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A hungry alien substance has traveled to Earth following a doomed Lunar mission. No life form stands a chance, but Clyde Jackson is tougher than most. He's seen war and he's been in plenty of foxholes. Now he's living through the end of the world one day at a time in a panic room that has become his only refuge.

Originally featured in The Absent Willow Review, "Dust" is the
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Nook, Nook Edition, 22 pages
Published January 16th 2011 by Allison M. Dickson, via Smashwords
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Bethica
Dec 08, 2011 Bethica rated it it was amazing
Wow does this girl have talent! This book takes the darkness of the apocolypse and jerks your heartstrings for the poor fool locked in his own safe bunker. Definately worth the read!
MsBDiamondDiva1
Mar 09, 2012 MsBDiamondDiva1 rated it really liked it
I so love this story!!! :-) I usually don't read alien invasion books, but this short story was really good and I can't wait to read more from this author!!!
Sato
Jan 04, 2012 Sato rated it it was amazing
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rameau
A chilling tale of how the world can end, not in ice or in fire, but buried in dust. If there's a page-turner, it's this one.

It's free on Amazon. Don't walk, run. And read.
Dustin
Jan 31, 2012 Dustin rated it it was amazing
Very cool short story/novella. Loved the concept, characters and the ability to give a lot of background and depth to the main character within a short piece of fiction.
Kasia Hubbard
Dec 28, 2011 Kasia Hubbard rated it it was amazing
Really quick read about dangerous dust travelling back from the moon. Though it's really short, it was a really interesting concept. Really liked it.
Jennifer
Jan 31, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Awesome short story. I read if over a lunch break. Cool idea. Interesting writing style. Downloaded it for free for my e-book. Check it out!
Jennifer
Jan 27, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
so short... I want more... :)
Dan
Nov 14, 2014 Dan rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sci-Fi heads
Well you can color me shocked. Truly. Science Fiction fan that I am, I’ve read anthology after anthology of short sci-fi stories over more the eons and never, not once, have I run into a short story that was, all at the same time, relatable, coherent, and creative enough to hold my interest.

Until now.

I’ll be honest, I’d have never read another short story except I made an exception because the author is a friend of mine. Cranky, curmudgeonly critic that I am, I’ve had this short story on my Kind
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Karen
Oct 22, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, apocalypse
This is a seriously short story and can be read in less than an hour, though I took longer. This was a well written short for me because I felt like a part of what was going on. I could feel things closing in as things greyed out. References to events that I had actually seen as a child made it that more personal for me. Though you may not get to know the main character as well as you lke you understand him enough and get his motivations.

Clyde Jackson builds a bunker after the attack on the twin
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Robert Wilson
Mar 28, 2012 Robert Wilson rated it it was amazing
Some friends of mine have been telling me for a while I needed to read this story. As the Editor in Chief of a fledgling small dark fiction press, a freelance editor, and a writer myself, my reading for pleasure time is few and far between. But I finally made my way to this one last night.

Dust by Allison M. Dickson is a prime example of science fiction crossing with horror to make a powerful dread-inducing yet emotionally powerful human story. I couldn't put this down from beginning to end and h
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Mindy
Oct 09, 2012 Mindy rated it it was amazing
I typically don't write anything in this, "What did you think?" box, but today I discovered something. I discovered that I want you to read this! You, yes you! The person reading my opinion on this ebook. It was a quick read, I pushed through it in 20 minutes, but it's got the wheels in my mind turning about so many different things. (view spoiler) ...more
Fred
Jan 12, 2012 Fred rated it liked it
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Normally I'm all over the post apocalyptic fiction but this short story didn't do it for me. There wasn't enough going on. The whole thing was a narrative explanation explaining the events that led to the end of the world as told by a normal guy who had locked himself in a panic room. I'm just not a fan of the narrative-writing-a-note-in-case-someone-finds-it bit, this isn't the only story that I have read that tried for that and failed. In fact the only one that I have ever read that succeeded ...more
Gretchen
A short but powerful read. The world is quickly falling prey to an alien dust. Clyde is left alone in his panic room to reminisce about the events that brought him there, but how long can he hold out?

This is one of those stories that sticks with you. The hopelessness of Clyde's situation is present in every word, but the text never feels heavy or overwrought. Simply but beautifully written.
Laura
Apr 24, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
I was suggested this story by an author I follow and I'm quite impressed. Dust is a quick read, well-written, and quite amazing. Planning on downloading everything by this author. If I could give ten stars, I would.
Kevis Hendrickson
May 17, 2012 Kevis Hendrickson rated it really liked it
Another great story by Ms. Dickson. I'm really impressed with her work. Her writing is top notch and her imagination limitless. Looks like I have another new favorite author.
Vincent Hobbes
Nov 17, 2011 Vincent Hobbes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best short story I've read in months. I downloaded this last night and raced through it. Excellent story, and even better writing. I'll be keeping a close eye on this author.

-Vincent
Vex
May 18, 2012 Vex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm such a sucker for "end of the world" stories. Especially ones involving alien intervention. So naturally, I didn't even need to finish reading the description to know I wanted to read this. I got as far as "A hungry alien substance has traveled to Earth following a doomed Lunar mission", and hit the download button.

