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Deathlands

Seedling

Written By:James Axler - 1991

  • Seedling - James Axler cover

Synopsis

Raw determination in a stillborn land...

IN THE RAVAGED WORLD OF DEATHLANDS, YOU HAVE FEW FRIENDS. AND MANY ENEMIES.

America's post-holocaust nightmare continues as Ryan Cawdor returns to the monstrous urban slum that was once New York City... and discovers a piece of the future...

As the roaming band of survivors seek desperately to escape the eerie wastes and mutated life-forms of their nuclear hell, they emerge from a gateway back into the ruins of Manhatten—the concrete battlefield where Ryan had avenged the death of his father and older brother.

The city is a flooded hellzone ruled by street gangs and hordes of reptilian mutants who inhabit the sewers. Under this urban ruin lives the self-styled King of the Underground, presiding over his subterranean fortress filled with prenuke memorabilia. And here, in this once great metropolis, lives a ten-year-old boy. He is Ryan Cawdor's son...

The children shall inherit the Earth.

Excerpt

The dying woman had been knifed by one of the scalie guards as she'd tried to escape

"Should I end it for her?" Ryan asked, hand on his panga.

At the sound of his voice, the woman's eyes opened. For several long heartbeats she gazed blindly into space. Then she moved her head and her eyes locked on Ryan's face. "You," she finally whispered.

Her hand spidered up her chest to her throat and gripped a square metal pendant. "Take," she commanded, her eyes burning into Ryan's good one. "Open. Rona said to find you. Died long back. Quest. Look after." Her breathing was becoming faster and more shallow.

Slowly Ryan opened the locket and found that it contained two things—a tiny ringlet of blond hair and a picture, a faded, pale brown portrait.

"Who is it?" he asked, even though he knew what the answer was going to be.

"Your son, Ryan Cawdor. It's your son."

Catastrophe:

war

Type:

fantastical
Other Titles in the Deathlands list

0     Encounter

1     Pilgrimage to Hell

2     Red Holocaust

3     Neutron Solstice

4     Crater Lake

5     Homeward Bound

6     Pony Soldiers

7     Dectra Chain

8     Ice and Fire

9     Red Equinox

10     Northstar Rising

11     Time Nomads

12     Latitude Zero

13     Seedling

14     Dark Carnival

15     Chill Factor

16     Moon Fate

17     Fury's Pilgrims

18     Shockscape

19     Deep Empire

20     Cold Asylum

21     Twilight Children

22     Rider, Reaper

23     Road Wars

24     Trader Redux

25     Genesis Echo

26     Shadowfall

27     Ground Zero

28     Emerald Fire

29     Bloodlines

30     Crossways

31     Keepers of the Sun

32     Circle Thrice

33     Eclipse at Noon

34     Stoneface

35     Bitter Fruit

36     Skydark

37     Demons of Eden

38     Mars Arena, The

39     Watersleep

40     Nightmare Passage

41     Freedom Lost

42     Way of the Wolf

43     Dark Emblem

44     Crucible of Time

45     Starfall

46     Gemini Rising

47     Gaia's Demise

48     Dark Reckoning

49     Shadow World

50     Pandora's Redoubt

51     Rat King

52     Zero City

53     Savage Armada

54     Judas Strike

55     Shadow Fortress

56     Sunchild

57     Breakthrough

58     Salvation Road

59     Amazon Gate

60     Destiny's Truth

61     Skydark Spawn

62     Damnation Road Show

63     Devil Riders

64     Bloodfire

65     Hellbenders

66     Separation

67     Death Hunt

68     Shaking Earth

69     Black Harvest

70     Vengeance Trail

71     Ritual Chill

72     Atlantis Reprise

73     Labyrinth

74     Strontium Swamp

75     Shatter Zone

76     Perdition Valley

77     Cannibal Moon

78     Sky Raider

79     Remember Tomorrow

80     Sunspot

81     Desert Kings

82     Apocalypse Unborn

83     Thunder Road

84     Plague Lords

85     Dark Resurrection

86     Eden's Twilight

87     Desolation Crossing

88     Alpha Wave

89     Time Castaways

90     Prophecy

91     Blood Harvest

92     Arcadian's Asylum

93     Baptism of Rage

94     Doom Helix

95     Moonfeast

96     Downrigger Drift

97     Playfair's Axiom

98     Tainted Cascade

99     Perception Fault

100     Prodigal's Return

101     Lost Gates

102     Haven's Blight

103     Hell Road Warriors