Wastelands The New Apocalypse edited by John Joseph Adams, part 2
Not This War, Not This World
This acts as a sequel to 'Night Of The Living Dead'. Though there is a mention of GPS so it can't be 1968. What is a toe nailed nail? This explains the origin of the zombies. There is babble about a cold war weapon. It also reveals the zombies are aware. Zombies are an unwanted nuisance and there are in depth descriptions of guns as a sniper does not react well to the zombie apocalypse. The zombies are uncomfortably invasive. This is an okay tale of an isolated man under relentless pressure. While not terrifying – it is immediately urgent.
“Completely and irrevocably aware.”
“Spread by the people who were trying to outrun it.”
“Cold, cold soil.”
“Self-sustaining war of attrition.”
“Other moans. Many many more.”
Where Would You Be Now
By Carrie Vaughn. After a vague apocalypse, a group of people have no food and the inevitable motorcycle gang shows up. How is there eye makeup in the apocalypse? This was okay.
“Whatever might hurt them.”
“A way that didn't suggest friendship.”
The Elephant's Crematorium
Too miserable and it defies logic.
The Future Is Blue
I've read this before. In a flooded future a girl is hated for saving her people. Instead of being given thanks – she is belittled, mocked and degraded. She is forlorn. This was sad but very good.
“Some people are just born to be despised.”
“All my dreams were burning.”
Bones Of Gossamer
As Good As New
This tale of an apocalypse and a genie has some credibility trouble but it is enjoyable.
“Seemed to enjoy complaining about it.”
One Day Only
In a post-plague apocalypse, a woman decides to do a stand up comedy act. This was good.
“Treacherous act of mercy.”
“Why did that simple caring repel her so much?”
Black, Their Regalia
Craving respite from a plague, a band do a ritual which turns out to be their artistic destiny leading to a spectacular twist of fate. This was good.
“When you scream in dark places, I listen, and I relish what I hear.”