Those who know me, know that I hugely prefer print books to digital books. It's not even a competition. But I have to admit that I have stumbled across some pretty neat books tha
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Stephanie (Bookfever.♥)
Jul 10, 2013 Stephanie (Bookfever.♥) rated it really liked it
Wow! Dust wasn't at all what I expected but I really liked it nontheless. I'm not sure what I expected but it was better than I thought it would be because a lot of short stories aren't this good.

I love stories that revolve around the end of the world as we know it and have to do with aliens or alien substances. Why? Because I feel like these kind of things could happen at any time.

The author, Allison M. Dickson's writing was so good. It was really powerful and well-written which makes me want
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Christine
Mar 10, 2014 Christine rated it it was amazing
Apocalyptic and Disaster tales rank high as some of my favorite genres and though I'm hesitant to take a chance on books without reviews, I'm glad I did in this instance. "Dust" surpassed my expectations ten-fold.

It's hard to review a short without giving too much away, so I'll stick to what grabbed me. I liked that the main character came to life quickly and that we learn a lot about him in a way that doesn't feel forced. Everything, from the setting to the dialogue, was so well written, that i
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Vix
Jul 22, 2013 Vix rated it it was amazing
Straight into the story, the background pieces are filled in as the narrator, Clyde, tells us what is going on. With casual comments he drops in how His world fell apart and then the World literally fell apart. Harrowing in its unceremoniousness way of departing information, I blinked and reread a few times to fully grasp what was going on.
The continuing monologue explains why “they” went to the Moon and what then occurred, to leave poor Clyde trapped in his bunker.
Such loneliness is hard to sto
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Patrick
Jun 29, 2012 Patrick rated it liked it
Being an enthusiast in the fields of science fiction, Dust captured my interest because of its intriguing plot. It is about a man trapped inside his safe haven as the world outside begins to be razed out by the precarious dust thought to be brought from the moon by space explorers.

The story was well-written and worthy of note. I love the fact that in the threshold of 22 pages, Ms. Dickson was able to take down the ruminations of Mr. Clyde Jackson and the underlying principle behind the lethal l
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Joanne
Jan 03, 2013 Joanne rated it really liked it
This story is a great short apocalyptic read! Clyde Jackson tells the tale of how the "dust" came to infect the earth, killing every living thing, while sitting in the Terror Attack Resistant Room he had built, over his now ex-wife's objections following the death of their daughter. Clyde is a Vietnam veteran, and the story told from his viewpoint was a gripping read with great writing, which I was surprised to find in such a short story! I liked it so much that I got another short story by her, ...more
Jennifer
Jun 02, 2013 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had very high expectations for this short story and Ms. Dickson did not disappoint. I won't repeat the other reviewers, but I found it interesting that many of the less-than-five-star reviews go on to tell you what an amazing story this is - because it is. Definitely worth the short amount of time it takes to read it. Exciting, thought-provoking, timely, timeless. No doubt it deserves 5-stars. I expect this story to stand the test of time. Way to go, Ms. Dickson - another gem.
Michelle
This is one of the best short stories I've ever read. Brilliant, moving, thoughtful, and compelling. It drew me in and left me a little breathless. It could hold its own in a Bradbury collection.

UPDATE: I just read the revised edition. I must confessed I was a bit worried about it since I loved the original so much. My only complaint is that since I've already given it 5 stars, I've got no way to reflect how much I love the updated version.
Y.I. Lee
Jan 24, 2014 Y.I. Lee rated it it was amazing
Dust is brilliant! It's a short story, and on reflection probably just as well, due to the tension it engenders. It's a unique story! Well written and fast paced. It certainly makes you think. When I'd finished it, I found myself trying to figure out the best place to hide, if such a frightening scenario should happen in the here and now...scary thought.
Great story, I loved it.
Cheri
Jan 16, 2013 Cheri rated it liked it
This was a powerfully written short story. Considering how extremely short it is (17 pages), I'm afraid that if I say too much in a review it will be a spoiler. I'll suffice to say that this is an "end of the world story" that does a great job getting us into the life of our protagonist but somehow feels unsatisfying.
Shane
May 17, 2014 Shane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good short story

Dust was a good read. Shorter than I would like, but very enjoyable overall. If Ms. Dickson had expanded the ending a bit, I would have given it a five-star rating. That being said, I would recommend Dust to any SciFi/Post Apocalyptic fans looking for a quick read.
Jessie
Feb 24, 2014 Jessie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book

honestly, it's not a book but a really great short story.. I wish it was a little longer but not a whole novel cause based on the concept , it doesn't seem like life could really last for more then a year. I would still strongly recommend anyone to 'read this.. such ideas can become 'reality..
Flower
More of a short story than a book, that is one thing about getting a digital book you just don't know. I found it interesting and a bit sad. I don't think you make this into a movie but maybe something like "The Twlight Zone" episode. Same cover picture as a very good young adult apocalyptic fiction; The Dead and The Gone. Very good series (or 1 book in the series) that is also about the moon.
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Allison M. Dickson is the author of two published novels: horror-thriller STRINGS, and the dystopian epic, THE LAST SUPPER, which received a starred review in Publishers weekly. She also has published nearly two dozen short stories covering both speculative and realistic realms, both independently and in publications such as APEX MAGAZINE. Her independently-produced Colt Coltrane series, featuring ...more
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