What happens when resources become scarce and society starts to crumble? As the competition for resources pulls America's previously stable society apart, the "New Normal" is a Soft Apocalypse. This is how our world ends; with a whimper instead of a bang.
New social structures and tribal connections spring up across America, as the previous social structures begin to dissolve. Soft Apocalypse follows the journey across the Southeast of a tribe of formerly middleclass Americans as they struggle to find a place for themselves and their children in a new, dangerous world that still carries the ghostly echoes of their previous lives.
"It's so hard to believe." Colin said as we crossed the steaming, empty parking lot toward the bowling alley."
"That we're poor. That we're homeless."
"I mean, we have college degrees," he said.
"I know," I said.
There was an ancient miniature golf course choked in weeds alongside the bowling alley. The Astroturf had completely rotted away in places. The windmill had one spoke. We looked it over for a minute (both of us had once been avid mini golfers), then continued toward the door. "By the way," I added. "We're hot homeless, we're nomads. Keep your labels straight."
"Soft Apocalypse isn't about a bunch of cold-eyed survivalists taming the holocaust with guns and skill, it's about a group of ordinary people confronted by the fall of their own civilization, struggling not just for survival, but for their own humanity." —Walter Jon Williams, author of Hardwired and This is Not a Game
"Compelling, terrifying, and eerie, this is one story you will want to stop reading but you just won't be able to." —David Wellington, author of Monster Island
"Time and again, Will McIntosh's fiction offers tantalizing and rewarding surprises while warmly engaging the reader's heart and mind." —Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov's Science Fiction
"McIntosh's harrowing and poignant tale of survival, death, and dating in The Collapse left more fearing the future like never before. Time to start stocking up on drinking water and machetes." —Jon Armstrong, author of Yarn