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Age of Blight: Stories

Age of Blight: Stories
 

What if the end of man is not caused by some cataclysmic event, but by the nature of humans themselves? In Age of Blight, a young scientist's harsh and unnecessary experiments on monkeys are recorded for posterity; children are replaced by their doppelgangers, which emerge like f... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781939419569
Barcode 9781939419569
Published 23 February 2016 by Unnamed Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Muslim, Kristine Ong
Illustrated by Hogan, Alessandra

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ISBN-13 9781939419569
ISBN-10 1939419565
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher Unnamed Press
Imprint Unnamed Press
Publication Date 23 February 2016
International Publication Date 16 February 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Muslim, Kristine Ong
Illustrated by Hogan, Alessandra
Category Science Fiction
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Short stories, Philippine (English), Short stories, Philippine (English) - 21st century
NBS Text Science Fiction & Fantasy
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 128mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 10mm
Weight 128g
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

What if the end of man is not caused by some cataclysmic event, but by the nature of humans themselves? In Age of Blight, a young scientist's harsh and unnecessary experiments on monkeys are recorded for posterity; children are replaced by their doppelgangers, which emerge like flowers in their backyards; and two men standing on opposing cliff faces bear witness to each other's terrifying ends. Age of Blight explores a kind of post-future, in which the human race is finally abandoned to the end of its history. Muslim's poetic vignettes explore the nature of dystopia itself, often to darkly humorous effect, as when the spirit of Laika (the Russian space dog that perished on Sputnik 2) tries to befriend a satellite, or when Beth, the narrator's older sister, returns from the dead. The collection is illustrated throughout by the charcoal drawings of RISD artist Alessandra Hogan. In haunting and precise prose, Kristine Ong Muslim posits that humanity's downfall will be both easily preventable and terrifyingly inevitable, for it depends on only one thing: human nature.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review As suppositional literature does, Age of Blight offers a message to the current world -- a warning, a prophecy, a lamentation; call it what you will. It's an important message; it's also bleak and deeply troubling. -Necessary Fiction Age Of Blight is unendingly fascinating. -Neon Magazine The stories are masterfully written, evocative and memorable... Age of Blight deserves praise for its willingness to confront complex questions. If you revel in the uncanny, this is a collection you will not want to miss. -The Missing Slate

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Author's Bio

Kristine Ong Muslim (b. September 1980, Philippines) is the author of several books, including the forthcoming short story collection Age of Blight and poetry collection Lifeboat, as well as We Bury the Landscape and Grim Series. A new edition of A Roomful of Machines, her first book originally published in 2010 by UK-based Searle Publishing, appears from ELJ Publications this year. Her third book, Grim Series, was included in the preliminary ballot of the Horror Writers Association's 2012 Bram Stoker Award for poetry and was twice nominated for the Science Fiction Poetry Association's Elgin Award. Her poems and short stories were published and anthologized in the likes of Adbusters, Asia Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Boston Review, Confrontation Magazine, Contrary Magazine, Ellipsis, Existere, Gargoyle Magazine, Harpur Palate, Hobart, Narrative Magazine, New Welsh Review, Sou'wester, Southword, The Pedestal Magazine, The Puritan, The State, Verse Daily, and numerous pulp magazines, as well as Dadaoism (An Anthology) (Chomu Press, 2012), Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems (Accents Publishing, 2011), The Best of Abyss and Apex Volume One (Hadley Rille Books, 2008), and several volumes of the annual Rhysling Award anthologies. Kristine Ong Muslim is the poetry editor of LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction. She grew up and continues to live in a small farming town in the southern Philippines.Alessandra Hogan has a B.F.A. in printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design. She was born in New Haven, CT, and aspires to be a professional fine artist.

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