Instead of interviewing all or a few of my antho-mates, I asked just one question to the writers who contributed to this anthology:
If it was your job (as a supernatural being) to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, how would you do it?
Flash Fiction: [untranslatable]
I wouldn’t do it! I’d excise the cities from the surface and teleport them to another planet on the other side of the galaxy.
I’d aim a comet toward them and make a crater. Maybe I’d be lucky and get a few other cities, as well.
Short Story: The Mortician of Sodom
One snap of my electric fingers would decimate the debaucherous heathens.
Flash Fiction: And The Child Shall Lead
I think I would stand on a hill and call down fire to hit as I “conducted” The Thieving Magpie and delivered destruction on the downbeats. I can just see it…
Short Story: Ruins of Gomorrah
Disease seems like a fitting punishment to me, especially if I can send down a disease that makes the body wither and decay. The citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah were punished for their sinful, lustful nature, so I say punish them with a way that cuts to the quick: you misused your body, now I’m going to take it away. Plus it gives them time to repent and be cured if they truly mean it. Seems more ironic then smashing it with rain of fire and brimstone.
Flash Fiction: Abel
Flash Fiction: Idbash
Flash Fiction: Zachariah
I’d have to go with plant-invasion. Rapidly growing trees and vines and bushes, coupled with spontaneous eruptions of pristine water, that would cover and fill out the cities in a matter of hours (you need some time to enjoy the show). After a few days, all kinds of animals will have populated this ruin-turned-oasis, and I would settle down in some tree-house somewhere, preferably with a nice view and low taxes.
Short Story: The Scent of Sin and Punishment
If it was my job as a supernatural being to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, I would command volcanoes to erupt, eradicating the people and the two cities. For those who survived, I would ensure a volcanic winter followed, so that they would forever live in a chilling, permanent darkness.
Short Story: The Remorse of the Incorporeum
I like the idea of blasting them into space. No explosions… just lift them up with about a half kilometer of dirt under them, and send them straight up to infinity, leaving a crater behind.
Of course, part of me that hates killing off any characters wants to teleport all the people to the desert outside the cities first…
Oh yeah. I did kill off a character…er…more than one…in my story…
So…how would YOU destroy Sodom and Gomorrah?