If This Then That: Stories of Unintended Consequences

If This Then That: Stories of Unintended Consequences

by Gareth Cadwallader, S A Finlay

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Overview

Millennial #snowflakes clash with #baby-boomers: Nineteen tales of human connection and disconnection that collide and subvert the half-crazed romantic contemporary, the not so distant rosy past, our dodgy looking promised cyberpunk utopia and our post-apocalyptic dystopian future. Provocative, wistful, melancholic, nightmarish and darkly funny satire, these episodes…must surely play out logically. Or not.

How far will these characters go for love, understanding or survival? To Sainsbury’s, the Caribbean or Tibet, up a ladder, under Biotech’s robotic knives, or…to the brink of sanity? A pack of reluctant hopeful lone wolves: one builds a cabin, one a bike, another joins a teen gang. The refugee, the bereaved, the gaslighted child and the helpful neighbour all wander. The quixotic therapy addict just fibs like hell. And the porn voyeurs? The always-on algorithm search engine media junkies? Well, they do what they do, right #now.

Welcome to the curious world of If This Then That.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781999818142
Publisher: writesideleft ltd
Publication date: 10/05/2018
Edition description: Print ed.
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.39(d)

About the Author

Gareth Cadwallader's first novel, Watkins & Son is published by Wet Zebra. His collection of stories, States of Man is published in September 2019 by WriteSideLeft. His play, Cleopatra, has been performed at the Kings Head and Hope theatres in Islington. Madame Manet and Blood-Crossed have been performed at the Tabard in Chiswick.

Kennedy/Ken Coombs is a 23-year old trans musician. In February 2019 s/he was awarded the b-side TCFT Young Artist's Bursary.

Harrison Evans read astrophysics before taking up a career as a full stack developer. When not writing code he loves drumming, reading & writing & watching sci-fi, rowing and learning.

S A Finlay published her first novel, Carnaval, with WriteSideLeft in 2017.

Geoffrey Frosh is a photographer and writer.

Robert Golden is an award-winning filmmaker and photographer. His essays, A Role for Artists in Troubled Times were published by WriteSideleft in 2019.

Olly Goodall is a London-based writer and content producer. His writing features in several UK publications.

Siobhan Harrison set up WriteSideLeft in 2017.

E J Jennings writes part time.

Maisie Kitton is still at school: The Wolves stories are excerpted from her first novel of the same name, soon to be published by WriteSideLeft.

Elise Ruby is still at university.

Bardy Thomas has written two novels, A Good Man (WriteSideLeft) and Into the Hill (Black Sandal Press), and has recently retired from a prestigious career in the theatre.

Table of Contents

Introduction 5

Prologue: Watch the Show 7

Paradise by Numbers 17

The Fall 30

Passing Friends 41

Wolves i: Anamnesis 48

Fingers 55

The Orchard 60

As the Day Ends 66

Sawtooth Waves 71

I remember her sigh 91

Therapy i: The Cat 102

Wolves ii: Perpetrator 110

The Space 117

The Cabin 130

She 140

Arnica (notes for a story) 144

Therapy ii: A Party 150

Dim Now, Getting Brighter 158

Stations 166

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