A while back, like many Sci-Fi readers, I learned about the whole sad puppy/rabid puppy thing and hit my daily quota of bigotry. However, I did find some good things that came out of that awful situation, including that two of the authors that said bigoted group promoted asked to withdraw from consideration, rather than be associated with said slate.
Now, I believe that the moral high road in this case might very well have cost said authors some cash – the Hugo award list was something people mentioned often at the bookstore, and I know it made sales bump when the winners were announced. So it behooved me to purchase something from those authors to hopefully offset the potential negatives they’d have.
One of those authors, Annie Bellet, was on the list for her short story, “Goodnight Stars,” which is included in The End is Now (Apocalypse Triptych Book 2). Now, I’ve been having a craving for apocalypse tales, and I nabbed this collection (as well as the first novel in the Twenty-Sided Sorceress series, because paranormal and gaming nerd!)
Uh. Where was I?
There are so many ways the world can end. There are, of course, zombies – I’m really quite tired of zombies, by the way – but it’s the varied tales in this collection that really gave me pause. There is absolutely something here for everyone.
An Earth where everyone is starting to be born “Sweet.” These people can’t handle acting in a way that harms others – no violence, no ecological impact, nothing – because when they do, their very bodies reject it and they can die. The world begins to implode between horrible victimizers and these perfect victims who can’t even fight back – and yet, can something worse be on the way?
A mold that is slowly eating everything – and everyone. The woman who help design it has already lost her wife (note: yay for diverse Sci-Fi!) and is desperate to keep her daughter alive as the stuff continues to grow and spread.
An impact shatters and destroys the moon – flinging a rain of fragments down on Earth; for a young woman who’s mother was an engineer on the moon-base, this has double the fear – did she make it off in time? Can she make it to somewhere safe herself? Is there such a place any more? (This is the story Annie Bellet wrote – it’s very good).
And, like I said, zombies, wars, economic collapses… This anthology is definitely worth a gander if you’re at all interested in the genre. Sub-genre? Sub-sub-genre? Uh, if you like apocalypses.
Until next week, keep it short…