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This Is the Way the World Ends

(1986)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
Nebula Awards Best Novel (nominee)
When George Paxman, a contented tombstone engraver in a sleepy Massachusetts town, is offered a bargain, he doesn't hesitate long. The deal is that his beloved daughter gets an otherwise unaffordable scopas suit to protect her from radioactive fall-out and all George has to do is sign a document admitting that, as a passive citizen who did nothing to stop it, he has a degree of guilt for any nuclear war that breaks out. George signs on the dotted line. And then the unthinkable happens. The world and everyone in it (scopas suit or no scopas suit) is destroyed in nuclear Armageddon. Except for George and five others who must now face prosecution from the great mass of humanity who will now never be born. And George Paxman stands accused in the name of all the people who stood by and never raised a finger to stop the horror of nuclear war.


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"The only book in the last two years that I've read twice. A remarkable achievement." - Arthur C Clarke


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Hardback Editions

February 1987 : UK Hardback
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Title: This is the Way the World Ends
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-575-03972-8 / 978-0-575-03972-8 (UK edition)
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June 1986 : USA Hardback
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Title: This Is the Way the World Ends
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-03-008037-1 / 978-0-03-008037-1 (USA edition)
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June 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: This Is the Way the World Ends (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-575-08118-X / 978-0-575-08118-5 (UK edition)
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May 2000 : UK Paperback
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Title: This Is The Way The World Ends (Gollancz SF collector's edition)
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-575-07101-X / 978-0-575-07101-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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April 1995 : USA Paperback
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Title: This Is the Way the World Ends
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-15-600208-6 / 978-0-15-600208-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harvest Books
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May 1989 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: This Is the Way the World Ends
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-441-80711-9 / 978-0-441-80711-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ace
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June 1989 : UK Paperback
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Title: This is the Way the World Ends
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-09-963070-2 / 978-0-09-963070-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Legend paperbacks
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1988 : UK Paperback
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Title: This is the Way the World Ends
Author(s): James Morrow
ISBN: 0-09-956750-4 / 978-0-09-956750-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Random House New Zealand Ltd
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August 2013 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: This Is the Way the World Ends
Author(s): James Morrow
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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June 2013 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: This Is the Way the World Ends (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Author(s): James Morrow
Publisher: Gateway
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