Dispersed by the Sun, Melting in the Wind • 2007 • Post Apocalyptic short story by Rachel Swirsky

★★+

Summary: An asteroid ended human civilization, together with atomar fallouts and biological epidemia. This is the story of many lasts – the two last humans, one Aborigines girl and a man in Tibet, but also the last artist, the last music, the last scientific discovery.

Review: 53 repetitions of “last” in a story with only a couple of pages – this is as repetitive as the morale hints. If you were drawn into the story by the New Waveish title and expected poetic narration, you will be disappointed. The story has its strong pictures and gives room for reflection about last actions and measures for selfishness. But it has no open ending and I didn’t like the staccato of changing POVs. Except for that, it is a very readable doomsday story.

Meta: isfdb. Published Summer 2007 in Subterranean Magazine. Read in The Best of Subterranean. Available online.

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