A4 contributor Steev Gillies ruminates on life at the end of the world. Conclusion: humor is essential and so is being the fiercest cannibal on the ruined streets of Pittsburgh.
Steev was born in Brazil but mostly grew up in the town in Alabama that has Space Camp. Artifice 4 contains his first published fiction, although his writing has appeared in The AV Club and the American Journal of Orthopedics. Also, The Believer once published an essay calling his great-great-great grandfather “quite possibly the greatest failure that ever lived.” So there’s that.
1. Preferred type of apocalypse (plague, nuclear holocaust, ice age, etc.):
I grew up figuring it would be nuclear. I guess I’d want to be proven right?
2. Preferred post-apocalyptic city:
Well, I live in Pittsburgh and tend to agree with the majority of Hollywood location scouts.