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Appalling Stories II - A Review
Apalling Stories II – a Review
I haven't read the first Apalling Stories, but do intend to rectify that. This is an anthology of short speculative fiction, all linked thematically by the insanity of political correctness and so-called "social justice." Some of them are set off-world, some take place in Earth's future, while others are pretty close to the space-time you and I occupy. An argument could be made that some of the stories are depressing--like classic episodes of The Twilight Zone. At the same time, there's no denying a significant element of gratification derives from following the character arc of the SJWs who outsmart themselves, feed on each other, and otherwise are hoisted on their own petards. It's immensely frustrating to exist in this reality wherein the wicked prosper...where there seems to be no limit to their stupidity, depravity, or hypocrisy...yet never suffer the consequences of same. And the "champions" of our side either cower in the face of evil, or betray us outright. Each story is well-written, by authors including the newest addition to the Virtual Pulp blog lineup, Paul Hair. One age-old purpose of fiction is to present alternatives or possibilities--how it could be in a better world. Apalling Stories 2 shows us (often with delightful irony) what it might look like if "social justice" vermin experienced actual justice.