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By Paul Di Filippo

Frank Lazorg's long gone mad! The dean of the myth artwork illustrators has reached his finish: his artistic powers have abandoned him.

Then an odd new drug gives you to reinvigorate him, either as guy and artist. however the substance quickly leads to insanity, plunging Frank right into a global inhabited through vast parodies of humanity. but this new measurement has its personal delights, as Frank quickly discovers whilst he meets the feminine alien referred to as Crutchsump!

A technology fiction experience of brain and physique. AFTER THE cave in: tales FROM GREENHOUSE EARTH, by means of Paul Di Filippo. From the swarming redoubts of the polar areas, the place humanity huddles from the savage warmth of Greenhouse Earth, to the dusty refugee camps of a shattered the United States, listed here are six riveting stories of lifestyles throughout the hard-luck occasions of a post-holocaust planet.

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