The Divine Incantations Scripture is one of China’s oldest apocalyptic texts. Daoists believed “epidemic ghosts” would save the world by destroying it.
In most stories, the apocalypse happens to us, to humans generally. That is not the case in the comic-book series Legend.
Painful transitions and the illusion of permanence are at the heart of Black Wave, a formally experimental novel set in a world advancing toward extinction.
#sports ball #ephemera Despite the Cleveland Indians’ 6-0 win over the Cubs last night, we should all be looking to the World Series and a potential Chicago rally with a concern for the future of humanity. The Chicago Cubs haven’t made it to the World Series since 1945, and haven’t won the pennant […]
#vacuum decay #ephemera “What if our universe comes with a self-destruct button to eliminate itself so cleanly and efficiently that every single physical thing would just stop existing and life would be impossible forever?” That self-destruct button is vacuum decay, a theoretical understanding of quantum mechanics that’s So why is it called […]
#fiction #ephemera #garbage “Not to confuse this kingdom, this ocean of garbage, with a garbage-filled ocean—that’s somewhere else. Although more’s the pity there’s not much way to tell the difference.” The garbage-ocean created by the world’s wasteful consumers is the setting of “Bang-Whimper,” a new apocalyptic short story by Jeff VanderMeer. It’s a wacky, […]
In “Things Fall Apart,” Chinua Achebe’s most famous novel, the author casts an apocalyptic light on many of Africa’s most pressing modern issues.
#poetry #data #ephemera In 1919, W.B. Yeats wrote “The Second Coming,” an apocalyptic poem that warns of the collapse of European civilization. “The Second Coming” is his most famous work, and choice bits like “things fall apart” and “slouching toward Bethlehem” have been part of the vernacular for nearly 100 years. Recently, […]
There are many differences between postapocalyptic literature and prepper fiction, including a propensity for obsessive list-making and unsettling paranoia.
#china #ephemera America. The Land of Opportunity. A car in every garage, a chicken in every pot, and a zombie novel in every backpack. We can have it all, including imaginative works of world’s end writing. But across the Pacific, Chinese apocalyptic fiction hardly qualifies as a genre. “The American canon is rich in […]