Brave New Worlds

Brave New Worlds

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by John Joseph Adams
     
 

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You are being watched.

Your every movement is being tracked, your every word recorded. Your spouse may be an informer, your children may be listening at your door, your best friend may be a member of the secret police. You are alone among thousands, among great crowds of the brainwashed, the well-behaved, the loyal. Productivity has never been higher, the media

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You are being watched.

Your every movement is being tracked, your every word recorded. Your spouse may be an informer, your children may be listening at your door, your best friend may be a member of the secret police. You are alone among thousands, among great crowds of the brainwashed, the well-behaved, the loyal. Productivity has never been higher, the media blares, and the army is ever triumphant. One wrong move, one slip-up, and you may find yourself disappeared -- swallowed up by a monstrous bureaucracy, vanished into a shadowy labyrinth of interrogation chambers, show trials, and secret prisons from which no one ever escapes. Welcome to the world of the dystopia, a world of government and society gone horribly, nightmarishly wrong.

What happens when civilization invades and dictates every aspect of your life? From 1984 to The Handmaid's Tale, from Children of Men to Bioshock, the dystopian imagination has been a vital and gripping cautionary force. Brave New Worlds collects the best tales of totalitarian menace by some of today's most visionary writers, including Neil Gaiman, Paolo Bacigalupi, Orson Scott Card, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

When the government wields its power against its own people, every citizen becomes an enemy of the state. Will you fight the system, or be ground to dust beneath the boot of tyranny?

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

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:
9781597804547
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
12/04/2012
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
520
Sales rank:
357,384
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

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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