The System Apocalypse Short Story Anthology, Volume 1

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A bounty hunting survivor. A Galactic dark elf. A woman who has given up her humanity to become something more.

These stories and more are available in the first short story anthology for the System Apocalypse, covering year one on Earth. When the world ends, humanity steps up, finding new ways to survive in a world with classes, magic, and monsters. The anthology features exciting, new stories by five new writers and a new, never publicly released short story by Tao Wong. 

The System Apocalypse world was first introduced in 'Life in the North' and is a LitRPG science fiction and fantasy post-apocalyptic work that features monsters, science fiction technology, character sheets, supernatural races and ancient myths in one heady, LitRPG brew

Stories and writers featured in this anthology include: 

Craig Hamilton - "Hunting Monsters" has our protagonist doing what he does best. Finding those who would exploit the System and the people within. Except this time, there are even more complications than normal.

Alexis Keane - "Tooth and Claw" is a heart-warming tale of friendship that knows no bounds of race or distance.

Ix Phoen - "Rebel Within" tells a tale of hardship in South America, where the monsters are not always the ones outside the walls. 

Tao Wong - “Debts & Dances” covers the arrival of the System from the perspective of our favorite Truinnar Lord. 

R.K. Billiau - “Phoenix Rising” covers an unconventional hero, one whose mind is slipping from him before the apocalypse. Will the apocalypse be his salvation? Or doom? 

L.A. Batt - “Overture to Obliteration” brings us to far-off New Zealand to glimpse the wreckage the System has wrought.

©2019 Tao Wong (P)2020 Tao Wong

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A fun diversion

A nice dive into other stories. We explore some different classes and locations. The noir detective and the new Zealand were the most fun in my opinion.

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I enjoyed the various points view

I couldn't really get into Tooth & Claw or Debts and Dances but overall the collection is great.
It's good to see inclusions from around the world. I hope to read more from Craig Hamilton and L.A Batt.

Keep up the good work!

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Love this setting, and this does not disappoint!

This series is a great one, and one of the pillars of the LitRPG genre. This set of short stories does not disappoint either!

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  • A Gurney
  • 03-04-20

My First LitRPG Book, Literally

This was a really good introduction into the world of The System Apocalypse, providing a variety of viewpoints to explain what's happened, how it came to be and how different people coped with the terrifying change the world has undergone.

There were three stories which really stood out for me, in the order that they occur:

Tooth and Claw - A surprising perspective, it's not just us human's who get to benefit. The nice touch of an ever-improving internal dialogue, as the story progresses, provides the non-verbal indication of the protagonist's progress.

Phoenix Rising - A devastating illness becomes a potential boon, an intriguing premise which I'd really like to read more of.

Overture to Obliteration - Hands up, I was given a promotional code by the author of this particular story, thanks Luke! So, it's with hand on heart (yeah, I took one of them back down to do that) I can say I've not laughed so much at any other audiobook, the story and protagonist are just insane. Again, would really like to read more of it.

So, am I going to read Tao Wong's series of stories? I'm not sure. His contribution to this collection absolutely helped tie everything together, but in some ways it felt a little slight, full of information but everything seemed effortless, too full of superlatives.

What I'd like to see is a shared universe series, with other writers working on their own tales but guided by Tao's concepts; whether that's complete standalone novels, or ongoing collections of short stories, I suspect would come down to the determination of the authors involved. I hope that they have been rewarded enough to do so!

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  • Alex
  • 02-03-20

Can't wait for more

I hope these get fleshed out more. Enjoyed most of them. Perhaps after a time skip with flashbacks? Could also do with Nick Podel narrating I think. or at least just 1 narrator but that's just personal preference.

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