|Digital Repository at the University of Maryland
|University of Maryland (College Park, Md.)
|The stories in Underground Radio tell of life in all its forms, be it organic, mechanical, or incorporeal. By making use of the short short story, this collection encompasses the various ways life rises and falls and rises again. "Ascension," the story of a woman who spends her afterlife as an elevator, captures this rising and falling literally; "The Time My Back was on Television" and the science fiction "Batch 49" explore other life arcs, like the rise to fame and the approach of life's end. For characters in this collection, life does not end at death: stories like "Valedictorian of the Afterlife" and "Slow Fade" explore the potential conflicts that arise in a life after death. Underground Radio broadcasts stories populated by characters experiencing and enduring all stages of real, surreal, or alternate life.