A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers

A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers

What if America's founding ideals finally became reality? A future of peace, justice, and love comes to life in original speculative stories that challenge oppression and embrace inclusiveness--from N. K. Jemisin, Charles Yu, Jamie Ford, and more. For many Americans, imagining a bright future has always been an act of resistance. A People's Future of the United States prese What if America's founding ideals finally became reality? A future of peace, justice, and love comes to life in origi...

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Title:A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers
Author:Victor LaValle
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Genres:Short Stories
ISBN:A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:432 pages pages

A People's Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers Reviews

  • Elizabeth
    Jan 17, 2019
    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. This anthology is a who's who in current science fiction and fantasy writing. The stories are varied and all well written with various takes on the future of American cult...
  • Terence
    Mar 08, 2019
    According to the back cover: "[E]ditors Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams invited an extraordinarily talented group of writers to share stories that explore new forms of freedom, love, and justice. They asked for narratives that would challenge oppressive American myths, release us ...
  • Jamie
    Nov 16, 2018
    There are certain collections of speculative fiction that are tattooed on my brain. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison, and Futures on Fire, edited by Orson Scott Card, in particular. This one now joins that gallery of mind-bending, imagination-stretching stories, but t...
  • Christine
    Apr 08, 2019
    A little while ago, Donald Trump mentioned how colleges and universities could use their funding if they didn?t embrace freedom of speech and have challenged the beliefs of too many students. I think we are meant to read that as student republicans. On one hand, I can see the reason ...
  • Nadine
    Jun 19, 2019
    I wasn't able to read the last 3 or 4 stories before this library book had to go back, but on the whole I think this was a strong collection - stronger than most anthology-type short story collections. Only a couple fell completely flat for me. Whoever read this library copy before me ...
  • Shomeret
    Mar 26, 2019
    I read 16 stories in this anthology which is more than half. This means I have a fairly good impression of its contents. I rated the anthology by averaging my ratings for each of the stories that I read which is my policy for anthologies. Victor LaValle says in his introduction that...
  • Jacqie
    Nov 09, 2018
    I'm going to try something new to me and review these stories as I read them. 1. Charlie Jane Anders story: I liked this better than All the Birds in the Sky. The idea is that a bookstore sits on the border between California and the United States in a future in which these entities...
  • Dominic
    Mar 09, 2019
    This book is an explosion of awesome. This is one case where the hyperboles on the book jacket are no exaggeration. These stories indeed are "thrilling!" "inspiring!" and "a sheer joy to read!" Short story compilations can be a tricky thing to pull off?usually a few outstanding stori...
  • Linda Robinson
    Apr 23, 2019
    The editors challenged 25 writers to bring narratives "that would challenge oppressive American myths, release us from the chokehold of our history, and give us new futures to believe in." The contributors are a stellar who's who in the currently writing realm of speculative fiction. M...
  • Elizabeth
    Nov 07, 2018
    There are people that will be angry about this book, and fuck 'em. This collection details a United States that could be- one that often times seems frighteningly real, given the current political climate. Some of the best science fiction writers today are gathered in one place, pr...
  • Leseparatist
    Feb 13, 2019
    I read this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for a review. I found this collection oddly depressing and a little disappointing. So many of the stories hinged on heaping the existing prejudices and unfairness - only MORE - and somehow, instead of translating ...
  • Drew
    Mar 22, 2019
    Some of these stories actually don't work -- they feel too hard like they're trying to address the fucked-up-edness of our present without actually imagining a future. And the collection as a whole is far darker than the jacket copy makes you believe: there's an implication that these ...
  • Nicole
    Feb 19, 2019
    I love short stories, I love speculative fiction, and THAT AUTHOR LIST! I was destined to read this. There were a couple of stories that fell a little short for me, but overall this is a really solid collection, with some definite standouts. I think my favorite was "Read After Burning"...
  • Greg Chatham
    Dec 25, 2018
