After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See Reader Rating


The apocalypse was yesterday. These stories are today.

In her new collection, Story Prize finalist Maureen F. McHugh delves into the dark heart of contemporary life and life five minutes from now and how easy it is to mix up one with the other. Her stories are post-bird flu, in the middle of medical trials, wondering if our computers are smarter than us, wondering when our jobs are going to be outsourced overseas, wondering if we are who we say we are, and not sure what we'd do to survive the coming zombie plague.

Table of Contents

The Naturalist

Special Economics

Useless Things

The Lost Boy: A Reporter at Large

The Kingdom of the Blind

Going to France


The Effect of Centrifugal Forces

After the Apocalypse

Praise for Maureen F. McHugh:

"Gorgeously crafted stories."—Nancy Pearl, NPR

"Hauntingly beautiful."—Booklist

"Unpredictable and poetic work."—The Plain Dealer

“Poignant and sometimes heartwrenching.”—Publishers Weekly

Maureen F. McHugh has lived in New York; Shijiazhuang, China; Ohio; Austin, Texas; and now lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of a Story Prize finalist collection, Mothers & Other Monsters, and four novels, including Tiptree Award-winner China Mountain Zhang and New York Times editor's choice Nekropolis. McHugh has also worked on alternate reality games for Halo 2, The Watchmen, and Nine Inch Nails, among others.


About Maureen F. McHugh

See more books from this Author
Maureen F. McHugh is the author of the critically acclaimed novels" Mission Child, China Mountain Zhang" -- which was a "New York Times" Notable Book, nominated for both a Hugo and a Nebula Award, and winner of the "Locus Readers' Poll" for Best First Novel, a James Tiptree Award, and a Lambda Award -- and "Half the Day is Night." She received the Hugo for her short story "The Lincoln Train," and other stories have appeared in several publications and anthologies, including in the highly regarded collection "Starlight 1." Ms. McHugh lives in Ohio with her husband and stepson.
Published October 24, 2011 by Small Beer Press. 201 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Reader Rating for After the Apocalypse

An aggregated and normalized score based on 98 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review