After the Apocalypse: Stories

By Maureen F. McHugh

Publishers Weekly most sensible 10 better of the Year

In her new assortment, tale Prize finalist Maureen F. McHugh delves into the darkish center of up to date lifestyles and existence 5 mins from now and the way effortless it's to combine up one with the opposite. Her tales are post-bird flu, in the midst of scientific trials, considering if our desktops are smarter than us, brooding about while our jobs are going to be outsourced out of the country, puzzling over if we're who we are saying we're, and never certain what we would do to outlive the arriving zombie plague.

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"Gorgeously crafted stories."—Nancy Pearl, NPR

"Hauntingly beautiful."—Booklist

"Unpredictable and poetic work."—The undeniable Dealer

Maureen F. McHugh has lived in long island; Shijiazhuang, China; Ohio; Austin, Texas; and now lives in l. a., California. She is the writer of a narrative Prize finalist assortment, Mothers & different Monsters, and 4 novels, together with Tiptree Award-winner China Mountain Zhang and New York Times editor's selection Nekropolis. McHugh has additionally labored on exchange fact video games for Halo 2, The Watchmen, and 9 Inch Nails, between others.

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