"Wonders To Come" by Christopher Fowler
This story comes from the anthology "Dead Letters" edited by Conrad Williams.
Where to begin with this story. The story was a bit out there, but so what. What fantasy or sci-fi story isn't out there, some more than others. The story lacked a few things. It had all the right ingredients for a good story, but somewhere someone forgot to put in some salt and the story came out tasting bland and it was no good.
A hotel is about to be unveiled for the grand opening. The hotel being unveiled is state of the art. Everything in the hotel is the latest and greatest all the way down to the sewage system. The sewage system is so state of the art that they believe only one man is needed to control the systems of water and sewage for the hotel. Of course this leads to all kinds of problems.
Introduce some weird alien life form here. We don't know where it comes from or what it wants, or if it is even alive and a life form at all. They are all over the place. Just as these are discovered guess what happens, the hotel starts shutting down. Everything starts to collapse upon itself as if it were hacked by the best and brightest minds in the world just to cause the hotel havoc.
This story in my estimation has nothing to do with the anthology. The anthology was supposed to be about mail, undeliverable, missing, tragic, etc. They mentioned the royal mail one time during this story. I don't believe that counts. I can't believe this story was even added to this anthology.
This story was definitely one of the downers of the anthology. As I've said before and will say again many many times I'm sure, all the collections have some. You have your fantastic ones and your duds. This story was a dud. Hopefully the next story will redeem this one.