistic the plot might actually be.  Jim wraps up with the Three Minute Survival Tip, this time discussing the importance of water.

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Library at the End of the World – Episode 1

In the premier episode, host Jim Cobb discusses his early discovery of post-disaster fiction and the influences on his own career as a disaster readiness consultant.  He also interviews Sharon Ahern, co-author of THE SURVIVALIST book series and learns how she and her husband Jerry plotted the stories, researched products that were featured, and just how much real life was inserted into those stories.

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