The last sixty years have been full of stories of one or other possible Armageddon, whether by nuclear war, plague, cosmic catastrophe or, more recently, global warming, terrorism, genetic engineering, AIDS and other pandemics. These stories, both pre- and post-apocalyptic, describe the fall of civilization, the destruction of the entire Earth, or the end of the Universe itself. Many of the stories reflect on humankind's infinite capacity for self-destruction, but the stories are by no means all downbeat or depressing - one key theme explores what the aftermath of a cataclysm might be and how humans strive to survive.
Mike Ashley is a leading authority on science fiction, fantasy, crime and weird fiction. He has written or edited over 90 books, including The Mammoth Book of King Arthur, The Mammoth Book of Extreme SF, The Mammoth Encycopedia of Crime Fiction and Starlight Man, the biography of Algernon Blackwood, which, in total, have sold over a million copies worldwide. He lives in Chatham, Kent with his wife, three cats and over 30,000 books.