Sam J. Miller. Last Gods. (Drowned Worlds, 2016)

I’ve read a number of Miller’s stories in the last couple of years and have been very impressed. He’s a young author with energy, and a worldview that is very much of the 21st century.

It’s taken from an anthology of stories set in ‘futures wracked by the deluge’, and edited by Jonathan Strahan, but I read this in Neil Clarkes’ ‘The Best Science Fiction of the Year, Volume 2‘.

Miller posits a post-something near future Earth with little land left, and with many of those humans which have survived seeing the creatures of the sea as deities.

Miller has often featured non-CIS characters (mostly gay/bi males), but here he features a young woman, but with problems to overcome – lacking arms, but having a big crush on the other main protagonist. There’s a journey to be taken, decisions to be made, there are some revelations, and an ending that eschews a happy conclusion. Another strong story from Miller.

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