September 11, 2001 is a day that’s never going away. Our kids will grow up hearing us tell our “where we were” stories that day; families have been forever changed. Sequential artists and writers have given us some intense interpretation of our post-9/11 world, not the least of which include Brian Wood’s Vertigo book, DMZ, and Marvel’s Civil War. Art Spiegelman gave us In the Shadow of No Towers. Now, we turn our eye to speculative fiction and how novelists look at the post-9/11 world with In the Shadow of the Towers: Speculative Fiction in a Post-9/11 World, edited by Douglas Lain.
Containing 18 stories by such literary heavy-hitters as Cory Doctorow, Jack Ketchum, and Jeff Vandermeer, In the Shadow of the Towers offers readers stories dealing with the dead of 9/11, reaction and repetition, the new normal, and civilization going into the future. Stories like Richard Bowes’ “There’s a Hole in the City” blend ghost stories with the pain of absence and memory; Cory Doctorow contributes an excerpt from his novel, Little Brother; Kris Saknussemm’s “Beyond the Flags” gives an adulterer his comeuppance when the towers fall in a heart-rending, mind-bending fashion.
There’s a lot to read here, and some of it is pretty out there – it’s speculative fiction, after all. If you’re a speculative fiction fan and an anthology fan, this is a great add to your collection. If, like me, you’re still searching for meaning in the comfort of fiction, you’ll find some stories that resonate here.
In the Shadow of the Towers is available in stores on September 1. Or pre-order your copy at Amazon.com
IN THE SHADOW OF THE TOWERS
Edited by Douglas Lain
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Format: Trade Paperback
On-Sale: September 1, 2015