A speculative fiction short story about what happens to Dan after the oil industry suddenly collapses. Dan had a normal life and a normal job until the collapse. Now his life is anything but normal and his only job is survival. Civilization was almost entirely dependent on the oil industry and it fell apart when the oil industry collapsed. Dan is now, quite literally, picking up the pieces...
Earth, having ejected billions into space for work in the asteroid mining industry, controls the human race via the partial Dyson Sphere erected near the sun. Angered by his dependence upon earth controlled energy, one man aboard a small ship plans to change things. A genius by any measure, he has placed his fate and the fate of his unwitting crew in a radically imaginative propulsion technology.
Some time in the future, when the world has reverted to simpler values, Mara receives a letter from a very old friend. She left her village many years before when she married Bert and now she must leave him behind while she makes this difficult journey into the past.
Rafe Savaryn is in Venice writing a novel on the Renaissance, enjoying being alone after a devastating divorce. He's trying to answer the question, what makes societies fail? Then a stunningly beautiful woman walks into his life and leads him on a horrifying journey back to the Dark Ages where the answer to his question is revealed. He is shocked as he must make a choice no one should
What if the world fell asleep and only one person was awake. What would the last man on the planet do if everyone around him were like a still photograph. When Andy, a frustrated office worker awakens to find the world around him completely immobilized and in some kind of coma, he must find a way through the nightmare to survive and stay sane.