In the near future, an experiment at the Large Hadron Collider causes an enormous explosion, known as the Collision. The blast flattens a huge chunk of central Europe and punches a massive hole in the Earth’s surface. Over the next decade, unspeakable horrors pour from the rift: vicious creatures with a taste for human flesh, a terrible scream that drives all who hear it insane, a phantom entity that feeds on fear and paranoia, and a nightmare train from the pits of hell, to name but a few. This onslaught of terror causes the collapse of civilization and threatens to wipe humanity from the planet.
World’s Collider is a unique concept in short fiction, where all eighteen original stories are part of a common narrative, recounting the disaster and its aftermath. A true novel by many voices, including Steven Savile, James Moran, Aaron Rosenberg, Trent Zelazny, Jonathan Green, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Kelly Hale, Richard Wright and a host of new talent.
Fifty million people died in the Collision. They were the lucky ones…
WORLD'S COLLIDER, edited by Richard Salter, has been out for several years, but this anthology is still one of my favorite sci-fi/horror collections.
"An anthology posing as a novel? Or possibly a novel posing as an anthology."
I highly recommend reading the intro first, which explains the concept behind this anthology and is nothing short of fantastic. Salter did an amazing job of putting it all together. World's Collider is not only the best anthology that I read in 2012, but it's one of the most remarkable story collections I've ever read.
The individual accounts within this anthology, written by multiple authors with diverse writing styles, with various POVs and locations, create a mind-blowing larger story about a dimensional rift that opens in the middle of Europe.
While it reminds me slightly of the presentation of World War Z, Salter takes it even further by constructing a novel with short stories written separately within the same setting. Salter's introduction explains his painstaking process.
The stories themselves will both terrify and thrill sci-fi and horror fans, describing mankind's struggle to survive the onslaught of demonic entities spilling into our world from the rift.
If you enjoy novels such as Craig DiLouie's Infection series, or Read the End First (edited by Suzanne Robb), you will relish the nightmares within the pages of World's Collider!