Short Story Readings

The two short stories that I chose to read were Finis and There Will Come Soft Rains. These two stories were definitely interesting. With Finis, I thought that the author drew the audience in by having a climax that was crazy. At first I thought the story started off a bit boring because I felt it had many unnecessary facts in it that were really related to the story fully. Once the story started to get going with what they thought was the new star, then it really caught my interest. With There Will Come Soft Rains, I was immediately interested because I did not know what was going on, all I knew immediately was that the house seemed like a smart house run by robotic things, like the cleaning mice. I think this story could have probably elaborated more on what had happened in the past because I found myself guessing what happened and not really knowing exactly what was happening in the story.

I think that both stories did a great job with their descriptions on things. As I read both stories, I was able to get an image in my head of what was happening because they each described everything so well. In Finis, I think the author did a good job of describing the main characters of the short story because I was able to create an image of them in my head and he gave them all different personalities, which I liked. In the other short story, the author didn’t really have any characters as it was mainly about what was going on in this house.

Overall, I really enjoyed both stories, but I think I liked Finis more. Just because I was able to understand what was happening and I stayed interested. I like when I am reading stories and the author explains everything and doesn’t leave the audience kind of in the dark. Of course, creating your own assumptions for stories can be good, but I feel that Finis was written exceptionally well and it kept the audience interested the entire time.

Apocalypse Starter Kit & Reading Reflections

I thought that End Day was pretty interesting, the cameraman needed a little bit of practice though. I thought that the apocalypse that were outlined in End Day, were pretty realistic in terms of them talking about it. Each one that was shown in the show is something that could potentially happen to our world.  While I was watching End Day, I just kept thinking that each situation could happen to us even though it is very unlikely. The scariest situation in my opinion was the contagious virus that was being spread throughout the world. People were getting hit with it and were dropping like flies. With the vaccinations that we have today, this probably won’t happen. It just seemed so realistic, because we always hear about little viruses going around, now imagine if they were as big as the one in End Day and people around just started dropping…pretty scary. 

In the Routledge SF article, I learned that some people think there is sexism in catastrophe fiction because the male is always the one who basically survives the whole thing. This article talked about how apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction were very popular due to the fact that people just found it really interesting. I believe that people also find it interesting because they might have a thought in their head that these things could potentially happen one day, even though it is highly unlikely.

I read the excerpt from the book “The Passage” by Justin Cronin. I thought it sounded intriguing and something that I would want to read the whole way through. I am not usually a fan of reading nonfiction books unless they seem really interesting and this is one of those books.