Today I'm taking part in the A is for Apocalypse blog train as part of the anthology's launch celebrations. Yesterday, Ceallaigh MacCath (who contributed N Is for Nanomachine) wrote a post and tomorrow the baton is passed to Milo James Fowler (author of C is for Coyote). But today, I get to talk apocalypses.
A is for Apocalypse catalogues many different ways in which the world might end. Monsters, meteorites, floods, wars, pandemics - you name it. But wait a minute - actually none of these (with the possible exception of a really big meteorite) could bring about the end of the world (the original sense of the word "apocalypse"). They could bring about the end of humanity, sure, but most likely the planet would survive any such mass extinction and move on. Hell, life would survive and move on. It's happened before, numerous times. A meteorite strike triggers a nuclear winter and the dinosaurs, masters of the Earth for millions of years, are suddenly history.
If homo sapiens was to go the same way, some other species would take advantage and fill the ecological niche. Insects? Viruses? Pandas? OK, probably not pandas. The point is this: most of what we, with our human-centric mindset, consider an apocalypse isn't any such thing. The Earth has been here a long time, seen a lot of species come and go. In fact it's calculated that 99.9% of all species that have ever existed on our planet are now extinct. If we were to die out, we'd merely be the latest entry on a long list.
So, enjoy life while you can! And what better way than to read the twenty-six fine fictions contained within A is for Apocalypse...