The Left Left Behind: Sacramento Book Review
By Glenn Dallas
Sacramento Book Review
January 12, 2010
Terry Bisson is one of the sharpest short story writers in science fiction today. Under his watchful eye, the country of England has journeyed across the ocean, Death has taken a vacation, and insightful ATMs have offered advice to their customers.
Now he tackles the Left Behind series with his tongue-in-cheek satire The Left Left Behind, a look at a world where born-agains, afternoon talk show hosts, world leaders, CEOs, celebrities, and right-wingers have been raptured, and a small group of survivors forms a band while they ride out the Tribulation. Bisson spins the entire genre on its head with his ending, offering more than a few laughs along the way.
Also included is Special Relativity, a one-act play where Albert Einstein, Paul Robeson, and J. Edgar Hoover find themselves at a political rally. The mix of politics and prejudices make for an enjoyable and slightly anarchic read.
Concluding with an interview with Bisson, The Left Left Behind captures the rebellious spirit and creative vision handily, even if the stories featured aren't among the author's best.