A trio of authors - Andrew Charles Lark, Donald Levin, and Wendy Sura Thomson - produced this dystopian anthology.
Andrew Lark’s “Pollen” is a riveting, multiple point-of-view account of a strange atmospheric phenomenon that destroys humankind’s ability to reproduce, ushering in the extinction of our species.
Donald Levin’s “The Bright and Darkened Lands of the Earth” is a gripping tale set in a desperate, post-apocalyptic future where a heroic woman battles ecological and social collapse in an effort to save her tribe—and humanity—from certain annihilation.
Wendy Sura Thomson’s “Silo Six” is a suspenseful story of love and survival set far into the future, when the sun begins its transformation into a red giant and scorches the earth into a virtually uninhabitable cinder.
Wendy Sura Thomson is a 5-star author of Summon the Tiger, The Third Order, The Man from Burnt Island, and Postcards from the Future (as a contributing author.) She has several more works underway. She lives in Michigan with her beloved Setters and covets sipping coffee outdoors first thing in the morning, rain or shine., listening to the waterfall and the birds and watching [often with amusement] the pups explore.
I found this snippet interesting. It's post-apocalyptic, and it's the musing of a nineteen-year-old who really has known nothing else but dystopia. I found it very hopeful that he is looking to build, not tear down.
Human spirit can be an ember that can kindle, in the right environment.
Postcards From the Future
A lot of the Greek and Roman statues had been knocked over and lay shattered on the floor. I walked back into the Rivera Court and picked up a piece of fresco about the size of a dinner plate. There was a hand holding a wrench painted on it. Maybe my grandmother would say that that hand means that we’ve got work to do, and she would have been right. I went to school and learned how to read and write. I got the basics down in math and algebra, and although calculus was hard, I passed. I enjoyed history and the humanities, but all that’s been wiped away. Christopher Columbus in 1492 doesn’t mean a goddamn thing today. It might as well have never happened because everyone who taught us these things is dead and turned to dust. It’s only us now – the post-Pollens, and what have we got to offer? What’s our contribution? How are we going to change the world? What will we build, and how will we do it? I look around at this old building, with its columns and arches, and vast spaces, with all this art and I don’t know where to begin. I don’t know what to think, and I have to ask myself, How did they do this? Then I looked at my chunk of fresco with the hand holding the wrench, and it dawned on me: There’s a library across the street. There are books in there.”