“It is a comfort to know how swiftly and thoroughly a civilization can crumble when nobody wants it anymore,” Rowan says early in his story…that observation is more than just a wry criticism of our current defunding of space exploration. It’s an indictment of the entire anti-scientific mindset that’s become increasingly, alarmingly prevalent in too many pockets of American society today.
Posts Tagged: Apocalypse
(adj.); dangerous or full of peril; from the latin periculum (“an attempt, risk”)
I’m normal. I live in a nice apartment. I think one thing [guys like Burroughs] didn’t have that I have is the Internet. The Internet is the biggest conduit of psychic violence since television.
Artist Rob Kimmel brings us a message for the Mayan new year:...more
Beautiful language builds the captivating apocalyptic world in Vanessa Veselka’s debut Zazen, the first title from new publisher Red Lemonade....more
In a skillfully crafted post-apocalyptic world, Darcy, our young hero, searches for her missing mother in Anna North’s debut novel America Pacifica....more
Bill Callahan’s Apocalypse is a sparse album of epic proportions, a celebration of American music, specifically what he describes as “that rich period in the ’70s when all the styles were converging in a loving way.”...more
The Hollywood dreams of this novel’s heroine are much like the tenets of her fundamentalist upbringing: first sacrifice, then redemption, then apocalyptic paradise....more
Today is the birthday of one of my very favorite living writers, Samuel R. Delany.
(I spoke once here before about how I share with Junot Diaz an abiding love for Delany’s work.)
All it took for him to become my favorite was to read his legendary, mind-boggling and notorious sci-fi apocalyptic epic Dhalgren a few years back when I was living in an old Edwardian in the Sunset District of San Francisco and working for lawyers in the Lake Merritt District of Oakland....more
There is no place on earth like Los Angeles.
But everyone knows this.
Yet perhaps there is not a single place on earth where the end of the world will seem like just another fly-by-night off-off-Hollywood movie, screened in the dank interiors of an after-hours death rock club....more
Now that it’s finally Sunday, it’s time to read a new book. Perhaps you’ve noticed how Sunday parks and bars are full of blissed-out readers and lovers of the written word? Please take a hint....more
“Earth 2100 … is more dismaying than Man in Space, the way a cancer diagnosis is more dismaying than a clean bill of health. What it tells us is that our civilization is teetering on the brink of unsustainability and collapse. Earth 2100 presents a scenario that ends with major cities flooded or deserted and a global population decimated by starvation and disease....more
Econopocalypse. Swine flu. Arlen Specter becoming a Democrat. Ladies and gentlemen, it is only a matter of time before every 12 out of 13 of us are dead … and those who are left will be cold, hungry, and alone. Imagine sitting around a meager fire in the middle of a wasteland wondering “what now?” Some of us find the task of getting out of bed in the morning to be overwhelming, how will we pick ourselves’ up from the ashes of human destruction and help rebuild a better civilization than the one we just laid to rest?...more