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Last Week’s Apocalypse

Last Week’s Apocalypse


Trade Paperback - $14.95
Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Powell's

ISBN: 9781597800341
Published: 01/01/2006

Gore Vidal meets Philip K. Dick, in this collection of “lit-fabulist” stories.

Douglas Lain’s work has been attracting high profile attention throughout the genre, and this collection features some of his finest and most controversial fiction. These stories present electric messiahs, identity constructs, the Beatles, and even nuclear Armageddon as comic foils for Lain’s everyman characters. Here is an America where the packets of Sea Monkeys that arrive in the mail contain secret messages and the girl next door can breathe underwater.

With Last Week’s Apocalypse, Douglas Lain arrives with a punch line and a warning.

“It’s legitimate SF, and it’s ‘mainstream,’ and it’s metafiction: I don’t know anyone else doing quite what Lain is doing; fascinating work, moving, strikingly honest, powerful.”
– Rich Horton, Locus Magazine

“Philip K. Dick would have admired Douglas Lain’s ‘The Sea Monkey Conspiracy,’ and would have been unsettled by it, for the same reason—he would have seen himself in the alienated young narrator/protagonist. He might have argued that it’s a sequel to—and perhaps better than—his 1979 story ‘The Exit Door Leads in.’”
– Paul Williams, author of Only Apparently Real, The World of Philip K. Dick

“Reads with compelling immediacy, an unnerving combination of masks, secrets that distort and finally shred one’s identity...”
-Sherwood Smith, Tangent Online

“A must-read for originality and perceptive social satire.”
–Daniel E. Blackstone’s Firebrand Fiction Column

“Doug has a great brain. I am hugely impressed with his prospects to be a completely uncommercial genius. God help him.”
-Jonathan Lethem, author of The Fortress of Solitude and Motherless Brooklyn

“The stories in Last Week’s Apocalypse are like a series of short, sharp shocks. Lain’s writing is unsettling, ferociously smart, and extremely addictive.”
- Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners and Stranger Things Happen

“Straight out of the Pamela Zoline era of New Wave fiction, with a strong dose of nuclear paranoia and Reagan-era ‘kill a Commie for mommy’ reverse- nostalgia, Lain writes from the conscience.”
-Jay Lake, Author of Rocket Science and Greetings from Lake Wu