A young office worker sees his life deconstructed by an online personality test; nanobots transform the victim of a rape into an eternal virgin; a clone discusses his clothing with his "father"; a child describes his journey across a planet that's become a vast mausoleum; a reincarnated Albrecht Dürer seduces a museum curator's wife... How do we conserve a thread of humanity in a world deformed by technological phobia and millennial angst?

Before there was Black Mirror, there was Soft Apocalypse. Simultaneously familiar and strange, these twelve short stories trace the air-conditioned nightmares borne of lives increasingly mediated by science and information. And one of them, The Nuclear Train, was adapted for Channel 4 television by the film-maker Dan Saul in 2002.