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Sam Wilson

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The Ends of the World are Nigh

The good people at the Pornokitsch website (low down and dirty, but not in that sort of way, at least not while on the clock) are editing a collection of apocalyptic fiction, and I’m one of the lucky writers who put in a story.

The collection is inspired by the works of John Martin (1789-1854) A british painter of wildly dramatic apocalyptic scenes that were popular with the masses but largely dismissed by critics. Or, as the Pornokitsch people put it, “our type of guy”.

The book features works by fellow South Africans Lauren Beukes, S.L. Grey (The chimera of Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg) and Charlie Human.

It’ll be on sale in October.

My story is about a postmodern apocalypse:

One of the placards read “MATHEMATICS IS RACIST”. Another read “WHATEVER”. A third read “TINRBTOWMFO”. Dr. Chandrasekhar pointed at it.
“What’s that? Is that self-parody?”
Shelly Bream looked up to see which sign was irritating him this time.
“I asked them about it,” she said. “It means ‘There Is No Reality But The One We Make For Ourselves’.”
“Well, how is anyone else meant to work that out? Did you ask them that?”
“Um. I did. They don’t care. That’s sort of the point.”

 

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