    Aww, jeez. I love Victor LaValle and I'm a sucker for John Joseph Adams' themed anthologies, but this collection was almost a total embarrassment. Given a platform to say their piece about US politics, most of the authors deliver unimaginative single-issue dystopias. And though repe...
  • Sahitya
    Dec 26, 2018
    This anthology boasts of some amazing authors and I just couldn't resist from requesting it as soon as I heard about it the first time. And what a thought provoking, sometimes infuriating and sometimes hopeful collection of stories this is. Right from the Foreword by Victor LaValle, we...
  • Bandit
    Oct 18, 2018
    October usually calls for scary reads. And, as if reading news alone wasn?t doing the trick, somehow I managed to read not one but two dystopian anthologies inspired by the news. First one was Welcome to Dystopia and objectively this one is a considerably superior of the two. Wherein...
  • Brian
    Apr 11, 2019
    A bit discouraging (but not surprising) that this is a mostly dystopian collection. Favourite stories: ?Riverbed? by Omar El Akkad, ?It was Saturday Night, I Guess That Makes It All Right? by Sam J. Miller, ?Give Me Cornbread or Give Me Death? by N.K. Jemisin and ?G...
  • Marshall Boyd
    Apr 05, 2019
    There are some really good stories in here. Overall, I think the collection missed the mark in terms of what it set out to do. Many of the stories don't feel like a future of the United States. This doesn't mean the stories are bad; I enjoyed reading them but they are missing a connect...
  • Michael Hicks
    Jan 21, 2019
    Calling it quits at 34%. This anthology just isn't jiving with me and I haven't really enjoyed any of the seven (out of 20+) stories I've read thus far. I'm finding it hard to want to pick this book up any more and keep reading, so I'm throwing in the towel. No rating. ...
  • Kendra
    Nov 12, 2018
    A great collection of short stories that speculate on the future of the United States...or whatever it becomes. The stories by Charlie Jane Anders, Tananarive Due, N. K. Jemisin, Seanan McGuire, Daniel Josť Older, and G. Willow Wilson show why these authors had and deserve large audie...
  • Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
    Feb 07, 2019
    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight Goodness, where to begin? Okay look. If you plan to read†any anthology in your reading lifetime, it should probably be this one. Not necessarily because of all the raucous...
  • Katy
    Feb 07, 2019
    I really enjoyed this stunning speculative fiction anthology, created in the wake of our current political climate. I usually find short story collections uneven, but in this case I liked all except for 2-3 of the 25 stories. Standouts for me were N.K. Jemisin?s Give Me Cornbread or ...
  • Matthew Lloyd
    Jan 21, 2019
    I received an ARC of this volume via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. At the moment the title of this volume in the Kindle Edition on Goodreads is "Thirty Visionary Stories"; it actually seems to be "Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers", though. Recently, I ...
  • Heather Allen
    Feb 14, 2019
    Check out this review and others on 80 Books Blog! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved this collection of 25 future stories! I have never felt so strongly about an anthology in my life. The theme is the future of the United Stat...
  • Obsidian
    Mar 14, 2019
    Wow. What a great collection. I didn't give any story less than four stars. Some stories resonated with me very much because some of them read as things that could totally happen in a year or less with the ways things are going on in the United States right now. Other stories had a ver...
  • Kara
    Mar 06, 2019
    4.5 stars. An excellent anthology of some of the greatest (and most diverse) writers of speculative fiction today. This collection introduced me to new authors and gave me a chance to read more work from other writers I already loved. As the name suggests, this anthology focuses on the...
  • Mark Collins
    Jun 03, 2019
    In terms of sheer name-dropping, this collection of short stories was impressive--Roxanne Gay, N.K. Jemisin, Charles Yu, Charlie Jane Anders, Omar El Akkad, etc. etc. However, like most short story collections, this one had really creative stories alongside complete duds. The best stor...
  • Bryan Camp
    Mar 19, 2019
    This collection was great. Tough to read at times, given the current state of the world, but absolutely worth it. Overall, there was far more hope and defiance in these pages than despair, which I greatly appreciated. Some of my favorites were the stories written by Sam J. Miller, Tana...
  • Jypsy
    Jan 22, 2019
    I'm not a fan of short story collections, and I never read them. The title of this anthology caught my attention, and as I read the synopsis, I knew I had to try this one. I'm glad I did because this is an amazing collection of stories by some of the best authors. All 25 stories are sp...
  • Bikram
    Feb 17, 2019
    Abandoning this after reading the first 6 stories. All of them are the same old depressing and bleak future stories with all the familiar leftist themes. ...