Best story in this all-armageddon book so far. Why? Onpage apocalypse. As in: We get to experience it happening. All the other stories so far were this-is-the-strange-new-world kinda thing, where all the death and destruction were in the past, usually waaaay in the past. Okay, it’s told from the perspective of a bunch of tech nerds trapped in a building and interacting via IM with out nerds similarly locked away from the disaster, but still. It’s all normal that morning and then, soon enough, the world is unrecognizable. I really dug the author’s unflinching use of IT lingo, most of which I didn’t know but was able to glean from context. A totally fun and entertaining and inventive story.
What Happened: A computer virus attacks the web. Real virus attacks the people. Something’s blowing up buildings. Craziness.
Destruct-O-Meter: 5. It’s a thorough armageddon — three levels deep — but people are still out there getting by, in a way.