I’ll confess sensitive and carefully written character studies of people stuck in near-future zombie dystopias is not really my genre, but McHugh is masterful at it. After the Apocalypse by Maureen McHugh. “Special Economics,” about production organization in a near-future (or alt-reality) China, just plausible enough, would be a good teaching short story. “Useless Thing,” is also a very sadly au courant short story about how ordinary people will likely handle social disruption.
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