Pete Butler (ed.), Triangulation: End of time. Parsec Ink, 2007. Pp. 155. ISBN 9780615152806. $12.00

Reviewed by Lillith

Triangulation: End of Time is a thought-provoking, exhilarating collection of stories hypothesizing how the end of days will come or what it will be like for those left after whatever catastrophe takes place. All of the stories are masterfully written, so much so that I found it difficult to put the book down after ending each selection—even at the end, I wanted more. Editor Pete Butler picked the cream of the crop in these up-and-coming authors!

This collection covers the gambit of time-travel, zombies, gods on the brink of extinction, humans on the brink of extinction, natural and not-so-natural disasters—in other words, there is something for everyone here whatever one's preferred genre. Yet I urge all to read the whole book front to back as the composition is a treat for the cerebrum no matter what your taste.

Of the twenty offerings in this little collection, there are four that stand out the most:

‘America Is Coming’ by Dario Ciriello is a charming eco-disaster tale that has an interesting, albeit unexpected, conclusion. The relationships between the characters in the story are such that one wonders if such a disaster just might be what is needed to achieve peace and understanding between cultures.

Michael Stone's ‘The Bridge’ by is one I was disappointed in- not for lack of talent from the author, mind you—but because it was too short! I wanted to know more about the character and their story—just more story period!

‘That Ain't A Mosey’ by Jeff Parrish is a classic zombie tale set in my home state of Texas—specifically my choice of current residence, Fort Worth. Mr Parrish did an excellent job researching the history of what is now known as Cowtown and the characters flowed well within the plot. Surprising ending kinda makes one wonder about the place now...

Finally, ‘The Shopping Cart People’ by Terry Hayman is a disturbing, yet at the same time heartwarming example of the adage that acts of random kindness do indeed bring great rewards. Just take note: next time you are disrespectful to others based on their class and station in life, it might mean your doom.

I'm not reviewing all stories individually as I think it's better for the reader to be as pleasantly surprised as I was by each one. All of the authors are superbly adept at their craft of painting the world as they see it at the end of time—some heart-wrenching, some funny, some downright scary—but all do it in such a way that one ends up either having hope or nightmares depending on the selection read (and sometimes we need our nightmares, don't you think?).

Triangulation is a recommended read for anyone wanting a fresh insight into our future, even if it at times is a bleak one.

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