After



If The Melt Down, Flood, Plague, The Third World War, New Ice Age, Rapture, Alien Invasion, Clamp Down, Meteor, Or Something Else Entirely Hit Today, What Would Tomorrow Look Like Some Of The Biggest Names In YA And Adult Literature Answer That Very Question In This Short Story Anthology, Each Story Exploring The Lives Of Teen Protagonists Raised In Catastrophe S Wake Whether Set In The Years Soon After The Change, Or In Decades Far In The Future New York Times Bestselling Authors Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, And Jane Yolen Are Among The Many Popular And Award Winning Storytellers Lending Their Talents To This Original And Spellbinding AnthologyAfter

Ellen Datlow has been an award winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co edited a large number of award winning original anthologies Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After the last three with Terri Windling.She is the winner of multiple awards for her editing, including the World Fantasy Award, Locus Award, Hugo Award, International Horror Guild Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, and the Bram Stoker Award She was named recipient of the 2007 Karl Edward Wagner Award, given at the British Fantasy Convention for outstanding contribution to the genre And has been given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association She co hosts the popular Fantastic Fiction at KGB Bar series of readings in New York City where she lives.

[Reading] ➸ After By Ellen Datlow – E17streets4all.co.uk
  • Kindle Edition
  • 384 pages
  • After
  • Ellen Datlow
  • English
  • 24 February 2019

10 thoughts on “After

  1. says:

