After the Collapse

By Paul Di Filippo

Frank Lazorg's long gone mad! The dean of the delusion artwork illustrators has reached his finish: his inventive powers have abandoned him.

Then an odd new drug provides to reinvigorate him, either as guy and artist. however the substance quickly leads to insanity, plunging Frank right into a global inhabited by way of huge parodies of humanity. but this new measurement has its personal delights, as Frank quickly discovers whilst he meets the feminine alien known as Crutchsump!

A technological know-how fiction event of brain and physique. AFTER THE cave in: tales FROM GREENHOUSE EARTH, through Paul Di Filippo. From the swarming redoubts of the polar areas, the place humanity huddles from the savage warmth of Greenhouse Earth, to the dusty refugee camps of a shattered the US, listed here are six riveting stories of lifestyles in the course of the hard-luck occasions of a post-holocaust planet.

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