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Stories 152-162

All of these come from the long-finished-reading anthology Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse, edited by John Joseph Adams.

152: The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi.  How far will we alter ourselves in order to survive in an environmentally destroyed Earth?  And what happens when we find an animal that has survived unaltered against all odds?

153: Bread and Bombs by M. Rickert.  It's about how children respond to the predjudices of the adults around them.  It's loosely based on the national mindset after 9/11, and it doesn't end the way I thought it would.

154: How We Got In Town and Out Again by Jonathan Lethem.  People who are "townless" will do almost anything to get into a town even for a short while.  Hooking up with a traveling gameshow seemed like a good idea, but will it tear a friendship apart in the effort to stay?

155: Dark, Dark Were The Tunnels by George RR Martin.  Classic tale from Martin.  How would survivors of a nuclear war change after centuries of living underground?  And how would humans trapped on a lunar colony change as well?

156: Waiting for the Zephyr by Tobias S. Bucknell.  How you gonna keep them down on the farm ... especially when caravans come by that visit the distant and closed off cities?

157: Never Despair by Jack McDevitt.  Every society has myths of a "perfect land."  In the future, seekers after that mythical place come across ruins that include a very familiar holographic figure out of history.

158: When SysAdmins Ruled the Earth by Cory Doctorow.  It only makes sense that in an attack on all aspects of society, the System Administrators for the internet would rally to keep the thing alive and working.

159: Still Life with Apocalypse by Richard Kadrey.  Very very short story about the people left behind after the collapse and what they do to keep things running.  Disturbing images of horses being dragged from chemical pools

160: Artie's Angels by Catherine Wells.  Perhaps Arthur will return not in England but Kansas, and perhaps he'll come back as a bike-riding teenager.  It could happen.

161: Judgement Passed by Jerry Oltion.  What if The Rapture happened while you were off-planet?  Would you want to try to get God's attention and let him know he forgot someone?  Or would you assume he already knew?

162: Mute by Gene Wolfe. We all get frustrated when we can't express ourselves properly ... so imagine what it'd be like if no one could communicate thanks to a plague.   I put the wrong synopsis here when I wrote this.  Probably because I really truly blanked on this story.  Despite Neil Gaiman's highest recommendation (and we all know how much I respect Neil), I just didn't get this story of two kids dropped off by a bus in front of what may or may not be the house they lived in, where there may or may not be the ghost of their father hinting at what they should do.  And they may or may not visit a cemetary which leads them back to the house, where ... well.  Yeah.  I just didn't get it.


( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 2nd, 2008 04:20 am (UTC)
did my last post
goad you into getting up to speed in posting? lol
Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Re: did my last post
Well, partway there at least! I have the other half of that anthology to go, and then 11 stories from another anthology I finished during my last road trip.

See, I've been reading ... just not posting! *grin*
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