Short Science Fiction Story Review – Chris Beckett – Rat Island
2013 Newcon Press – Spoiler alerts
A sad tale of the last days of life as we know it as all our efforts to go green, recycle and save the environment prove to be too little, too late.
A young man reminisces on his childhood, with photos of his family visiting London’s Piccadilly Circus in all its excess of burning neon. He notes that his father, predominant in the photos, knew the World is past saving, and that his Dad has committed suicide since. The young man considers taking his own life too.
The story ties in with other Beckett work, notably Atomic Truth earlier in the same collection (The Peacock Cloak), and serves as a simple heartfelt warning of an all too plausible future where putting the right bottle in the right bin won’t matter one jot or improve our survival chances one iota.