Not with a Bang

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Fans of Douglas Adams, Terry Pratchett, etc. will enjoy this short comedy, in which the last two men alive happen upon an average, run of the mill, garden-variety garden; all the real estate that remains of their shattered planet. Without a representative from the fairer sex, the human race is doomed to extinction. Unfortunately, even a deus ex machina can only do so much... More

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Review by: Jimi Ripley on June 28, 2011 :
Not with a Bang, by A. Andrew Tantia, is funny, irreverent, and poignant.

Set in an ordinary extraordinary garden, the story is a short comedy featuring John Wayne (no relation) and Robin (who inexplicably has no last name). "This otherwise unremarkable patch of land had perhaps just one distinguishing characteristic: it was the last garden left from what had formerly been the planet Earth and was now instead the loose collection of rocks and debris Earth."

Faced with being the last men alive ("two Adams and no Eve"), they prepare their last words: "The world began with a garden. How appropriate that it should end in one." A thundering voice halts them as they are about to end it all. MAL, their self-aware space ship, offers an alternative, and a confession.

I will stop here at describing the plot. Rest assured, the fun continues all the way to the end.

At first, I paused often to pay picky attention to the over-done dialogue attributions (use of excessive synonyms for "said" is a pet peeve), but as the story progressed I was able to forgive the majority of these distractions.

I recommend this story with the above-noted reservation. This is a fun read for those who enjoy comedy science fiction with an end-of-the world bang.
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Review by: E. Miranda Hernandez on June 1, 2011 :
"The world began in a garden. How appropriate that it should end in one."

Astronauts Robin and John are the last two survivors of the human race, stranded on a chunk of rock left after the callous destruction of the planet Earth. Will the human race die with them? Or does someone have a different plan?

Short, sweet, hilarious, and slightly odd, this story does not disappoint in its comparison to the Douglas Adams brand of sci-fi. If you like Hitchhiker, you'll enjoy this quick read.
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