Cook, Diane

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(?   -    ) US author whose short stories, assembled as Man v Nature (coll 2014); it is a title which clearly manifests a twenty-first century sense that Homo sapiens's occupancy of the planet, and of our claims to pre-emptive Identity, are both fragile. The title story, set on a lifeboat in a vast expanse of ocean, follows the three survivors' attempts to make sense of the End of the World by imagining themselves creating a Television reality show. A similar apocalypse lurks outside the house, in "The Way the End of Days Should Be", where a single survivor contemplates oblivion. Ruthlessly graceful, sometimes absurdist (see Absurdist SF), her work is healthily reminiscent of authors like Italo Calvino or George Saunders. [JC]

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