Is there hope for a different future than a bleak one? Pilot Arsy in Caronte, on the run from her pursuers, doesn’t even contemplate it. And the characters in Dystopian:Lovesong and Exhale/Expire have just armed themselves against the toxic atmosphere of the earth. Things could always be worse: being enslaved by evil aliens in The Boogeys for example. You’d be better off being the ant in Overrun, who evades death again and again. Or the mermaid in Caught, a totally different kind of alien.