Brian W. Aldiss
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Unlike many post apocalyptic tales, this one is told from the perspective of one man and in one chapter his wife. Together they face the end of humanity and this balanced perspective is different than the many similar books in this genre. The other characters in the book are also well written and interesting.

There are just 6 long chapters here, each one tale in the life. Two of them are flash backs, and it is only here that we pick up the details of the disaster that led to this situation. Really enjoyed this style, and the tale kept coming back to me.

I found myself thinking often of Earth Abides (read in 2012), primarily because of the aging narrator, though the outcome is similar also. Greybeard was included on a 100 best Science Fiction list and has been released as part of the SF Masterworks series. Recommended.