    i know that this collection is a YA collection, but it really doesn t read like one usually in YA collections, there is sort of a range of stories, qualitatively, that reflect the range of teen readers, from stronger toreluctant readers but these stories, even the ones i wasn t totally crazy about, are completely sophisticated and could be included in any adult fantasy collection well, mostly there is the meh one that didn t really do anything for me, and seemed a little young.oh, YA i know that this collection is a YA collection, but it really doesn t read like one usually in YA collections, there is sort of a range of stories, qualitatively, that reflect the range of teen readers, from stronger toreluctant readers but these stories, even the ones i wasn t totally crazy about, are completely sophisticated and could be included in any adult fantasy collection well, mostly there is the meh one that didn t really do anything for me, and seemed a little young.oh, YA, you grow up so fastsometimes, even in full length Ya dystopias, details are sacrificed it is as though writers think well, it is dystopian, so it doesn t have to be logical i imagine it is even harder to accomplish in a short story, so my hat is off to all of the authors, and it is good to see so many different takes on the dysto world The Segment Genevieve Valentinethis is a good way to open the collection, as it highlights the idea that just because you are in a dystopian setting doesn t mean you know the rules or who to trust.things are usually evencomplicated than they appear it is a good blend of woah and yeah, i could see that happening, and i liked the discovery process the reader takes along with the character in this story After the Cure Carrie Ryanthis is an interesting premise a disease causes some people to go crazy and eat other people, but once there is a cure, AFTER, what happens to the cured how do they live with what they have done how does society treat them Valedictorian N.K Jemisinthis one was one of my favorites, and one that i would so love to see expanded into a larger work it was nearly perfect.Visiting Nelson Katherine Langrishanother good one a very self contained short story that manages to provide enough detail to the world, so that the reader is not left with too many questions this is one of thedensely written, stories, and it never feels the author is overreaching the way some of the other stories do it is a very recognizable story, set in an unrecognizable world in fact, tweak the setting a little, change the drug to meth, and you have a story that would fit perfectly into my beloved appalachian noir genre All I Know of Freedom Carol Emshwillerturns out, religious cults are just as creepy in dystopias as they are for us you would think, in a world of fewer options, joining a religious cult might look pretty good but, no still pretty creepy.The Other Elder Beth Revisthis one is among my least favorites, just because of my own personal tastes, although i really did love the ending i just thought it was a too complicated social system to be mooshed into a short story format, and i had some questions The Great Game at the End of the World Matthew Kresselmeh just meh.Reunion Susan Beth Pfefferso susan beth pfeffer has teeth after all i really liked this story because it had the casual brutality you expect to find in dystopias, and which was largely missing from her oh no, the moooon trilogy, where everyone was just a little too polite and cheeky, considering their circumstances this one is short and callous and definitely worth reading.Blood Drive Jeffrey Fordmandatory gun toting in school how could this go wrong oh, like that i really need to readjeffrey ford for all the blood spatter, it was a really sweet story Reality Girl Richard Bowesthis one was okay it s a good companion to the segment because it deals with entertainment and its pervasiveness plus it s got magical powers and some gay relationships that don t feel forced, like oooh lookit how gay these characters are this is also true of the jeffrey ford story it is not gay for the sake of gay pandering, you know what i mean it just feels genuine and right.How Th irth Wint Rong by Hapless Joey Homeskool.gov Gregory Maguireoh, i dunno i wanted to like this one, but it kind of annoyed me i understand this story and maguire s choices, but that doesn t mean i enjoyed reading it.Rust with Wings Steven Gouldthis one was okay, but i see it asof a boy story nothing wrong with a boy story, but this one would fare better as a full lengther i need some answers also, strictly speaking, this is not so much an after story as a during story the after is what i wantedof, here Faint Heart Sarah Rees Brennanthis was a really ambitious short story, with multiple POVs and conflicting storylines, but i think it was pretty successful and the ending was one i did not see coming, although i should have it is kind of a perfect modern fairy tale.The Easthound Nalo Hopkinsonooooh this one was great, even though there were twins in it and another ending i didn t see coming i am impressed with how tough some of these stories were not difficult to read, but don t get too emotionally attached, kiddos because after usually sucks.Gray Jane Yolenthis is a poem nuff said.Before Carolyn Dunnthis one didn t really do anything for me, but it isn t terrible i just thought the limited perspective narrator left me with too many questions but some people like stories where you can t know everything in long form pieces, i don t mind filling in the blanks, but i find it less fun in a short story.Fake Plastic Trees Caitlin R Kiernanthis one has an unusual story structure, which uses memory, the nonlinear and frequently interrupted writing of a life story, and an unreliable narrator, so the facts are occasionally murky which occasionally works against the actual storytelling, but ultimately i think it is effective and scary.You Won t Feel a Thing Garth Nixi have never read nix before, but this apparently takes place in the nix verse, and probably someone who has read him before would enjoy itthan i did it is fine and bleak, but i think i would have dug itif i had had that frisson of recognition.The Marker Cecil Castelluccithis is another favorite story, and one which is a good way to end the collection, because it is one of the few stories that suggests change is possible, and there might be hope after all.the only problem with these stories is that they are stories, and you never get to see these scenarios fleshed out into a bigger picture but overall i think this is a good collection, and i really appreciate that the foreword gives a new definition of dystopia as it is being reshaped by the current YA publishing industry, and a thoughtful afterword that gives a brief overview of the history of the dystopia in literature and in writing this review, i found i enjoyed itin retrospect, so i am going to slap another star on it try and stop mecome to my blog

  2. says:

