By Will McIntosh
From a Hugo-award winning science fiction author comes this moving, compelling and unnervingly realistic dystopian novel about a world falling apart at the seams.
We've always imagined the world coming to an end in spectacular, explosive fashion. But what if - instead - humanity is just destined to slowly crumble?
For Jasper and his nomadic tribe, their former life as middle-class Americans seems like a distant memory. Their world took a turn for the worse - and then never got better. Resources are running out, jobs keep getting scarcer, and the fabric of society is slowly disintegrating . . . .
But in the midst of this all, Jasper's just a guy trying to make ends meet, find a nice girl who won't screw him around, and keep his group safe on the violent streets.
Soft Apocalypse follows the tribe's struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in the dangerous new place their world has become.
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- ISBN: 9781405522656
- Publication date: 06 Dec 2012
- Page count: 368
Will McIntosh is a Hugo award winner and Nebula finalist whose short stories have appeared in Asimov's (where he won the 2010 Reader's Award for short story), Strange Horizons and Interzone, among others. He worked as a psychology professor in the Southeastern US, but now writes full time. He lives with his wife and their 3 year-old twins, in Williamsburg, Virginia.
A first novel that's compelling, credible, and relentless, whose best and most disturbing moments will stay with the reader for a long time — Locus
Very affecting. Though it may be soft, this apocalypse has plenty of sharp edges — Publishers Weekly
Bottom line: If Soft Apocalypse isn't nominated for a Hugo or Nebula Award, I will eat the entire book page by page . . . — Paul Goat Allen
McIntosh's first novel is a grim glimpse into a future that is not all that improbable . . . This is the sort of thoughtful sociological SF we see too seldom today . . . Well worth a read — Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine