If Cubs Win World Series, It Will be the “Last Pennant Before Armageddon”

#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

Vacuum Decay in a Nutshell

#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 […]

New Fiction: “Bang-Whimper” by Jeff VanderMeer

 #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, […]

The Second Coming of “The Second Coming”

 #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, […]

Prepper

Are You Ready for Prepper Fiction?

There are many differences between postapocalyptic literature and prepper fiction, including a propensity for obsessive list-making and unsettling paranoia.

A Sense of Reckoning in Chinese Apocalyptic Fiction

#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 […]

Break the Cross

Break the Cross: The Islamic State’s Eschatology

#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 […]