    Short story collections and anthologies are always a mixed bag for me Not only do I struggle with my own personal hang ups when it comes to the short story format itself, you pretty much know going in to any anthology there will be hits and there will be misses If you re lucky, a few will emerge as outstanding pieces of awesomeness, and I m thankful to report I experienced that here.Two things attracted me to this collection 1 Ellen Datlow editor extraordinaire and 2 you had me at dystopi Short story collections and anthologies are always a mixed bag for me Not only do I struggle with my own personal hang ups when it comes to the short story format itself, you pretty much know going in to any anthology there will be hits and there will be misses If you re lucky, a few will emerge as outstanding pieces of awesomeness, and I m thankful to report I experienced that here.Two things attracted me to this collection 1 Ellen Datlow editor extraordinaire and 2 you had me at dystopia I m addicted to tales of dark and dangerous futures comprised of post apocalyptic landscapes, where human survival is not a given, and the long and suffocating reach of a rigidly controlled society is profoundly felt I admit that these days we ve gotten pretty footloose and fancy free when it comes to our definition of dystopia I m not a purist by any means, but there are elements I expect to see or not as it were if I m going to consider a story full on dystopian Much of it has to do with how well the society and its rules are conceived Dystopia just like the devil is in the details But we are talking about a spectrum And there are an infinite number of spaces on that spectrum where a story can fall The joy comes with the discovery of just how much variety and interpretation can be applied to a genre, how much can any one writer push the boundaries past what we ve come to know and expect.For whatever the reasons and pundits and academics will argue the causes til they run out of oxygen , YA publishing is in the throes of a passionate obsession with dystopian tales and end of the world scenarios Readers are responding in kind, feeding the monster And I couldn t be happier about that Theauthors, new and established, are encouraged to play around in the dystopia sandbox, the better off the genre will be Push it to its limits, see what it can do, uncover all it has to teach us and the infinite number of ways it has to thrill and chill The short stories comprising this anthology like every other anthology I ve ever read are not equally strong There are definite misses where either the idea is confused or fumbled altogether, the characters underdeveloped, the prose weak But I don t want to focus on the negative here, because there are also some outstanding pieces of writing not to be missed After the Cure, Carrie Ryan You may already know Ryan from her Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy which I highly recommend checking out Here, Ryan tells the story of a young girl who is a recovering blood sucking predator of humankind In a new post apocalyptic world of survivors, she has been cured But it has left her lonely and longing for somethingNo longer quite human, but no longer able to run with her pack, she seeks out the company of a young man with a tragic past The writing here is beautiful, the mood melancholy The Great Game at the End of the World, Matthew Kressel This one has such a weird and dreamlike quality to it, with an unsettling underbelly vibe that I can t quite call sinister, but feels like something Lovecraft could have written A brother and his younger sister are the sole survivors of a mysterious, unknowable, cataclysmic event The siblings are forced to adapt to their new environment All I can say is that it s a strange and wonderful piece.Reunion, Susan Beth Pfeffer Pfeffer is a prolific and bestselling YA author This story is dark and damaged in so many ways, with a nice twist at the end There aren t a lot of details about the society, but what we do get is reminiscent of Nazi Germany or Communist Russia A mother and daughter proceed to interview young girls in the hope of finding their child sister who was stolen from them years before They recount their ordeal to her, how they had to submit themselves to the murderous whims of savage soldiers in order to find out her fate This one is so tightly plotted, it had me sitting on the edge of my seat Rust With Wings, Steven Gould I loved this one because it is such good ol fashioned, high octane fun of action and peril It has its roots firmly planted in the 1950 s sci fi tradition of bugs gone wild The Marker, Cecil Castellucci Interesting idea satisfyingly realized Trust me, that s all you need to know Before I wrap this up, I do want to mention Faint Heart by Sarah Rees Brennan because it is the only one that reads like the beginning of a novel, rather than a short story The cliffhanger ending left me screaming Nooooo because I desperately wanted to know what was going to happen next It is a deadly games premise where certain males are forced to compete to the death in The Trials The sole survivor wins the hand of the queen a genetically cloned model of perfection I was just really getting into the story and warming up to the characters when it was over This aggravated methan pleased me This anthology is a rich grab bag, so don t be shy about diving in because you re sure to find something to suit your tastes Just for the sheer variety of the stories I never knew what to expect next and the overall quality of the writing, I am highly recommending you check it out

  3. says:

    Nineteen stories about dystopias or apocalypses for Young Adults, published in 2012 For the most part, OK, not so bad, most certainly creative about how the world is going to end or, anyway, how humanity is going to crash and burn Of the 19, perhaps my favorite was by Caitlin Kiernan, Fake Plastic Trees It rings true as a possibilty for the future microscopic machines called nano assemblers created to make things for people get out of hand and start turning everything into plastic Someh Nineteen stories about dystopias or apocalypses for Young Adults, published in 2012 For the most part, OK, not so bad, most certainly creative about how the world is going to end or, anyway, how humanity is going to crash and burn Of the 19, perhaps my favorite was by Caitlin Kiernan, Fake Plastic Trees It rings true as a possibilty for the future microscopic machines called nano assemblers created to make things for people get out of hand and start turning everything into plastic Somehow it seems like a fitting end I got a chuckle out of Blood Drive by Jeffrey Ford for its dark humor High school seniors are required to carry guns to class This story falls under the heading of apocalyptic I also really liked Before by Carol Dunn It s about a Native American girl whose blood just might hold the key to a vaccine to save white people from death in a pandemic The rest of the stories were OK The one exception was The Great Game At the End of the World by Matthew Kressel, about kids playing baseball with monsters I didn t get it Other authors include N.K Jemison, Carol Emshwiller, Gregory Maguire, Steven Gould, Nalo Hopkinson and a poem by Jane Yolen

