The Last Man Anthology is a collection of works that pays tribute to the mother of science fiction, Mary Shelley by featuring 19 tales of Catastrophe, Disaster and Woe.
Edited by Hunter Liguore the anthology spans two centuries and includes works by Ray Bradbury, CJ Cherryh, DH Lawrence, Edgar Allen Poe, HG Wells and others. There is also a list of the Catastrophes that have happened over the last decade, which is quite sobering.
There is a good mix of different stories in the anthology, some are very brief, especially the poems while others are pretty dramatic. There is a great range of authors and a massive timespan of works, all bound together as tales of Catastrophe or Disaster.
Highlights include the very touching "Teddy & the Last Girl of Brighton Street" by William Wood which see's the aftermath of an alien invasion - from the perspective of a little girl, Ray Bradbury's "There will Come Soft Rains" which describes an artificially intelligent house carrying on regardless despite it's occupants demise, the darkly amusing "My Blue Ribbon Pies" (a very original idea for a disaster) and the haunting "Going home" by Kodilynn Calhoun.
This a great compilation, especially if, like me you love all the resurge in post apocalyptic fiction like the Fallout series, Stephen Kings Dark Tower series, Cormac McCarthy's "The Road" and of course David Gemmell's Jon Shannow series. Before all this was Mary Shelley's Last Man story, which you can now get free as an e-book.
The Last Man Anthology is a fitting tribute to Mary Shelley's masterpiece and deserves a home in anyones collection.
You can find the full list of the short stories and poems below:
Written by Antony, 12 October 2010.