Kage Baker. The Books. (The Mammoth Book of Apocalyptic SF)

Evidently Baker’s last completed story before she died last year, and a fitting story to go out on.

A young boy is part of a travelling carnival show in a post-apocalyptic world. A lot of the interior of the US is arid desert, but life clings on by the coast, and indeed, the lights are just beginning to come back on. The joy of the story is the joy of the children who find themselves the time to explore a deserted city, and come across something called a … library.

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