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    Detailed Review of AfterThe SegmentReally interesting world and characters Reminded me of Hunger Games 7After the CureInteresting take on a zombie apocalypse Great characters 9ValedictorianGreat setting I really enjoyed it.9Visiting NelsonI couldn t readthan two pages because the narrative is written from the perspective of an illiterate teenager, i.e Sint Paul, useta, coz, etc.0All I Know of FreedomThis story was really weird I didn t like it because it was a green global warming st Detailed Review of AfterThe SegmentReally interesting world and characters Reminded me of Hunger Games 7After the CureInteresting take on a zombie apocalypse Great characters 9ValedictorianGreat setting I really enjoyed it.9Visiting NelsonI couldn t readthan two pages because the narrative is written from the perspective of an illiterate teenager, i.e Sint Paul, useta, coz, etc.0All I Know of FreedomThis story was really weird I didn t like it because it was a green global warming story making fun of religious people.2The Other ElderThe Giver on a generation ship.5The Great Game at the End of the WorldReally weird The earth was destroyed and friendly monsters roamed the surface The two characters play a baseball game with the monsters.3ReunionPortrays a revolution in a Hunger Games esque world.6Blood DriveA story about high schoolers carrying hand guns to school, and the problems that causes.7Reality GirlOdd story about people who dive in poisonous water after golden coins to please tourists Reality Girl gets recruited to help with a movie and learnsabout herself in the process.8How Thirth Wint Rong By Hapless JoeyDidn t even bother with this one The title scared me off.0Rust with WingsBugs that eat metal have taken over part of the US and Jeremy s family try to escape.8Faint HeartThough this does take place in the future I felt like I was reading a fantasy short story Just a retelling of the labyrinth with a Minotaur Great ending though.9The EasthoundStandard dystopian story about kids hitting puberty turning into monsters.7GrayPoem about the end of the world, and it s rebirth.8BeforeAnother standard dystopia Mankind created a disease that is no killing everyone The catch is that native America s are immune Kind of weird and not much plot.3Fake Plastic TreesNanites have taken over the world and turn everything into a plastic substance called THE GOO Only a few cities have survived.8You Wont Feel a ThingInteresting world This is actual a prequel to the author s novel Shade s Children The world interested me enough I ll buy that book to find out .7The MarkerReally interesting story Had a Giverish feel to it also.8

  5. says:

    3 stars A little better than expected Only 2 stories that were below average or irritating in some way None were mind blowing.

  6. says:

    What happens after the end of the world That s the thematic question behind AFTER, an anthology of nineteen stories edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.Contributors include Carrie Ryan, Richard Bowes, Caitlin R Kiernan, Jeffrey Ford and .It s an eclectic collection with a literary bent In the stories, the characters often try to find meaning and control in an atmosphere of dramatic change or post change.My favorite stories were Carrie Ryan s After the Cure tells the story of a you What happens after the end of the world That s the thematic question behind AFTER, an anthology of nineteen stories edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.Contributors include Carrie Ryan, Richard Bowes, Caitlin R Kiernan, Jeffrey Ford and .It s an eclectic collection with a literary bent In the stories, the characters often try to find meaning and control in an atmosphere of dramatic change or post change.My favorite stories were Carrie Ryan s After the Cure tells the story of a young woman cured of a vampire affliction that is threatening to overrun the world The problem is the society that cured her doesn t trust her, while she remembers and often longs for the pure simplicity and sense of family among the undead hunters of the night.N.K Jemisin s Valedictorian tells the story of a young woman at the top of her school and living in a society enclosed by a superior machine intelligence The last humans barely survived the war and now hide behind a massive wall that everyone knows offers no real protection Each year, the machines ask for the smartest among the humans to be handed over.Carol Emshwiller s All I Know of Freedom tells the story of a young woman kept as an indentured servant in the home of a rich family during a time of mass poverty and natural calamity She stumbles across a religious community that is building a rocket ship to start a new life on another planet.Steven Gould s Rust with Wings tells the story of a young man fleeing his home with his family Behind him, a growing infestation of strange insects that devour metal is growing.Metthew Kressel s The Great Game at the End of the World tells the story of a brother and sister playing a baseball game with a strange set of creatures on a torn section of earth thrown into space, the private collection of a vast intelligence.The voices were refreshing to this jaded apocalyptic reader, though I wish Datlow had reached out toauthors who specialize in apocalyptic fiction

