Thursday, February 14, 2013

Hot Mess

Speculative Fiction about Climate Change
edited by Rachel Lynn Brody 2012

This is a collection of six short stories. The last two stand out as being truly superb stories, the others are less memorable.

She Says Goodbye Tomorrow, is a piece of dry realism. Decades from now a family is losing their vineyard due to changing weather conditions. Haute Mess is a fancy short piece about an item of clothing. In Between the Dark and the Light is a fairly traditional science fiction story. It reminded me of Yevgeny Zamyatin. Actually I don't think it really has anything to do with climate change at all. After this comes Traditionibus Ne Copulate which is a truly bizarre story set after the demise of the humans, when mice have taken over as the dominant species. 

Next up is Mom.Mom.Mom.Mom.Mom. I particularly enjoyed this one. It's a little bit like the really good chapter in A Visit From The Goon Squad. The future has a lot of fancy communications and computers, but there's some real problems getting plants to grow. The World Gets Smaller And Things Get Left Behind is set at a time when Venice is underwater. A somewhat philosophical tourist goes diving to see some Botero statues.

Definitely worth a look.

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