I’m excited yet humbled to announce the publication of A Silent Dystopia: Stories Of A Quiet Apocalypse. The book was released as an eBook on November 30, 2021. Print editions of the volume will be available in early 2022.
This being my first foray into editing a themed anthology, A Silent Dystopia was a labor of love. The project presented a few challenges. For instance, working within the confines of Dave Jeffery’s established universe of A Quiet Apocalypse would be challenge enough for one writer not living inside Dave’s brain. Overseeing ten, well, actually eleven writers when you count in Dave’s contribution, required using a new approach that I can attribute to managing multiple projects in my corporate eCommerce life. All of the stories needed to be rooted in the continuity established in the source material. A well-formed timeline spanning decades and a conceptual map defining the stories’ geographies across North America and Europe provided the necessary framework to thrive in this vivid world.
The novellas making up the A Quiet Apocalypse series and the stories in A Silent Dystopia are set in a not-too-distant future pandemic-ravaged version of our world. The original book was written long before our current day real-life pandemic and bears no resemblance. The disease meningitis unspecified, also known as MNG-U, has eradicated about 95% of the human population. The vast majority of survivors are left deafened by the virus. Those few lucky enough to retain their hearing after falling ill, or fortunate enough to have never contracted the virus, become precious commodities to the deafened. Forms of slavery and indentured servitude develop as class systems take shape. Meanwhile, those born without hearing, the culturally deaf, are blamed for MNG-U and living endangered lives.
Check out this list of contributors, each strong talents in their respective roles, with whom I am proud to share this volume.
· Raven Dane – The Invisible Girl
· Stephanie Ellis – Babel Hour
· Kev Harrison – The Courier
· Tom Jeffery & Dave Jeffery – The First Samaritan
· A.S. MacKenzie – Shut Up, Donny
· John Palisano – The Platform
· Steve Stred – Do You Remember?
· J.A. Sullivan – Wolf Pit
· Morgan K Tanner – In the Midst of Monsters
· David Youngquist – I Live to Serve
Afterword by: Chris Kelso
Design by: Adrian Baldwin
Artwork by: Roberto Segate
Published by: DEMAIN PUBLISHING
I hope that you will support these artists by buying our book. And after you read A Silent Dystopia, give it a rating and honest review.