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May 25, 2021
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This is the way the world ends. Not with a bang, but a whatever.
The whateverpocalypse. That’s what Touré, a twenty-something Cambridge coder, calls it after waking up one morning to find himself seemingly the only person left in the city. Once he finds Robbie and Carol, two equally disoriented Harvard freshmen, he realizes he isn’t alone, but the name sticks: Whateverpocalypse. But it doesn’t explain where everyone went. It doesn’t explain how the city became overgrown with vegetation in the space of a night. Or how wild animals with no fear of humans came to roam the streets.
Add freakish weather to the mix, swings of temperature that spawn tornadoes one minute and snowstorms the next, and it seems things can’t get much weirder. Yet even as a handful of new survivors appear—Paul, a preacher as quick with a gun as a Bible verse; Win, a young professional with a horse; Bethany, a thirteen-year-old juvenile delinquent; and Ananda, an MIT astrophysics adjunct—life in Cambridge, Massachusetts gets stranger and stranger.
The self-styled Apocalypse Seven are tired of questions with no answers. Tired of being hunted by things seen and unseen. Now, armed with curiosity, desperation, a shotgun, and a bow, they become the hunters. And that’s when things truly get weird.
*Ten Ways to Get Inspired to Write*
I had nothing else going on.
No seriously. I have to plan to have days where I have nothing else to do in order to write. Boredom is a huge motivator.
I solve a problem with my work-in-progress in my head that has to be added to the manuscript immediately.
I’ve come up with a wonderful bit of dialogue, but it’s four scenes away and I need to write my way to it first.
I quite desperately want to know how this story is going to end.
I want to make the nightmares to go away. You might think it sounds as if I need therapy and you’re not wrong, but for now just know that if I go too long without writing I get really bad nightmares.
Related to the nightmares, I’d like to get a good night’s sleep again. I will continue to “write” in my head rather than sleep, which sometimes means I don’t get any writing done the next day because I’m too tired, and then I’m writing in my head again that night because I didn’t get to commit any of what was in my head to the page and I’m not sleeping. It’s a vicious circle.
The threat of poverty if I don’t write is pretty strong.
I’ve made certain promises to my readers, like, “I will finish this series.”
There is a beautiful, perfect version of the story that exists in my mind and nowhere else. I can almost guarantee that when it’s committed to text it won’t be as beautiful and perfect as I’d hoped, but I would like to get as close to it as possible.
Praise for The Apocalypse Seven
“Doucette’s ’seven’ aren’t just 'magnificent'—they're also entertaining as hell.” —Scott Sigler, New York Times bestselling author of the Infected Trilogy
"The adventure I've been looking for! Never once did I know what to expect, and I loved being proved wrong at every turn. Far more mind-bending than a book this fun has any right to be." —Zack Jordan, author of The Last Human
“[A] riveting postapocalyptic outing… Doucette’s vibrant prose and unique premise make for an enticing adventure.” —Publishers Weekly
“A cinematic, speculative exercise in which a ragtag band saves the world, kind of.” —Kirkus Reviews
**About the Author**
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Gene Doucette is the author of more than twenty sci-fi and fantasy titles, including The Spaceship Next Door and The Frequency of Aliens, the Immortal series, Fixer and Fixer Redux, Unfiction, and the Tandemstar books.
Gene lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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