Dear XX,

The apocalypse has been envisioned in many forms, but one morning Peter discovers that it has quietly begun with the disappearance of his mother. At the police station he learns that thousands more have gone missing from their city, and he soon realizes that tens of millions are vanishing daily across the globe. Without explanation or cause, humanity finds itself facing its final year on the planet, and it is only then that Peter falls in love.

Her name is Sophia, and as nation states go to war and then collapse, as electricity fails and their city becomes cut off from the rest of the world, they fight to create a space within which to explore their love. The rise of a Robespierrean demagogue intent on ushering in a new Reign of Terror however threatens all that they hold dear, forcing them to ask: in a world bereft of meaning, what principles are you willing to die for?

I would like to submit ONE BY ONE for your consideration, an 80,000 word novel of magical realism in the style of Jose Saramago.

Thank you for your time and consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Phil Tucker

(What do you guys think?)