Vanishing Point by Michaela Roessner, the 1988 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer as well as a Crawford Award-winning author, is her standalone science fiction novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1993 by Tor Books. This is a dystopian thriller set in a world where a significant proportion of the population has abruptly disappeared for no obvious reason, leaving the survivors to try to cope and rebuild society while trying to discover what on earth actually happened and fending off encroaching fanaticism from those who believe they hold all the answers already.
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90% of the population have vanished.
This apocalypse has nothing to do with bombs or some eco-catastrophe…
The World’s population has simply disappeared.
People woke to find their lovers no longer beside them. Children woke to find their parents missing, parents woke to empty cribs. Neighbors found empty houses, empty apartment buildings. Civilization collapsed.
Three decades after the Vanishing, as it is called, the traumatized survivors are still trying to cope with loss and loneliness: some, like the destructive ’Bounders, gravitate toward religious fanaticism, thinking that the Vanishing was Judgement Day, while others preserve the memory of lost lives by maintaining their empty homes.
But all is not lost. Now, the inhabitants of the former Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California have reason to be optimistic, pulling together to rebuild a secure life in an altered world.
At the House, a young woman, Renzie, is part of a team rebuilding society and researching the Vanishing. From across country an elderly scientist, Nesta Easterman, arrives with new theories and new approaches. Between them, they might just be able to salvage a new world order from the rubble.
But can Renzie and Nesta vanquish the ’Bounders before all is truly lost forever?
Vanishing Point is a gripping dystopian thriller, fusing traditional science fiction with a unique twist on the human condition.