Guess what! Yesterday, an anthology in which I am published went live on Amazon. In time for Christmas! 😀 Whilst the print copy won’t be available until January, the ebook version about the failed end of the world is out now. (This is the point where the voices in my head yell “now!” and do crazy dances. As for real life, I’ve only told one person yet.) Originally an idea by Misha Burnett, the Fauxpocalypse collection brings together authors from around the whole world with the same theme of life after a proposed death. Look!
Fauxpocalypse: A collection of short fiction about the end of the world that wasn’t. Collected by Dave Higgins. Buy here!
Life on Earth is predicted to end on 15 July 2015. But the oncoming megatons of rock and ice break up shortly before impact. Now humanity must live in a world most believed would not exist. Across the planet, people are haunted by the future they did not fear, and even those who did not embrace death must face the consequences of others’ decisions.
A collection of twelve stories about rebuilding hope.
In case you’re curious, here’s an extract from my own story, Revelation:
A man crawled out in front of me.
“Spare change? Buy a Big Issue from me, madam?”
Life went on as it normally did. Now we had survived some explosion from the heavens, the poor no longer lounged with the rich. I looked up at the house from which he had been evicted. Typical Oxford house: nice furnishings, expensive, probably a Don’s.
I shook my head at their whitewashed windows. “Here.” I rooted around in my jeans; I had some money left from my last purchase of the chips. I lifted a fiver from my pocket and crumpled it into his grubby hand. “Keep the Big Issue.”
I didn’t normally give alms, but something about this night…maybe it glistened, maybe it was the magic of… I wouldn’t say ‘faith’. Not yet.
“Thanks. Penny for your thoughts?” he asked gruffly as his paws folded away my note.
“It’s nothing,” I replied. Why was I even talking to this man?
“Crisis of the conscience?”
I rubbed my nose. “Existential crisis, more like. We’re still here – now what? Who do we thank – a science that has let us down before? A god who only just rescues his people? Or maybe ourselves for being a human race to tolerate its own mistakes?”
The other contributors have come up with other brilliant stories and the collection is so diverse. See their blogs for snippets and hints: