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Vacuum Decay in a Nutshell

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#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 […]

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New Fiction: “Bang-Whimper” by Jeff VanderMeer

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 #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, […]

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The Second Coming of “The Second Coming”

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 #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, […]

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Are You Ready for Prepper Fiction?

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#prepper #ephemera   At Slate, Rebecca Onion offers a few observations about an up-and-coming genre that shares characteristics with post-apocalyptic literature: prepper fiction. The genre mostly focuses on characters who’ve spent time and resources stockpiling and training for the day civilization goes ass-over-teakettle. She notes a handful of differences, including a propensity for list-making in prepper […]

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Break the Cross: The Islamic State’s Eschatology

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#islam #ephemera   The New York Times recently published an opinion article called “The Problem with the Islamic Apocalypse.” While the headline smells faintly of clickbait, the article offers more than a whiff of interesting analysis. The author, Mustafa Akyol, strings together the links between modern warfare in Syria and elsewhere, clashes between Islam and […]