This Is the Way the World EndsNebula Award Finalist: A fantastical and darkly comic tale of nuclear apocalypse that “begins where Dr. Strangelove ends” (The Philadelphia Inquirer).
George Paxton is a simple man, happy enough with his job carving inscriptions on gravestones. All he needs is a high-tech survival garment—a scopas suit—to protect his beloved daughter in the event of nuclear Armageddon. But when George finally acquires the coveted suit, the deal comes with a catch: He must sign a sales contract admitting to his complicity in the nuclear arms race between the US and the Soviets.
Inevitably, the bombs fall, and our hero finds himself imprisoned on a submarine headed for Antarctica, where he and five other survivors will stand trial for “crimes against humanity.” George Paxton’s accusers are no ordinary plaintiffs: They are “the unadmitted,” potential people whose hypothetical lives were canceled in consequence of humankind’s self-extinction. In the months that follow, George’s dark journey will take him through the hellscape that was once the Earth, through a human past that has become as unthinkable as the human future, to his day in court before the South Pole tribunal, and finally into the intolerable heart of loss.
From the World Fantasy Award–winning author of Only Begotten Daughter and Towing Jehovah, this is an “astute, highly engaging, and . . . moving” journey into a bizarre postapocalyptic world (Los Angeles Times).
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“Begins where Dr. Strangelove ends . . . Utterly dazzling.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Having no answers but only prophecy, Morrow is unafraid to feel pain or to make us feel it . . . Astute, highly engaging, and finally, moving.” —Los Angeles Times
“A remarkable achievement.” —Arthur C. Clarke
“The most affecting account of nuclear devastation I have read in a work of fiction.” —Newsday
“If Kurt Vonnegut had collaborated with Jonathan Schell on an antinuclear novel, the result might be This Is the Way the World Ends.” —The New York Times Book Review
About the author
Born in 1947, James Morrow has been writing fiction ever since he, as a seven-year-old living in the Philadelphia suburbs, dictated “The Story of the Dog Family” to his mother, who dutifully typed it up and bound the pages with yarn. This three-page, six-chapter fantasy is still in the author’s private archives. Upon reaching adulthood, Jim produced nine novels of speculative fiction, including the critically acclaimed Godhead Trilogy. He has won the World Fantasy Award (for Only Begotten Daughter and Towing Jehovah), the Nebula Award (for “Bible Stories for Adults, No. 17: The Deluge” and the novella City of Truth), and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award (for the novella Shambling Towards Hiroshima). A fulltime fiction writer, Jim makes his home in State College, Pennsylvania, with his wife, his son, an enigmatic sheepdog, and a loopy beagle. He is hard at work on a novel about Darwinism and its discontents.