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The Last Man Anthology: Tales of Catastrophe, Disaster, and Woe
Edited by Hunter Liguore, with preface by Michael D. C. Drout

The Last Man Anthology takes inspiration from Mary Shelley’s novel, The Last Man, and showcases short stories and poems that build on the theme of finality—of being last. From experiencing the last snowmelt to taking part of the last day on Earth,The Last Man Anthology propels catastrophic literature into the twenty-first century while staying true to Shelley’s timeless themes of chaos and isolation.

How would it feel to know you were experiencing your last day on Earth? What would the end of the world look like to the Greek gods, the last bookstore owner, or the last philosopher? The story settings range from the fringes of Outer Space, to the last museum, to New York City the day before September 11, 2001, to Brighton Street with the last teddybear, and many more. 



The Last Man Anthology
ISBN: 978-0-6153-8505-1
List price $15.95, 5.5 x 8.5, 270 pg, trade
U.S. Distribution: Ingram, Baker & Taylor
 
Includes veteran writers Ray Bradbury, C. J. Cherryh, Barry N. Malzberg, along with such classic sci-fi authors as H. G. Wells, Edgar Allen Poe, and Jack London, and an assortment of contemporary writers from four continents. We’re also honored to have a third grader make the cut!



Reviews

Midwest Book Review

The Last Man Anthology: Tales of Catastrophe, Disaster, and Woe (Paperback)

Loneliness can by truly a frightening thing. The Last Man Anthology: Tales of Catastrophe, Disaster, & Woe is a collection of short stories drawing from the novel the Last Man, written by famed horror fiction author Mary Shelley and how the concepts of the novel have inspired many to their own stories of being the only person left of your kind, of being the last person carrying the banner and the terror that comes with it. The Last Man Anthology is a thoughtful spread of work, highly recommended. 


"The anthology seamlessly interweaves classic tales and fresh new perspectives, page-turning prose and heart-tugging poetry, creating a haunting portrait of an all-too-possible (and not-too-distant) future.

Within these pages we see a Wellsian view of alien invasion through the innocent eyes of a child and are forced to ponder the paradoxes and perils of time travel and panspermia.

Page after page the reader finds themselves increasingly faced with the precariousness of our own existence, a philosophical exercise of vital importance in an age which has brought us to the brink of nuclear war as well as to impending shortages of natural resources and environmental devastation."
-Dr. Kristine Larsen, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Central Connecticut State University.

“Shelley would certainly have a copy of “Shelley would certainly have a copy of The Last Man Anthology on her nightstand!" -Cyndi Adamo, Librarian, University of Hartford
"When I first picked up the Last Man Anthology, I have to admit I had no real idea what to expect. I’d never read Mary Shelley, only had a vague idea of the storyline behind Frankenstein and no knowledge whatsoever of The Last Man. When I finished, I felt like I knew the apocalypse in and out, I felt changed, and was sort of left quietly reflecting on how I felt about humanity and the struggle to survive, about loneliness and how the machinations of the human race might fare after we are gone." 
-E.S. Wynn, author or 
Pink Carbide 
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