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Book Title: We Now Pause for Station Identification|
The author of the book: Gary A. Braunbeck
Edition: Endeavor Press
Date of issue: 2005
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I read this story in the anthology book The Living Dead, Volume 2 rather than the chapbook for a reading challenge. It was definitely notably different from other zombie stories. The perspective (radio host) reminded me a lot of Pontypool Changes Everything (I have only seen the movie version though the novel is on my to-read list) -- I actually seem to strangely enjoy stories involving radio stations, and I thought it was a great way to introduce a character that would realistically have a lot of broad perspective about the zombie phenomenon without being in a position of great power, so he's immediately a lot more relatable than the secret service agents and scientists and whatnot that populate a lot of zombie stories.
And then, of course, the nature of the zombies themselves is new and interesting and has given me something to think about. I thought that the philosophical bent that was attempted in it was kind of eye-roll inducing and strangely... inconsistent (potential spoiler: how can someone make an argument for materialism if the material seat of personhood is... decomposed? I feel like that was what he was trying to say, but it just doesn't make sense. I'm a serious materialist but being in a situation like that would definitely challenge that for me, though it seems to work in the opposite direction for the protagonist. I don't know. That really bothered me for some reason.)
It was also a little too short to really expand on everything I was interested in hearing about. And it seemed like it had just gotten to the good stuff when it ended like a page later. I know, I know. It's a short story. It just felt premature.
Overall solid, I liked it. I'd probably read it again, and I definitely at least like thinking about the world it presented and it was absolutely unsettling.
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Read information about the authorGary A. Braunbeck is a prolific author who writes mysteries, thrillers, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mainstream literature. He is the author of 19 books; his fiction has been translated into Japanese, French, Italian, Russian and German. Nearly 200 of his short stories have appeared in various publications.
His fiction has received several awards, including the Bram Stoker Award in 2003 for "Duty" and in 2005 for "We Now Pause for Station Identification"; his book Destinations Unknown won a Stoker in 2006. His novella "Kiss of the Mudman" received the International Horror Guild Award in 2005."
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