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Sunday, March 20, 2011

review: terminal earth edited by Neil Thomas & Michael Stewart

Terminal Earth
Terminal Earth is a brilliant and imaginative collection of twenty-two stories that took me from an abandoned Cleveland to space then back to an Oregon worm farm.

personally, some stories are touching:
  • Desmond Warzel's Fields - the Cleveland Indians wins the World Series in the last baseball game ever played
  • Frank Roger's As The Sun Sets - a couple holds on to the sun's waning light before the world is plunged into eternal darkness
  • Alexander Zelenyj's The Fire That We Deserve - two siblings face the end of days with nostalgia and horror
  • John Atkinson's Homecoming - a son searches for his parents across the galaxy to save them from a dying Earth
some ironically offer humor: 
  • Andrew Hook's Jump - one life may well save the world from doom if only she would be convinced to do one simple act
  • Neil Coghlan's Outstanding Matters - residents of Cherry Tree View keep a semblance of normalcy amidst the chaos of destruction and death
  • Jamie McNabb's Pa's Worm Farm and the Greenie Scouts - a family's possessions, their farm and everything on it is threatened by bureaucracy
some are bizarre: 
  • Jamie Marriage's End of Dave - dark beings hold power over humanity's fate
  • Nancy Schmidt-Chenier's Fragment - a female survivor engages in a sensual tryst with dire consequences
and others are just too frightening to contemplate:
  • David Turnbull's Tattoo - a dystopic scenario that - pardon the pun - paints the message: nano technology and ink do NOT mix
  • Donna Burgess' The Light At The End - being neighborly can be a tough choice in a race for survival
  • Amanda Taylor's The Gloss of Midnight - a serial killer is on the loose aboard a space ship 
the bottom line is how the human race or what's left of it deals with Earth's demise.
these and the other outstanding stories in the Preditors & Editors Reader's Poll choice for 2010 Best Anthology combine drama, science, dark fantasy, romance, horror and hope. yes, hope!
i believe the message this anthology is telling me is that there is still hope despite the clock ticking and speeding towards a possible apocalyptic scenario.
if we set aside our arrogance and truly learn from history's lessons then we may be able to avert a global disaster. if not then sadly, our world will end not with a whimper or a bang but with man's folly. 

*Terminal Earth is published by Pound Lit Press and is available in paperback at Amazon US; ebook editions at Amazon UK and Amazon US and in multiple formats at Smashwords

my personal rating is:  

Disclosure of Material Connection: i received a complimentary eARC of Terminal Earth. i did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was i obligated to write a positive one. all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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