Brave New Worlds

Brave New Worlds

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by John Joseph Adams
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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.
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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597802888
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
01/02/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
489
Sales rank:
392,991
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

John Joseph Adams, called "the reigning king of the anthology world" by Barnes & Noble.com, is the bestselling editor of many anthologies, such as Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom, Armored, Lightspeed: Year One, Brave New Worlds, Wastelands, The Living Dead, The Living Dead 2, By Blood We Live, Federations, The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Way of the Wizard. He is a two-time finalist for the Hugo Award and a three-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award. He is also the editor and publisher of Lightspeed magazine, and is the co-host of The Geek's Guide to the Galaxy podcast. Forthcoming anthologies include Epic (Tachyon, Fall 2012) and The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination (Tor Books, 2013). Find him online at johnjosephadams.com and on Twitter @johnjosephadams.

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Brave New Worlds 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
gezza More than 1 year ago
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.
BookCore More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Do not buy this book. There are more typos in here than I've ever seen in my life. Also, only a few of the stories are actually interesting, the rest are either too long or too esoteric. But the typos are the main reason you should avoid this anthology.
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landofthedave More than 1 year ago
I would love to produce a video series of short films based on the stories in this book!
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