I just finished up John Joseph Adam’s recent anthology Brave New Worlds, a superb collection of old and new dystopian SF stories. There’s some very powerful and amazing work in this anthology, including, but by no means limited to, Sarah Langan’s “Independence Day”, Adam-Troy Castro’s “Of a Sweet Slow Dance in the Wake of Temporary Dogs” and “Pop Squad” by Paolo Bacigalupi, along with work by JG Ballard, Harlan Ellison, Philip K. Dick, Joe Mastroiani, Ursula K. LeGuin and many others.
Many of the stories present unique and unsettling extrapolations of where society and human nature can travel to when circumstance and/or extremity intervene, and while its not going to be for everyone, it really is an eye-opening anthology. Lots more info, free stories and author interviews are available at John Joseph Adam’s website here.
Again, really great stuff, and a comprehensive overview of the evolution of dystopian SF over the past century. Highly recommended!
I am a strong advocate of supporting your local independent bookstores if you can (especially Borderlands in SF!). However, if you must purchase from Amazon, here’s a link - Brave New Worlds at Amazon.
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