Posts Tagged: Apocalypse

Word of the Day: Eschaton

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(n.); the last thing, as a theological reference to the climax of history at Judgment Day; the day at the end of time following Armageddon when God will decree the fates of all human beings; from the ancient Greek eskhatos (“end”)

“My mind moves toward apocalypse fictions the way we think about a forgotten friend, or a partner that’s left us—grief becomes its own comfort.”

–Adnan Khan, “Finding a Home in the Apocalypse”

The past decade has seen a fantastic resurgence of the apocalypse—thankfully, only of the fictional variety.

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An Anti-anti-science Novel

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“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.

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Staging A Beautiful Apocalypse

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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.

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The Plans to Rebuild Civilization are Set in Stone and Waiting in Georgia

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ff_guidestones_fEconopocalypse. 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?

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