Brave New Worlds

Brave New Worlds

Dystopian Stories

Book - 2011
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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.
Publisher: Portland, Or. : Night Shade ; London : Diamond [distributor], 2011
ISBN: 9781597802215
Branch Call Number: FICTION Brave
Characteristics: 481 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Gaetano, Nick
Le Guin, Ursula K. 1929-


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Jun 22, 2013

Oh, man, they're all great! Includes great short stories, like The Minority Report - yes, the short story upon which the movie was based on!

Ooh, and the last short story is just epic. It's one of those choose-your-own-adventure types! You're in control of a civilization - do you choose radicalism (skip to section 3) or traditionalism (skip to section 7)? Does it make a difference? So cool. I loved it.

Zewy Jun 27, 2011

Marched straight through *Brave New Worlds*, a big sci-fi collection of dystopic short stories. Lots of familiar names and a couple of titles I recognized as well, but overall it was stories I hadn't read before.

This is one of the best sci-fi anthologies I have ever read, and certainly the best edited! The introductions to the stories were like nothing I've ever seen - relevant, brief, interesting, and playful at times.

Couldn't even begin to narrow down my favourite story, I liked so very many of them: The Red Card, Geriatric Ward, Ten with a Flag, Peter Skilling (amazzzzing), Just Do It, Of a Sweet Slow Dance in the Wake of Temporary Dogs, and Civilization.

The stories are chilling and some are quite funny. If you like this kind of thing (you know who you are), you will love this book.


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