Comments for Blocked
"Blocked" by Geoff Ryman is presented as a dream. In the dream there's a blended family of two Europeans living in Vietnam. The narrator (dreamer) is a man who has married a woman who has four children from a previous relationship with a Vietnamese man.
Something goes awry with the world and like everyone else, the family is driven underground. Huge cities have been built to ride out whatever is going on. These underground cities are built to have all the modern conveniences, including shopping. From how they are described they remind me of subterranean versions of the Axiom ship in Wall-E.
Since the story is a dream the horror of being forced underground was lost. It goes from being something potentially terrifying to being an off-beat mood piece.