Tobias S. Buckell, "Waiting for the Zephyr"

A young woman awaits the return of the trade ship, which represents an escape from her boring outpost life.

(from Wasteland)

This is a short one, a teensy lil adventure story about hope and curiosity, but not really about the apocalypse. I mean, there was one, but people seem to have come to terms with it, in a way. There’s an implied stability.
What Happened: Oh, you know, war. The Middle East was nuked, as was Europe. America had to learn to live without gas.
6. Most countries, one assumes, have been wiped off the map. Good ol U.S.A. is still around, but fragmented and strange.
Looks like you can go here and have this story read to you.

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