Anthology: 22 short stories
Edited by John Joseph Adams
How will the world finally come to an end? Will it be because of some crazed dictator (who’s probably pretty short) that decides to push that infamous button of nuclear destruction? Or will it be because of some greedy mega-corporation that designs a drug that “accidentally” turns people into zombies (Resident Evil has been warning us for a very long time)? The possibilities are truly endless, and because of that, Michael Bay will probably never run out of material for his next god-awful movie.
Yet what happens after the radioactive dust settles? What happens after the zombies take over the planet? Does anyone survive? And if so, what does one do after the world officially ends?
Since the time of Mary Shelly –the founder of post-apocalyptic fiction–writers have been using their (possibly demented) imaginations to discuss the multitude of scenarios that humanity would possibly face after the mushroom clouds dissipate. Night Shade Books (a wonderful purveyor of all things zombified and horrific), assembled 22 of those writers and published their thoughts on post-apocalyptic life. Each story focuses not on how the world ended, but instead, focuses on what daily life is like for the survivors. Each one is vastly different from the other, and most of them are remarkably haunting. Some are a bit too much to handle (like Paolo Bacigalupi’s story on how humanity eventually mutates into grotesque insects), but most are deeply engrossing, and well worth a read. To discuss each story (and their unique plots) would probably overwhelm WordPress, but one of my personal favorites is “When Sysadmins Ruled The Earth” by Cory Doctorow. In his short story, sysadmins–the people that basically run the Internet–around the world hold up in their respective network operation center while a series of natural (and possibly manmade) disasters end civilization. Being that the Internet was designed to survive even a nuclear war, the admins are faced with a dire dilemma: with civilization and society gone, what do they do with the Internet?
This anthology is an amazing read and well worth picking up. Besides, it might be nice to have when the Road Warrior comes knocking at your door.
DMZ Issue #2: Body of a Journalist
Matty Roth is back, and it’s up to him to stop an invasion of Manhattan. The plot in this issue is very intricate, and it has a few twists and turns, but it is overall pretty satisfying. The artwork is just as gritty, and once again really captures the horrors of war.
This issue shows just how troubled Matty is. He is constantly trying to come to terms with what he witnesses on a daily basis; the dismembered bodies, the horrible destruction, and the constant threat of being killed at any moment are starting to really takes its toll on the young journalist. It will be interesting to see how is coverage and his overall demeanor changes in the next few issues.
While the first issue focused on life in the DMZ, this issue focuses on unveiling the complicated conspiracy between Liberty Press (the news network that Matty works for) and the U.S. government. I wont delve too much into the plot, but it gets a bit heavy. It’s not as addictive as the first issue (mainly because it was just so original), but it is still very entertaining. Issue #2 also includes a short origin story on Zee (which is nicely done), and also a “guide book” on life in the DMZ (which despite being rather short, it adds some much needed life and flavor to the neighborhood that Matty calls home). Overall, this issue wasn’t as good as the first, but it still incredibly awesome.
Let’s face it, the vampire is no longer feared. What once was an evil, blood-sucking demon from hell, has deteriorated into a brooding, sensitive pretty-boy who pines for romance and has renounced drinking the blood of humans. Dracula would be ashamed to call himself a vampire in today’s Twilight age.
Fortunately for the pale Transylvanian, the graphic novel American Vampire not only restores a bit of much-needed attitude and maliciousness to the vampire breed, but also adds a refreshing twist.
Written by Scott Snyder and Stephen King, and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, the plot of American Vampire follows the 19th century outlaw Skinner Sweet, and aspiring 1920’s actress Pearl Jones. Sweet is a ruthless, evil man, who rides with his posse across the American West robbing and killing whomever he wishes. Sweet eventually has a run-in with a group of Pinkertons, and during the ensuing struggle, is transformed into a vampire.
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Mankind has been fascinated with exploring outer space for decades and also with the idea of one day, actually living on another planet.
Countless books, movies, TV shows, and games have been created to explore what life would be like for humanity in space. Oftentimes humanity is depicted as colonizing planets, meeting intelligent aliens, and discovering the secrets of the Universe – all from the comfort of advanced spaceships with sparkling white exteriors. Civilization and peace spread throughout the Universe, everyone dons a spandex uniform, and humanity is elevated to an even higher level of technological and intellectual understanding. Basically, mix a London Gentlemen’s club with lasers and green women, and you have a popular version of humanity’s potential future in space.
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