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Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories

by John Joseph Adams (Editor)

Other authors: Paolo Bacigalupi (Contributor), J. G. Ballard (Contributor), Ray Bradbury (Contributor), Tobias S. Buckell (Contributor), Orson Scott Card (Contributor)29 more, Adam-Troy Castro (Contributor), Philip K. Dick (Contributor), Cory Doctorow (Contributor), Harlan Ellison (Contributor), Charles Coleman Finlay (Contributor), Neil Gaiman (Contributor), S. L. Gilbow (Contributor), Joseph Paul Haines (Contributor), Alex Irvine (Contributor), Shirley Jackson (Contributor), Vylar Kaftan (Contributor), Caitlín R. Kiernan (Contributor), Sarah Langan (Contributor), Ursula K. Le Guin (Contributor), Heather Lindsley (Contributor), Ross E. Lockhart (Contributor), Joe Mastroianni (Contributor), James Morrow (Contributor), M. Rickert (Contributor), Kim Stanley Robinson (Contributor), Geoff Ryman (Contributor), Robert Silverberg (Contributor), Bryan Talbot (Contributor), Jeremiah Tolbert (Contributor), Genevieve Valentine (Contributor), Carrie Vaughn (Contributor), Kurt Vonnegut (Contributor), Kate Wilhelm (Contributor), Matt Williamson (Contributor)

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An exceptional collection of dystopian short stories from some of the best and best known Science Fiction authors.

Among them: Ray Bradbury, Cory Doctorov, Neil Gaiman, Ursula K. LeGuin, Philip K. Dick, etc.

The stories date as far back as 1956 (Philip K. Dick's Minority Report) and as recently as 2010 (Carrie Vaughn's Amaryllis).

All of them gems you don't want to miss.

I won this book at the GoodReads giveaways. ( )
  CarmenFerreiro | Mar 28, 2016 |
Brave New Worlds is a great anthology with a theme: dystopian stories. Dystopian is the opposite of utopian, so many of these tales are dark, bleak, and chilling. They are also very good, and some are classics in the science fiction genre.

What I really loved about this book was that it mixes new and old writers, and brings some fantastic stories from writers I’d never heard of, as well as some of the masters of the genre. There’s also a nice intro for each story, introducing the story and the author, and I found that both interesting and helpful. ( )
  MariaHaskins | Dec 10, 2015 |
A comprehensive compilation of dystopian fiction, from classic stories to brand-new ones.

Not only is this a great collection of dystopian short stories, it's a nice round-up of speculative fiction in general. It includes two of my all-time favorite stories: "The Lottery" by Shirley Jackson and "Those Who Walk Away from Omelos" by Ursula K. Le Guin. There are several essential classics that I hadn't yet read, including "The Minority Report" by Philip K. Dick, "Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut and "'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman" by Harlan Ellison, as well as stories by Ray Bradbury, J.G. Ballard, Kate Wilhelm, James Morrow, Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Silverberg, Orson Scott Card, Paolo Bacigalupi and Cory Doctorow, plus a comic written by Neil Gaiman. As with any anthology, this one can be uneven; I'm not a fan of Geoff Ryman, for instance, so I'm not sure why he's the only author with two selections. Overall, though, the quality of the writing is very high, and the ideas presented are chilling and thought-provoking, which is what a good dystopian story should be. Adams has arranged the stories more or less by theme, which is interesting, especially since all the gender-based dystopias are together. However, it might have been interesting to read them chronologically, too, to see how our societal fears have changed over the years. I'm happy to include this anthology with my small collection of short stories on sub-genres that particularly engage me: gothic, apocalyptic and now dystopian. ( )
  sturlington | Mar 26, 2015 |
A few decent stories, but overall disappointing. ... And I love - LOVE - dystopian stories/ novels. Get it from the library and flip through it. ( )
  steadfastreader | Mar 18, 2014 |
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Adams, John JosephEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bacigalupi, PaoloContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ballard, J. G.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Buckell, Tobias S.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Card, Orson ScottContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Castro, Adam-TroyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dick, Philip K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Doctorow, CoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ellison, HarlanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Finlay, Charles ColemanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gaiman, NeilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilbow, S. L.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Haines, Joseph PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Irvine, AlexContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Jackson, ShirleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kaftan, VylarContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kiernan, Caitlín R.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Langan, SarahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Le Guin, Ursula K.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lindsley, HeatherContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lockhart, Ross E.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mastroianni, JoeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morrow, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Rickert, M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robinson, Kim StanleyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ryman, GeoffContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Silverberg, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Talbot, BryanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tolbert, JeremiahContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Valentine, GenevieveContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vaughn, CarrieContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Vonnegut, KurtContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilhelm, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Williamson, MattContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liu, KenContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pelland, JenniferContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reed, RobertContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wolfe, Gary K.Contributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Shirley Jackson, best known for penning this classic story, was the author of several novels, such as We Have Always Lived in the Castle and The Haunting of Hill House, the latter of which has been adapted to film twice (both times as The Haunting).
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Fahrenheit 451, and, of course, the book this anthology is named for--Brave New World--are the cornerstones of dystopian literature in novel form, but there has never, to my knowledge, been an anthology containing all the best, classic works of dystopian short fiction in one volume. (from the Introduction)
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The book "Selections from Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories" is a subset of the book "Brave New Worlds: Dystopian Stories". Please do not combine these two volumes.

The expanded second edition adds three stories by Robert Reed, Jennifer Pelland, and Ken Liu, plus a filmography and study guide by Gary K. Wolfe.
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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?

In his smash-hit anthologies Wastelands and The Living Dead, acclaimed editor John Joseph Adams showed you what happens when society is utterly wiped away. Now he brings you a glimpse into an equally terrifying future — 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 twenty-eight of the best tales of dystopian menace by some of today’s most visionary writers.
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SHORT STORIES. 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.… (more)

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