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Poll Results: SurvivalBlog Reader's Favorite Survivalist Fiction


Here are the results of our recent poll. Thety are listed in no particular order, but each book listed below received at least two votes. Those that are marked with an asterisk are suitable for teenagers.

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank*
Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
One Second After by William R. Forstchen (An EMP scenario.)
Earth Abides by George Stewart*
Dies the Fire series by S.M. Stirling
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shafer and Annie Barrows 
The Survivalist series (Most recommended just the first 10 books) by Jerry Ahern
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Lights Out by David Crawford (a.k.a. HalfFast, (Post-EMP attack shareware serialized e-book, hosted by Frugal Squirrel's)
The Rackham Files by Dean Ing (includes the the novel previously published as "Pulling Through")
Molon Labe! by Boston T. Party
Last of the Breed by Louis L’amour
The Postman (Bantam Classics) by David Brin
Wolf And Ironby Gordon Dickson
World Made by Handby James Howard Kunstler
Farnham's Freeholdby Robert Heinlein*
Out of the Ashes (Ashes Series #1) by William Johnstone
On the Beach by Nevil Shute
The Stand by Stephen King
Unintended Consequences by John Ross (Warning: Graphic violence and sexually explicit)
Enemies Foreign and Domestic by Matthew Bracken
Things Fall Apart by Fred Heiser (Also available as a PDF e-book.)
The Rift by Walter J. Williams
Malevil by Robert Merle
Swan Song by Robert McCammon
Tomorrow! by Philip Wylie
Deep Winter and Shatter by Thomas C. Sherry
Warday: And the Journey Onward by Whitley Strieber and James Kunetka
Enemies Foreign and Domestic series by Matt Bracken
Tunnel in the Sky by Robert Heinlein*
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller
Solar Flare by Larry Burkett
The New Madrid Run by Michael Reisig
The Collapse by Jeff Stanfield
Down to a Sunless Sea by David Graham
The Folk of the Fringe by Orson Scott Card
The Restoration Series by Terri Blackstock
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein*
Eternity Road by Jack McDevitt
The Last Canadian by William C. Heine
Survivors by Terry Nation
Conquistador: A Novel of Alternate History by S.M. Stirling
ED Day-Dead Sydney by Darryl Mason (Post flu pandemic shareware serialized e-book.)
Fallen Angels by Niven and Pournelle
King Rat by James Clavell
The Guardians Series by Richard Austin
There Falls No Shadow by David Crossley
Long Voyage Back by Luke Rhinehart (George Cockcroft)
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Frontiersmen by Allan Eckert
Vandenberg by Oliver Lange (Note: It was later republished under the title: "Defiance: An American Novel")
There Will Be Dragons by John Ringo
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Not This August by C.M. Kornbluth
After War by Janet Morris
Neither Predator Nor Prey by Mark Spungin
After the Bomb: Week One by Gloria Miklowitz
Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle 
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
A Secret History of Time to Come Robie MacAuley
Some Will Not Die by Algis Budrys (Plague scenario)
1632 (The Assiti Shards) by Eric Flint
Cold Creek Cash Store by Russell Hill
Patriots by James Wesley, Rawles

Thanks for all your input. As I recently mentioned in an interview on the Laura Ingraham show, one of the best ways to inspire preparedness newbies is to put a piece of survival fiction in their hands. It gets them thinking through some potential "what if" situations.

3 Comments in Response to

Comment by Liam Fisher
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I am writing a survival story over on my blog at link text

Comment by Ed Price
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The person who is serious about basic survival will absolutely have the Foxfire Book collection. Amazon has it, or search the Internet, or look here:

It wouldn't hurt looking at all of the back issues of Mother Earth News.

Comment by David Jackson
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      Fiction? You bet! It's ALL fiction!

      Most people wouldn't know a "survival scenario" if it bet them.

      As for a bunch of newbies formulating anythng of consequence or of fuctional real world value, it isn't going to happen; no  matter how many "fictions" they are exposed to. Most of the problem is that most people don't have a clue as to what or why they might need to make a plan or consider survivable alternatives.

     There is little to nothing in most fiction that might give an uninitiated person a head start on formulating even the most elementary of survivl options.

      Delusions and misinformation aren't the best of foundations from which to mount a set of personal safety and security alternatives. Fairy tales - fictions - don't offer a very promising basis for developing technical and tactical survival plans.

      The last thing a serius person needs is to be influenced by the imagination of some fiction hack. Survival is senior lifesaving and, literally, a matter of life and death! 

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