The Endling

I’ve long been interested in evolution, especially the ramifications of natural selection. I learned and thought and think about evolution not from a biological perspective but from a philosophical one. My faculty advisor in college was the well known philosopher (to the extent such a thing exists) Dan Dennett, who went on to write Darwin’s Dangerous Idea, among other things.

After getting the opportunity to write a couple Batman stories for DC Comics, I began to think about projects of my own I wanted to do. One of them is a big, cool saga I hope to start soon, but as I shopped that around and spoke about it with various people in comics, I realized I should have another pitch in my back pocket, just in case. I began to think it might be fun to think about what the last human would be like. And how he got that way.

I hadn’t known this before I began looking into the concept, but there actually is a term for the last individual specimen of a given species. The endling.

But the Endling isn’t the hero of this story. The hero is a high-school senior named Amber Black. The story became less about the last humans and their world, than about current humans and our world; the prices we will and won’t pay to save our world.

What the Endling ultimately is, well, I’m curious to find out what people have to say about that once the story is done.

It’s scheduled to begin this month, so keep checking back. Once it’s up, I’ll link to it here. Or better yet, sign up for emails letting you know when each installment goes up!


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