The Sword of Forbearance

Author: Paul O. Williams
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803298477
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After more than a millennium of conflict, the warring tribes that survived the apocalyptic destruction of the United States have united to form the Heart River Federation, but three rogue cities, led by Innanigani forces, threaten to unleash another war in their quest for land, power, and wealth, in the epic conclusion of the classic Pelbar series. Reprint.

The Fall of the Shell

Author: Paul O. Williams
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803298484
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Eleven hundred years after the apocalyptic destruction of the United States of America, peace between the remaining warring tribes has finally been achieved. Despite this peace, the Pelbar stronghold Threerivers retains its secretive and reclusive ways, keeping its distance from the other remaining tribes and guarding against change. A strict matriarchy, Threerivers remains the most conservative Pelbar community under the unquestioned and unyielding rule of its leader, Udge. Life in Threerivers continues without change until two young twin brothers, Brudoer and Gamwyn, accidentally initiate events that threaten the established order. The resulting chain of consequences sends Gamwyn on a quest to the far reaches of this postapocalyptic world. Within Threerivers, Brudoer?s imprisonment threatens the long-established matriarchal rule of the Pelbar stronghold. The Fall of the Shell is the fourth book in the classic series of postapocalyptic novels about the people of Pelbar.

The Breaking of Northwall

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Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803298514
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One thousand years after a devastating and chaotic series of nuclear exchanges, all that is left of the United States of America are scattered, warring tribes and small city-states. One of the latter is Pelbar?proud, civilized, and intolerant of change and new ideas. Rebels and troublemakers are sentenced to a year of exile at the massive midwestern fortress of Northwall, defending Pelbar against the fierce Shumai and Sentani tribes. Restless and brilliant Jestak is a visionary who has seen and learned too much in his distant travels to be content with life in Pelbarigan. During his exile at Northwall, he makes contact with Pelbar?s age-old enemies and risks all to rescue his beloved Tia from nomads armed with long-lost weapons from before the atomic holocaust. Jestak?s daring quest for love brings profound changes to his world. ø The Breaking of Northwall is the first in a series of seven classic postapocalyptic novels about the Pelbar people. Williams?s fascinating and uniquely optimistic vision of an America long after a nuclear war has enthralled readers for decades.

The Ends of the Circle

Author: Paul O. Williams
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803298491
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One thousand years after ?the time of fire,? a gentle craftsman and flute player forsakes both his true love and birthright to seek the fabled Shining Sea. Stel, born of proud but rigid Pelbar culture, embarks on an epic quest across an America dramatically changed by a long-ago nuclear war. Following him is his beloved wife, Ahroe, equally determined to find Stel, avoid disgrace, and share her own precious secret.øThe Ends of the Circle is the second novel in the highly praised Pelbar Cycle, a classic series of postapocalyptic novels about the people of the Pelbar. Imaginative and reflective, this rousing tale introduces Stel?engineer and poet, adventurer and musician?one of the most memorable characters in modern postapocalyptic fiction.

The Dome in the Forest

Author: Paul O. Williams
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803298507
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More than one thousand years in the future, the conservative borders of Pelbar society continue to crumble as the people of Pelbar conduct trade, form friendships, and intermarry with members of the tribes now settled peacefully around the citadel of Northwall. Not all agree with the changes, however, and long instead for the old times of conflict and rigid order. Igniting the tension is the discovery of a mysterious subterranean shelter, where the descendants of survivors of the long-ago nuclear war live. A young woman from the shelter and the shocking revelations she brings precipitate a crisis that will profoundly affect the futures of plainsmen and citadelfolk alike.øThe Dome in the Forest is the third volume and one of the most exciting tales in the Pelbar Cycle, a classic series of seven postapocalyptic novels about the people of Pelbar.

An Ambush of Shadows

Author: Paul O. Williams
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803298521
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An Ambush of Shadows is the fifth book in the classic series of postapocalyptic novels about the people of Pelbar. Despite the tentative peace established in the eleven hundred years since the destruction of the United States, the Tantal tribe remains ready for battle. After their disastrous defeat by the Pelbar tribes at Northwall, the slaveholding Tantal have kept their distance. But since the Pelbar forces began moving northward to colonize the shores of the Bitter Sea, the Tantal forces have been on the attack. Then one day, a roving tribe of Tantal warriors kidnaps a young girl during a raid on Pelbar explorers. The child is Raydi, daughter of Stel Westrun, Pelbar master craftsman, reinventor of the steamboat, and son of the leader of the Pelbar city-state Pelbarigan. Stel vows to reclaim his daughter and seek revenge, becoming the single-minded foe of all things Tantal.

The Song of the Axe

Author: Paul O. Williams
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803298460
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On a last run, Tor teaches his nephew, Tristal, the Shumai axeman ways, but Tristal must survive deadly encounters, endure a seductive captivity, and suffer enslavement before he masters the axeman's skill. Reprint.

By the Waters of Babylon

Author: Stephen Vincent Benet
Publisher: CreateSpace
ISBN: 9781517031244
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The north and the west and the south are good hunting ground, but it is forbidden to go east. It is forbidden to go to any of the Dead Places except to search for metal and then he who touches the metal must be a priest or the son of a priest. Afterwards, both the man and the metal must be purified. These are the rules and the laws; they are well made. It is forbidden to cross the great river and look upon the place that was the Place of the Gods-this is most strictly forbidden. We do not even say its name though we know its name. It is there that spirits live, and demons-it is there that there are the ashes of the Great Burning. These things are forbidden- they have been forbidden since the beginning of time.

Beyond Armageddon

Author: Walter M. Miller
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 9780803283152
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Twenty-one short stories explore the nature of life in the aftermath of a nuclear war, in an anthology that features works by such distinguished science fiction authors as Arthur C. Clarke, Poul Anderson, Ray Bradbury, J. G. Ballard, Robert Sheckley, Roger Zelazny, and Harlan Ellison. Reprint.