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Society was an exquisite thing; we love it all the more now that it is gone, August 30, 2021
Having previously read Summit, I was hoping for something good from Phantom Williams, and got it - not a story, but hundreds of fragments of stories, from hundreds of ruined civilisations.
There is something reminiscent of Jorge Luis Borges here, or Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities: instead of telling the entire story of a single world, why not take that idea to its logical conclusion and present only the fragments that would survive from such an event?
Many of the fragments are eerie, some are beautiful, others are a little disturbing. Some don't quite seem to qualify as apocalypses. But all leave you wondering: what happened here?
This is best read in bits and pieces, over a long period of time, and without any strategy, but simply by wandering from one passage to another.
(If you were wondering, the title quote comes from Apocalypse 189)