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The Komatsu Wombat and the Fantastical Anticlimax by pixelnyx

Apocalypse? What apocalypse? 

The global community reels with the discovery of impending apocalypse – but even the sky falling can’t keep a good storyteller down. This is a future Australia where waiting for the end of the world has become a bit of a bore.

Set in Kalgoorlie’s SuperPit, grunt-level miner Katashi meets Arunta, the long-legged ruck rover of his dreams. Happily unreliable, Katashi tells his and Arunta’s story from before, through and after the end of the world.

A shade away from satire, this novella explores an anti-apocalypse genre, with apocalyptic and dystopian themes thriving smack bang in the middle of a constructed suburbia.

Note: The Komatsu Wombat and the Fantastical Anticlimax contains some graphic sexual content and harsh language.


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Listed: May 12, 2010

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By Linda Schoales, editor

May 11, 2010: The first chapter is well-written. The voices of the characters are distinctive and remind me of Australians I’ve met in the past. The harshness of the working conditions comes through, although the back story is a bit sparse so far.

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Waiting for the End of the World

By G.S. Williams, author of The Surprising Life and Death of Diggory Franklin

May 12, 2010: "The Komatsu Wombat and the Fantastical Anti-climax" is an interesting story. Set in the future, Katashi the narrator relates how the world found out it was going to be hit by dense space-rock, called "The Alien," and so the planet starts to prepare for the worst.

Katashi and his friend and lover Arunta are miners, digging an underground city so Australians can survive the crash. The narrative is scattered and messy, using numbers like 1 and 20 when it would be appropriate to write one and twenty, for example. The lack of grammar comes across as appropriate, however, given that Katashi is almost a hundred years old as a narrator, lives underground, and didn’t have much of an education.

If you can accept that a senior citizen would tell a story out of order, the narrative actually becomes interesting. Katashi has humour and a no-nonsense perspective on life. Growing up certain that the world was going to end, he can accept that some people rioted, and others went to brothels. It looks like human nature in the face of disaster, nothing to be suprised about.

It’s a gritty look at how humanity deals with crisis, and on how we make our lives matter even when we think it’s all about to end.

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