A people's future of the United States : speculative fiction from 25 extraordinary writers

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A glittering landscape of twenty-five speculative stories that challenge oppression and envision new futures for America--from N. K. Jemisin, Charles Yu, Jamie Ford, G. Willow Wilson, Charlie Jane Anders, Hugh Howey, and more.


In these tumultuous times, in our deeply divided country, many people are angry, frightened, and hurting. Knowing that imagining a brighter tomorrow has always been an act of resistance, editors Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams invited an extraordinarily talented group of writers to share stories that explore new forms of freedom, love, and justice. They asked for narratives that would challenge oppressive American myths, release us from the chokehold of our history, and give us new futures to believe in.

They also asked that the stories be badass.

The result is this spectacular collection of twenty-five tales that blend the dark and the light, the dystopian and the utopian. These tales are vivid with struggle and hardship--whether it's the othered and the terrorized, or dragonriders and covert commandos--but these characters don't flee, they fight .

Thrilling, inspiring, and a sheer joy to read, A People's Future of the United States is a gift for anyone who believes in our power to dream a just world.

Featuring stories by Violet Allen * Charlie Jane Anders * Lesley Nneka Arimah * Ashok K. Banker * Tobias S. Buckell * Tananarive Due * Omar El Akkad * Jamie Ford * Maria Dahvana Headley * Hugh Howey * Lizz Huerta * Justina Ireland * N. K. Jemisin * Alice Sola Kim * Seanan McGuire * Sam J. Miller * Daniel José Older * Malka Older * Gabby Rivera * A. Merc Rustad * Kai Cheng Thom * Catherynne M. Valente * Daniel H. Wilson * G. Willow Wilson * Charles Yu
The bookstore at the end of America / Charlie Jane Anders
Our aim is not to die / A. Merc Rustad
The wall / Lizz Huerta
Read after burning / Maria Dahvana Headley
Chapter 5 : disruption and continuity [excerpted] / Malka Older
It was Saturday night, I guess that makes it all right / Sam J. Miller
Attachment disorder / Tananarive Due
By his bootstraps / Ashok K. Banker
Riverbed / Omar El Akkad
What Maya found there / Daniel Jose Older
The referendum / Lesley Nneka Arimah
Calendar girls / Justina Ireland
The synapse will free us from ourselves / Violet Allen
O.1 / Gabby Rivera
The blindfold / Tobias S. Buckell
No algorithms in the world / Hugh Howey
Esperanto / Jamie Ford
ROME / G. Willow Wilson
Give me cornbread or give me death / N.K. Jemisin
Good news bad news / Charles Yu
What you sow / Kai Cheng Thom
A history of barbed wire / Daniel H. Wilson
The sun in exile / Catherynne M. Valente
Harmony / Seanan McGuire
Now wait for this week / Alice Sola Kim.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* LaValle (The Changeling, 2017) and John Joseph Adams has collected a variety of potential futures from an array of speculative fiction authors. There are dystopias based on the worst aspects of American politics, such as A. Merc Rustad's Our Aim Is Not to Die, in which anyone not considered an ideal citizen is subjected to financial, political, and medical oppression, and Omar El Akkad's Riverbed, which follows a Sikh woman revisiting the site of an internment camp. Other stories simulate documentary evidence of the future, such as Charles Yu's Good News Bad News, in which news reports tell of robots with racist algorithms and space colonies of refugees. Other standouts include Alice Sola Kim's excellent Now Wait for Last Week, in which a woman relives the same week of her life over and over and is wearied as much by misogyny as she is by repetition, and Kai Cheng Thom's What You Sow, in which the only cure for a plague of insomnia is the blood of a formerly oppressed minority of strange and wondrous beings. This anthology is highly recommended for any speculative fiction reader, particularly those interested in the possibilities of science fiction to critique the present through visions of the future.--Nell Keep Copyright 2019 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "LaValle (The Changeling) and Adams (The Living Dead) present an outstanding collection written by 25 heavy hitters of speculative fiction, offering dazzling and often chilling glimpses of an uncertain future in which America teeters on the brink. In "Calendar Girls" by Justina Ireland, a young black girl arrested for selling illegal contraceptives must provide abortion transport to the daughter of the senator who criminalized contraception. In "Our Aim Is Not to Die" by A. Merc Rustad, an autistic, nonbinary person struggles to survive an oppressive, technofascist society where each quality that marks them as atypical puts them at risk for being "remade" into the "white, male, straight" ideal. In "Riverbed" by Omar El Akkad, a survivor of American Muslim internment returns to the site of her imprisonment to retrieve her slain brother's possessions and confront America's Islamophobic ghosts. Each story builds a plausible extrapolation of the current world, and each character is well drawn. This bold collection is full of hope, strength, and courage, and will be welcomed by readers looking for emotional sustenance and validation of their experiences in a challenging time. Agent: Seth Fishman, Gernert Co. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Future, The -- Fiction.
Short stories, American.
American fiction -- 21st century.
Minorities -- United States -- Fiction.
Speculative fiction.
Science fiction.
Short stories.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Contributors LaValle, Victor, 1972- editor.
Adams, John Joseph, 1976- editor.
Language English
Description xv, 410 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN 9780525508809
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