Live-Tweeting the Apocalypse by Ian Creasey is strangely not a story about the end of the world. It’s instead a story about the tiny tragedies of the apocalypse, about the whimpers that go unheard for the massive BANG.
Gotterdammerung, fire and brimstone, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, a thousand years of darkness, cats and dogs living together, MASS HYSTERIA!
And even then, someone’s on his phone or his tablet or his computer, banging out 140 characters with every glance outside his window. You gotta know your priorities, man.
Live-Tweeting the Apocalypse is an odd little number that I really loved, despite its odd format. I do not personally harbor any great love for twitter’s high-speed message exchange, but Mister Casey did his best in utilizing those 140 characters to the best effect.
But the real genius of this story doesn’t really rely so much on its format, as much as it is how it succeeds in pulling three things off at once: establishing a character and a romance…check. Presenting different outlines and religious outbursts in those final moments…check. Giving you food for thought thanks to its satisfying payoff…check.
Live-Tweeting won’t take too much of your time, being a fun and interesting read and all and besides, we could all learn something from trying out new storytelling approaches.
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- Ian Creasey is a science fiction writer of short stories. You can find more of his stuff here.
- Twitter sounds like a terrible place to spend the apocalypse, but then again there aren’t that many noteworthy alternatives.
- Ian Creasey has convinced me that the best stories about the end of the world have nothing to do with it.
- You can find this story online at the website dailysciencefiction.com, here.
Konstantine Paradias is a Greek science fiction and fantasy writer. He has a blog, called Shapescapes (shapescapes). There, you can find comic book and movie reviews, a collection of his short stories as well as lots of other (slightly unrelated) articles to while away the time. When he was a kid, he wanted to be a supervillain because he like, didn’t need your laws, man. He got over it when he got older.
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