Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories

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From Huxley's Brave New World, to Orwell's 1984, to Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, dystopian books have always been an integral part of both science fiction and literature, and have influenced the broader culture discussion in unique and permanent ways. Brave New Worlds brings together the best dystopian fiction of the last 30 years, demonstrating the diversity that flourishes in this compelling subgenre.
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Overview


From Huxley's Brave New World, to Orwell's 1984, to Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, dystopian books have always been an integral part of both science fiction and literature, and have influenced the broader culture discussion in unique and permanent ways. Brave New Worlds brings together the best dystopian fiction of the last 30 years, demonstrating the diversity that flourishes in this compelling subgenre.
This landmark tome contains stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, Cory Doctorow, M. Rickert, Paolo Bacigalupi, Orson Scott Card, Neil Gaiman, Ray Bradbury, and many others.
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Familiar classics by such luminaries as Shirley Jackson, Ursula K. Le Guin, and J.G. Ballard rub shoulders with new standouts in this dark anthology of 33 dystopian futures and alternate worlds. In Joseph Paul Haines's "Ten with a Flag," a government uses confusion to manipulate the governed. Sarah Langan's "Independence Day" shows a tyrannical future U.S. through a teenager's eyes. Matt Williamson's "Sacrament" offers the torturer's perspective on his "art." Adam-Troy Castro's "Of a Sweet Slow Dance in the Wake of Temporary Dogs" asks how much of our souls we would surrender for nine days of guaranteed happiness plus one of horror. Grinding inevitability runs through Vylar Kaftan's interactive "Civilization." Most of the stories are bleak, many are hopeless, and all serve as powerful warnings of what we may let ourselves become. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597802215
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 1/2/2011
  • Pages: 489
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.70 (d)

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  • Posted April 26, 2011

    The Best Collection of Dystopian Fiction in the World!

    Wow. Where do I start? 30 of most of the best dystopian short fiction in the English speaking world's history. Nothing less.

    I normally like to review each story (or the key stories) in anthologies, but this is difficult for 30 of them, spanning nearly 500 close-printed pages. Also, I feel inadequate to comment on specific stories that are now legendary.

    The worst stories were still very good. The best are unmatched. Pure and simple. These stories were more than entertaining, they were thought provoking and challenging. I haven't been intellectually challenged like this for years.

    If there is any negative statement - and it isn't really a deficit, more of a warning, is that reading them straight through is being inundated with (largely) depressing situations for humanity, and notably, the protagonists in the stories. It could dampen one's spirit, while at the same time lift awareness. Fortunately this is a temporary phenomenon, but tangible indeed.

    Bravo to the publisher and the stellar editor - this anthology lives up to it's industry reputation of greatness.

    If you haven't read it, and you like dystopian stories, just read it. Do yourself a huge favor.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2011

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    My favorite genre

    Dystopias are just about my favorite genre. That and English murder mysteries. Cheery little soul, aren't I? This anthology showcases a lot of talent in the dark fantasy category.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2012

    Great Collection!!!

    I would love to produce a video series of short films based on the stories in this book!

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