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Subtopian Press Releases Experiment in Collaborative Fiction Writing

I wanted to see what a group of creative minds could come up with if they were given a blank slate and nothing more than a general direction to get them started. I told the writers the year is 2113, the world as we know it has ended, now tell me how it happened. Their answers became this book. - Trevor Richardson, Founder of The Subtopian

Subtopian Press Releases Experiment in Collaborative Fiction Writing
Portland, OR, December 23, 2014 --( The Year is 2113. Civilization has been split between reason and the animal men of the Dry. A techno-plague, developed from a mutated genetic modification fad, went viral, using the WIFI, cell phones, and even radio waves to spread and turn human beings into hybrid beasts. The survivors live to collect relics of information from the past and rebuild for the future. In the wastes, there is no room for ideology, there is only the science of the rebuilders and the primal worship of the Apocalypse -- the Last God.

As original and exciting as "2113: An Oral History of The Last God" can be, the truly remarkable story comes from how it was written. The Subtopian Press presents an experiment in collaborative writing. With little to go on and almost no prompt, twenty-five authors teamed up anonymously to offer their concepts of future history and how society fell. As themes began to show through, a story took shape entirely on its own and it became this book. This is not an anthology or a collection, it is a novel with more than two dozen authors, a cohesive narrative about the people, places, and strife that led to the fall of the world as we know it.

Authors from The Subtopian Magazine, working individually under completely blind conditions, managed to touch on themes of genetic manipulation, forced breeding to keep the species pure, willful destruction of the power grid, our skies changing color, and a return to primitive religion in the absence of modern civilization. The stories weave themselves neatly into a compelling plot that shows us how our world ended and how it could begin again.

"I am not afraid. This is just a new Apocalypse. So think on this, and offer a prayer to the only god left to us." —William Hawkins, "2113: An Oral History of The Last God"
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