John Joseph Adams is an American science fiction and fantasy editor and critic. His anthology The Living Dead was nominated for a World Fantasy Award and was named one of the "Best Books of the Year" by Publishers Weekly. Barnes & Noble.com labeled Adams "The Reigning King of the Anthology World." He was a finalist for the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor, Short Form, and his magazine Lightspeed Magazine was a finalist for Best Semiprozine.
"Wastelands 2 is riveting, and perfect for "on-the-go" fans of thought-provoking, masterfully crafted post-apocalyptic tales." - Comics Online "As a whole this collection is excellent and I would recommend it to any fan of the genre or short fiction in general. It is refreshing to see an undead-free take on the genre in a market that has been saturated with zombie-related fiction." - Nerdology 101 PRAISE FOR WASTELANDS "Everything that is best about the trope, from bleak, empty worlds to beacons of hope." Booklist "The best anthology of any kind I have read to date." Grasping for the Wind "A great collection that gets my highest recommendation." Bookgasm "Fantastic collections of end-of-the-world short fiction that fans of the genre will surely enjoy" - VG Blogger This harrowing reprint anthology of 22 apocalyptic tales reflects the stresses of contemporary international politics [...] All depict unsettling societal, physical and psychological adaptations their authors postulate as necessary for survival after the end of the world. [...] the volume's common denominator is hubris: that tragic human proclivity for placing oneself at the center of the universe, and each story uniquely traces the results. Some highlight human hope, even optimism [others] treat identity by exploring mutation. [Several] gauge the height of human striving, while others [...] plumb the depths of human prejudice, jealousy and fear [and some] will break your heart. --Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) My favorite anthology of all time--packed with masterworks. --Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble Hopeful rather than despairing [...] relevant to the uncertain times in which we live [the stories] display a full understanding of the worries and real problems that might eventually threaten civilization as we know it. --Jeff VanderMeer, Realms of Fantasy A first-rate anthology that quite convincingly represents the more recent SFnal view of the apocalypse. --Locus I can't help but give this collection the highest recommendation. I think this will be a cornerstone for most reader's shelves. --SFF World Editor Adams provides a bit of everything that is best about the trope, from bleak, empty worlds to beacons of hope in an otherwise awful situation. [...] A well-chosen selection of well-crafted stories, offering something to please nearly every post-apocalyptic palate. --Booklist A classic [...] perfect for those moments when we want to take a trip to the end of the world. --PC Gamer Few books have had the impact on me that Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse did. [...] A great collection that gets my highest recommendation. --Bookgasm Wastelands is an exceptional anthology. In scope and vision it can only be compared to Harlan Ellison's Dangerous Visions. [...] I highly recommend this anthology for anyone who enjoys reading anything. [...] Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse is the best anthology of any kind I have read to date. --Grasping for the Wind Wastelands is a fine anthology: an educational introduction to the subgenre and a well-chosen jog of the memory for the more experienced connoisseur of calamity. --SF Site A wide-variety of post-apocalyptic scenarios from some of the field's most prolific authors [...] a must-have volume for fans of the this subgenre of science fiction. --Stainless Steel Droppings A great selection of end-of-the-world stories. --SF Signal