  7. says:

    This book has 3 big things going for it 1 They re young adult postapocalyptic, which is rare.2 All of the stories take place only after the disaster has occurred it doesn t really matter how it happened or even what happened 3 There s a preponderance of female authors, for once As with all short story collections, some of these are better than others Standouts for me were the ones by Genevieve Valentine, Sarah Rees Brennan long time fan, here and Cecil Castellucci.

  8. says:

    This book will always be my favorite because it s about my favorite genre it never bored me and i loved the different takes on what an apocalypse would be like love love love

  9. says:

    Oh, I enjoyed a lot of these stories, they were creepy, and good, and now I m one step closer to rereading Across the Universe

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    OKAY, because this is abuncha little stories bundled up in one, I m just going to keep updating this review as I go along so I don t forget any important details The Segment, by Genevieve Valentine 2 stars Ok so, for some reason it took me super long to get past this story And that s pathetic cause its so short But I found it completely boring and I didn t even understand what was going on til the end Like, at all I don t even know why I know, so sad But whateverAfter the cure, by Ca OKAY, because this is abuncha little stories bundled up in one, I m just going to keep updating this review as I go along so I don t forget any important details The Segment, by Genevieve Valentine 2 stars Ok so, for some reason it took me super long to get past this story And that s pathetic cause its so short But I found it completely boring and I didn t even understand what was going on til the end Like, at all I don t even know why I know, so sad But whateverAfter the cure, by Carrie Ryan 3.5 stars.I loved this story The idea of writing about a rehabilitated zombie was wonderful, and the character was portrayed very well I could relate her and her issues while also being like ok, this is something new Great story Valedictorian, by N.K Jemisin 3 stars You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes The Matrix This story reminds me so much of this movie I wish the storyline for Valedictorian wasoriginal But meh, it was still good However, I did like the main character And that endingreally That could ve been much better I want to know what happens Visiting Nelson, by Katherine Langrish 3 stars Ok first off, I thought the two guys in this book were kids But when one of them mentioned their age, which is 19, I was like WHAT THE FUCK Then reading on I came to realize that the older one, 19 year old Billy, is mentally retarded Huh His brother Charlie, who is 17, was the narrator That was kind of confusing because they acted like little kids But towards the end of the story Charlie kind of showed his maturity OH AND ANOTHER THING, they still had cell phones Really Odd However, I really did love how Charlie cared so much about Billy I m so sick of reading books about sibling rivalry It was refreshing to see Charlie stick by Billy s side, even if he was different AnywaysI enjoyed this story It was interesting It reminded me vaguely of a watered down version of a book in Charlie Higson s The Enemy series.The ending view spoiler I say, Yeah, in a way I did meet Nelson, Billy In a way, I think I did Billy says, I saw him too I got hot and cold again He sounds so matter of fact I almost ask what he means, and then I daren t You did Billy nods He was upstairs I told you he was I made a wish My voice come out all faint, You did What was it He says proudly, To be with you, Charlie Just to be with youhide spoiler was perfect All I Know of Freedom, by Carol Emshwiller 2.5 stars THIS STORY WAS CENTERED AROUND BOOBIES BREASTS That s why I gave it 2.5 stars Otherwise, it d be 2 Why Because the dialogue was very chopped up and the characters were flat The story didn t flow well at all The Other Elder, by Beth Revis 3 stars The Giver That s what The Other Elder reminded me of Now, I don t exactly like The Giver I find it slow paced and cliche HOWEVER, I did enjoy this story What really made it for me was when the elder to be watched the battle scene I just loved that It was described very well The Great Game At The End Of The World, by Matthew Kressel 2.5 stars.Baseball Impossible monsters A brother and sister at the end of the world Dafaq This story was extremely crazy, and while that s not necessarily a bad thing, its