Gr 6-9A collection of story excerpts that originally appeared in Read magazine. Compiled to reflect varying accounts of the future, it is a mixed bag of humorous, disturbing, and awesome tales. There is also a good mix of modern and historical writing, including H.G. Wellss The Time Machine, Mary Shelleys Frankenstein, and Robert Lipsytes Future Tense. As a piece of literature, the book has some difficulties. Except for Ray Bradburys April 2000, from The Martian Chronicles, the stories have been hacked up, presenting someone elses view of their choicest cuts. The three passages from Lois Lowrys The Giver are not likely to attract readers to that brilliant book. Conversely, Kurt Vonneguts Harrison Bergeron is very enticing. Most of the selections do work, bearing in mind that sampling the stories piecemeal is unlike feasting on them whole.Lisa Denton, J. S. Russell JHS, Lawrenceville, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.