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George R. Stewart

(1895-1980)
George Rippey Stewart was an American toponymist, a novelist, and a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley. His 1959 book Pickett’s Charge, a detailed history of the final attack at Gettysburg, was called “essential for an understanding of the Battle of Gettysburg”.

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Earth Abides: Not with a bang, but a whimper…

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Earth Abides by George R. Stewart

George R. Stewart’s Earth Abides (1949) won the International Fantasy Award and was selected as one of David Pringle’s Best 100 SF Novels, but I’m guessing many SFF readers have never heard of it. You may have heard of pastoral SF (ala Clifford Simak), and this book may be best classified as post-holocaust pastoral SF, perhaps even "bucolic SF" (similar books include Leigh Bracket's Long Tomorrow and Pat Frank's Alas, Babylon). In Earth Abides, civilization is wiped out by a mysterious and never-explained virus, but our intrepid protagonist Isherwood Williams ("Ish" to his buddies) makes the best of a primitive existence, first surviving alone by scavenging from the bountiful remains of grocery stores, hardware shops, and gas stations, and even... Read More