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Soft Apocalypse Paperback – April 1, 2011
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--Paul Goat Allen
(McIntosh) has written a first novel that's compelling, credible, and relentless, who's best and most disturbing moments will stay with the reader for a long time. --Locus
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--the kind of work Pohl and Kornbluth did in the 1950s. Well worth a read.
-Peter Heck, Asimov's
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One of the most interesting aspects of Soft Apocalypse, and something I've rarely seen done so well in a dystopian novel, is the fact that it shows society in the early stages of dissolution. Many post-apocalyptic stories show a finished end product, an established dystopia in which the Earth has already been torn apart and people are trying to survive the aftermath. Other stories show the events right before and during the actual earthquake/meteor strike/plague, with people trying to make it through the disaster as it happens. Soft Apocalypse instead happens during a period of gradual but inexorable decline: as the back cover says, the world ends "with a whimper instead of a bang." If Robert Charles Wilson's excellent Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd America is set in post-collapse U.S.A., when enough time has passed for society to fall back into established structures and classes, Soft Apocalypse could almost be set in the same world, but a couple of centuries earlier and during the gradual collapse of the previous system.Read more ›
The novel is set in and around Savannah, Georgia, in the late 2020s through 2030s. It features a mix of all elements you could possibly expect in a novel about the collapse of civilization: global warming, peak oil, epidemics (with human-designed viruses), rampant gangs, curfews, breakdown of large organizations, genocide, propaganda, fringe groups forcefully pushing various agendas, guns, gold, nomads, urban tribes, civil war, and so forth. There are even some romantic and sexual relationships to keep just about any reader interested :) Overall, the mood in the book is grim. The future world starts recognizably similar to our society, except that most amenities are gone from common people's lives, out of reach of anyone but the wealthy. Unemployment, poverty, and crime are rampant. The way people live, travel, feed and entertain themselves, is not nearly as easy and pleasant as today. There is a sense of profound loss: from major characters who gradually leave or die to the mere lack of what we today consider normalcy.Read more ›
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Rarely do I start a book and not finish it, but this was one of them. The planet is going to hell in a hand basket and no one really seems to care. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Spoon
Bleh - just boring writing and completely uninteresting characters; I quit reading it after about 70 pages.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Had to stop reading because of all the errors. Missing spaces between words, extra spaces in weird places, "shouldn't of"s instead of "shouldn't have"s.... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Crystal Durnan
I am still thinking about this days after I finished it. Parts of the theory could be us in the future.Published 2 months ago by reb
** spoiler alert ** Boo. Hiss. I chose this book to read because it was mentioned on the Nook weekly contest that they're running this summer of 2012. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nancy A
A different take on the apocalypse with how real everyday people and how they may handle it. Read more
One of the strongest narrative voices I've read in years. The story draws you in early, and doesn't let go.Published 2 months ago by Jonathan Laden