Posts Tagged ‘post-apocalyptic’

 

Hard-Boiled Wit @ Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White

“To further the world-building exercise, there’s a new anthology coming out in September through Another Sky Press. This one’s called The Tobacco-Stained Sky, and is basically a fresh look at our near-future, post-apocalyptic and hardboiled Melbourne through the eyes of a whole crew of other writers and comic book artists. I also contributed stories there, further fleshing out characters from Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat, something I continued in the short-story collection The Condimental Op that was published in July via Perfect Edge Books.”

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Andrez Bergen announces “ASP’s ‘The Tobacco-Stained Sky’ anthology is now out there!”

Like a fine drop of wine filtered into a dusty bottle stuck down in a dark, dim underground bunker, we’ve been brewing — er, cellaring — the anthology The Tobacco-Stained Sky for over a year, and now (at last) the beastie has been published.

It’s just appeared on Amazon, but you can pick up the trade paperback direct from the publishers (Another Sky Press) for $5.46 + ♥ + postage.
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Gordon Highland is in ‘The Tobacco-Stained Sky’

“A couple of years ago, I read Andrez Bergen’s excellent post-apocalyptic sci-noir novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat and began a correspondence with the author, interviewing him for The Velvet and keeping in touch all friendly-like, as we do. A few books later, he re-approached Goat‘s publisher, Another Sky Press, about releasing an anthology of stories by other authors that he compiled (along with co-editor Guy Salvidge), all set within the well-developed universe of that first novel. I immediately jumped on board as a contributor, taking it as a challenge to write my very first story in that genre.”
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Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat review @ Nerd Culture Podcast

Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat is set in a post-apocalyptic Melbourne, Australia, so right off the bat I’m hooked. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was to be reading a book set in my hometown, especially a post-apocalyptic version of it! (the closest I’ve come is the comic Kranburn by Ben Michael Byrne).

Most of the rest of the world is gone and Melbourne is often referred to as ‘the last city’. The rich and famous live comfortably opulent lives inside the Dome, which covers what used to be the Melbourne CBD. The poor and unwanted are forced to live in the harsh world outside the Dome, where crime is rife, the pollutants in the sky block 99% of the sun’s light, and acid rain is almost always falling. It is essentially a totalitarian state, where the Brazil-like government utilizes Blade Runner style Seekers to hunt down ‘Deviants’.
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