All the Animals on Earth
248 PAGES | ISBN 978-1-989496-10-7
In a world subtly like and unlike our own, buttoned-down HR manager Hector Thompson is sure of two things: he hates both change and science fiction. But then lurid green streamers drift from the sky in an escaped experiment and birds and animals fall to the ground as their bodies stretch and change and grow. It’s an apocalypse. Or is it?
Now Hector works in a company with detail-oriented pigeons for project managers while shifts of dependable dogs work round the clock in orange safety vests building housing for earth’s newest inhabitants. In a dizzying mix of imagination and wry social commentary, author Mark Sampson creates a believable world with an unbelievable future and takes his readers on a road trip across a remarkable vision of America as his Everyman finds his role in this strange new reality.
This is Not the Apocalypse You Are Looking For, but You Might Like the Novel: A Review of “All the Animals on Earth” by Mark Sampson (Brenton Dickieson, A Pilgrim in Narnia, 29/10/2020)
"All the Animals on Earth is surprisingly relevant as we find ourselves in social moments we haven’t wished for, and find that there’s nowhere to escape to."
Reflecting On The Fears In Our New Reality | Review of Mark Sampson’s Novel “All The Animals On Earth” (2020) Buckrider Books/Wolsak andWynn (Steve Buechler, The Library of Pacific Tranquility, 10/08/2020)
"This book is a perfect mixture of humor and stark emotion to make it an enlightening read which reflects our times right now. Reading it – and turning off the TV and the Internet – feels like it gives a bit of perspective to our situation right now. We are not alone with our fears and dreads and if Hector Thompson can deal with his changes in his rushed reality, perhaps we can too."
An interview with Mark Sampson.
"I think novelists get a bit squirrelly when reality starts to become stranger than fiction."
The best independent reads to pick up this fall (Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail, 20/10/2020)
Mark Sampson's new novel makes the Globe and Mail's list of the best independent reads to pick up this fall.
Most Anticipated: 2020 Fall Fiction Preview (49th Shelf, 09/07/2020)
Mark's novel makes the 49th Shelf's Most Anticipated Fiction for Fall 2020
Most Anticipated: 2019 Fall Fiction Preview (49th Shelf, 01/07/2019)
Mark's book makes the list of most anticipated fall titles.
Spring Books Preview (the Globe and Mail, 18/04/2020)
"Struggling with the new social norms in the real world? Get lost in a different kind of social confusion instead."
A World Turned Upside Down (Trevor J. Adams, Halifax Magazine, 24/03/2020)
"While Sampson's writing often comes with sharp, wry humour, this kind of satire, with all its ensuing absurdity, is something new for him."
Most Anticipated: Spring 2020 Fiction Preview (49th Shelf, 06/01/2020)
Mark's novel is chosen as one of 49th Shelf's Most Anticipated spring books!