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The Last Man Anthology
     

The Last Man Anthology

by Hunter Liguore
 
The Last Man Anthology takes inspiration from Mary Shelley's novel, The Last Man, and showcases short stories and poems that build on the theme of finality-of being last. From experiencing the last snowmelt to taking part of the last day on Earth,The Last Man Anthology propels catastrophic literature into the twenty-first century while staying true to Shelley's

Overview

The Last Man Anthology takes inspiration from Mary Shelley's novel, The Last Man, and showcases short stories and poems that build on the theme of finality-of being last. From experiencing the last snowmelt to taking part of the last day on Earth,The Last Man Anthology propels catastrophic literature into the twenty-first century while staying true to Shelley's timeless themes of chaos and isolation.

How would it feel to know you were experiencing your last day on Earth? What would the end of the world look like to the Greek gods, the last bookstore owner, or the last philosopher? The story settings range from the fringes of Outer Space, to the last museum, to New York City the day before September 11, 2001, to Brighton Street with the last teddybear, and many more.

Includes veteran writers Ray Bradbury, C. J. Cherryh, Barry N. Malzberg, along with such classic sci-fi authors as H. G. Wells, Edgar Allen Poe, and Jack London, and an assortment of contemporary writers from four continents. We're also honored to have a third grader make the cut!.

Catastrophic short stories and poems that deal with end of the world scenarios, cataclysms, disasters and other apocalyptic events.

"A hauntingly beautiful collection of tales by new and established authors." www.swordandsagapress.com

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this eclectic and flawed collection, 41 new and reprinted stories and poems explore a sense of disaster and finality. Venerable SF tales such as H.G. Wells's "The Star," Ray Bradbury's "There Will Come Soft Rains" (as well as its namesake poem by Sara Teasdale), and C.J. Cherryh's "Cassandra" keep company with high school English staples like Emily Dickinson's "The Last of Summer," Robert Frost's "Fire & Ice," and Poe's "The Masque of the Red Death." Given that lineup, it's no surprise that most of the newer work falls short. There are some standouts, like Aaron M. Wilson's "The Paperless Doctrine of 2152," Murray Leder's "Under Erasure," and Liz R.F. Coley's "Origins," but the remainder are forgettable, incomprehensible, or uninspiring. Liguore has picked plenty of classics that evoke the right atmosphere, but as a whole the anthology never comes together.
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Dr. Larsen
"The anthology seamlessly interweaves classic tales and fresh new perspectives, page-turning prose and heart-tugging poetry, creating a haunting portrait of an all-too-possible (and not-too-distant) future.

Within these pages we see a Wellsian view of alien invasion through the innocent eyes of a child and are forced to ponder the paradoxes and perils of time travel and panspermia.

Page after page the reader... http://www.swordandsagapress.com/index.php
January Magazine
If you’re looking for a happy little collection of speculative fiction, keep on going: The Last Man Anthology (Sword and Saga Press) is certainly not that. In fact, quite the opposite is true. After all, the subtitle promises “Tales of Catastrophe, Disaster, and Woe.” While that’s a tall order to fill, the collected authors take a stab at it and they don’t do badly, at that. http://januarymagazine.blogspot.com/2010/10/sff-last-man-anthology-edited-by-hunter.htm

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615385051
Publisher:
Sword & Saga Press
Publication date:
11/08/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
268
File size:
628 KB
Age Range:
3 Months

Meet the Author

A Pushcart Prize nominee, Hunter Liguore earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Lesley University. Her stories generally push conventional boundaries of genre and subject matter. Her work has appeared in Bellevue Literary Review, The Writer's Chronicle, Mason Road, The MacGuffin, Strange Horizons, Steampunk Tales, SLAB Literary, Barely South Review, Rio Grande Review, The Aurorean, and more. Her story, "Elder Leah," was performed by the Liar's League, at the Phoenix in London, September 2011. She is the editor-in-chief of the print journal, American Athenaeum and the online oral history project and journal, 1 Bookshelf. For more information, and links to her work, please visit: http://skytalewriter.com/index.php

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