After the Collapse by Paul Di Filippo

By Paul Di Filippo

Frank Lazorg's long past mad! The dean of the fable artwork illustrators has reached his finish: his artistic powers have abandoned him.

Then an odd new drug grants to reinvigorate him, either as guy and artist. however the substance quickly ends up in insanity, plunging Frank right into a international inhabited by means of significant parodies of humanity. but this new size has its personal delights, as Frank quickly discovers whilst he meets the feminine alien known as Crutchsump!

A technological know-how fiction experience of brain and physique. AFTER THE cave in: tales FROM GREENHOUSE EARTH, via 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 below are six riveting stories of lifestyles throughout the hard-luck instances of a post-holocaust planet.

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