Lost Everything’s Brian Francis Slattery on Why He Wouldn’t Do His Omni Homework

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Brian Francis Slattery’s new novel is described as an “incandescent and thrilling post-apocalyptic tale in the vein of 1984 or The Road. In the not-distant-enough future, a man takes a boat trip up the Susquehanna River with his most trusted friend, intent on reuniting with his son. But the man is pursued by an army, and his own harrowing past; and the familiar American landscape has been savaged by war and climate change until it is nearly unrecognizable.” This description gave me what I thought was a brilliant idea: why not ask Slattery to write a list of reasons why the novel was actually upbeat, a chance to focus on small victories, perhaps. But Slattery had other ideas, being a bit of an iconoclast… - Jeff VanderMeer

 

Three Reasons Why I Didn’t Complete the Assignment by Brian Francis Slattery

 

Lost Everything, as the title implies, has a pretty sad premise. In it, the America we know is visited first by climate change, and then the political and social fallout that follows—the massive instability that, I think, could happen when the land, sea, and air change dramatically. When cities that used to be there aren’t any more. When things don’t work any more, at all. When plants don’t grow where they used to grow, and new plants and animals move in. When, as George Carlin said would happen at some point, the world decides to shake us off like a bad case of fleas.

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