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Missives from the Green Campaign
David Michael Armstrong

The Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Prize

2017 • 64 pp. 5 1/2 x 7"
Military Fantasy Fiction / Magical Realism Fiction / Coming of Age Fiction

$6.95 Paperback, 978-1-63243-044-1

An environmentalist military coming-of-age story askance of the real

Selected by Brian Evenson as winner of the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Prize

In a future short on fossil fuels and flora, the military compels its soldiers to carry houseplants wherever they go. To allow a plant to die is treason. Hershel Boyd is by all accounts a poor soldier, a frail, overeducated believer in the fading freedoms of a dying country. The narrator, a fellow recruit, makes it his mission to protect Hershel against all dangers. From the hazings of basic training to a botched invasion of the rainforests of South America, the two men must fight for a future where hope, not savagery, still springs eternal in the human breast.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Like a kind of environmental reworking of Matt Derby’s ‘The Sound Gun’ or Craig Padawer’s ‘The Meat Garden,’ Missives takes a military coming of age story and torques it into something absurd—and yet, it remains human and moving. It refuses to play realism’s game, but still offers more of realism’s payoff than most so-called realistic stories.”—Brian Evenson, judge of the Omnidawn Fabulist Fiction Prize

DAVID ARMSTRONG is the author of the story collections Going Anywhere and Reiterations (forthcoming in 2017). His stories have appeared in publications such as The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Narrative Magazine, Iron Horse Literary Review, and won several awards. He is a professor of creative writing at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas, where he lives with his wife and son.

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:31:16 -0500