This week on my pop-culture podcast The Incomparable, we talk about a few books set after the end of the world as we know it. There’s “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel, an acclaimed book that may be a good novel, but is not good science fiction. Then there’s “The Peripheral” by William Gibson, one of my favorite writers—it’s dense and peculiar and has some amazing moments, though it feels overstuffed. And finally there’s “Slow Apocalypse” by John Varley, which I didn’t read, but apparently is very useful if you live in Los Angeles and are a doomsday prepper.
My guests this week are Scott McNulty, Lisa Schmeiser, Monty Ashley, and David J. Loehr.
—Linked by Jason Snell