not what I normally read because I enjoy a bitrealism Reunion, by Susan Beth Pfeffer 3.5 stars.Ooooohhhhh homies I really liked this one Apparently searching for their sister daughter who was stolen as a child, a mother and daughter interrogate young girls to determine if they have found her The brutality in this story really got me hooked I wouldn t be surprised if the author got some of her ideas from the happenings of the Holocaust You ll have to read it to find out why Blood Drive, by Jeffery Ford 4 stars.Definitely one of my favorites In a world where its legal to bring guns to school, what exactly can t you like More importantly, how many ways can it bring about disasters Too many to count But hey, who doesn t love a good, gore filled climax I absolutely love this particular story because it reaches a level of realism that the other stories in this compilation have not I can actually see this happening somewhere one day, and I can see the outcome being much, much worse Kudos to you, Mr Ford Reality Girl, by Richard Bowes 3 stars.Another good story Its very similar to The Segment , dealing with the film industry and such However its better because it was longer andin depth I understood what was going on much better than I did with The Segment because the author gave some background information which really benefited the storylineHow Th irth Wint Rong By Hapless Joey Homeskool.guv, Gregory Maguire 4 stars.LOL I loved this The writing is so crazy and stupid that its hilarious However, the actual message of the story was great A very original idea for a story The ending is sad, though Rust With Wings, by Steven Gould 2 stars.I did not like this The characters were flat the plot was stupid and almost nonexistent Jeremy s mother was a whiny bitch His father was just plain idiotic And I kept forgetting Laurie was his sister because she was barely ever mentioned Just noFaint Heart, by Carrie Ryan 4.5 stars.This story was fantastic The world building was great, the characters original and genuine, the dialogue flowed well, and I LOVED the plot However, Faint Heart waslike the first chapter to a novel rather than a short story, hence the 4.5 instead of 5 stars I really wish Carrie Ryan would build off this story and make it into a novel I d definitely buy read that The Easthound, by Nalo Hopkinson 3 stars.Entertaining Nothing special, but still a fun read The plot twist at the end was very unexpected, though Gray, by Jane Yolen 3 stars.I think it is brave for an author to put a poem in a book of short stories, because I can see why a lot of people would hate it But I thought this was a nice poem It flowed well, even though it didn t rhyme Before, by Carolyn Dunn 5 stars.This was the most beautiful story out of the whole compilation Maybe its because I m partial to Native American stories, but I completely loved this one It just got me thinking about some of the things Native Americans went through and are still going throughit really touched my heart Definitely one of my favorites Fake Plastic Trees, by Caitlin R Kiernan 3 stars.Whenever a story of any kind opens up with dialogue, I m instantly hooked I just love reading characters talk to each other It makes me feel like the story is going to move faster So that was a plus for this book However, I did not care for the main character very much at all Partially because her name is Cody so I kept forgetting she was a girl, and partially because I thought she was a bit weak But I did like Max He s legit But in this case I think its just my opinion coming through a little strongly, so I played fair and gave it 3 starsYou Won t Feel A Thing, by Garth Nix 3.5 stars.I liked this story I enjoyed delving into a sample of Nix s world without having to buy Shade s Children Though not exactly original, I enjoyed the concept of You Won t Feel A Thing I found The Arkle and his power of seduction to be interesting, and I wished I could ve readabout him Overall a satisfying story The Marker by Cecil Castellucci 4 stars.When I came to the part in this story about the babies, my heart broke into a billion little bitty pieces Its so sad But I loved it The whole idea for this story was great It was easy to read and logical A great story to end with.Overall I m going to rate this book a solid 3 stars There were some great stories, some ok stories, and some stories just plain sucked But I think in this instance the good outweigh the bad I would recommend this to any dystopian fans

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