A trio of authors - Andrew Charles Lark, Donald Levin, and Wendy Sura Thomson - produced this dystopian anthology.
Andrew Lark’s “Pollen” is a riveting, multiple point-of-view account of a strange atmospheric phenomenon that destroys humankind’s ability to reproduce, ushering in the extinction of our species.
Donald Levin’s “The Bright and Darkened Lands of the Earth” is a gripping tale set in a desperate, post-apocalyptic future where a heroic woman battles ecological and social collapse in an effort to save her tribe—and humanity—from certain annihilation.
Wendy Sura Thomson’s “Silo Six” is a suspenseful story of love and survival set far into the future, when the sun begins its transformation into a red giant and scorches the earth into a virtually uninhabitable cinder.
Wendy Sura Thomson is a 5-star author of Summon the Tiger, The Third Order, and Postcards from the Future (as a contributing author.) She has several more works underway. She lives in Michigan with her two beloved Irish Setters and covets sipping coffee outdoors first thing in the morning, rain or shine., listening to the waterfall and the birds and watching [often with amusement] the pups explore.
Mayhem can ensue when throngs of people, panicked, react without rational thinking and engage their emotion-driven survival mode. This scene describes humankind's final attempt at leaving for a distant colony.
Postcards From the Future
“The entire shuttle was unsuccessful, General. There were many more ships and people looking to board the shuttle than there was space. A riot broke out at the silo site as people tried to find the entrance and get in. However, that silo was a decoy. A certain portion – perhaps sixty percent – of High Command went to the actual Silo Six and left the rest behind. By the time the folks at the false entrance got into the silo and realized it was empty, the crew aboard the shuttle in the actual Silo Six had fired up the rockets. However, they were rushed in their departure and were hit by a large solar storm shortly after takeoff. The shuttle was destroyed, as were most of the hapless people waiting at the decoy silo – several of our people included. They mostly perished. There might still be some alive who took shelter in the empty silo, but at the moment we simply do not know how many survived, and what shape they are in. I brought a pair of civilians from the underground back with me.”