Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead

Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead

by Gordon Van Gelder (Editor)


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Brutality, infrastructure collapse, daily threats of war: 45 writers of speculative fiction share their visions of what's to come.

Fighting in the streets, corruption at the highest levels, thuggish police, a daily threat of nuclear war: few of us thought we'd find ourselves here, so far into the 21st century. What's next? Are we really going to be "great again," however that's meant?

In this diverse and vigorous mix of original stories by newcomers and luminaries, writers offer their takes on what life might hold for us in the next few years. The resulting visions of oppression, and daily struggle are sometimes humorous, sometimes terrifying, but always thought-provoking.

Including stories by K. G. Anderson, Richard Bowes, Elizabeth Bourne, Scott Bradfield, J.S. Breukelaar, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Becca Caccavo, Don D'Ammassa, Stephanie Feldman, Eric James Fullilove, Ron Goulart, Eileen Gunn, Leslie Howle, Matthew Hughes, Janis Ian, Michael Kandel, Thomas Kaufsek, Paul La Farge, Yoon Ha Lee, Michael Libling, Heather Lindsley, Lisa Mason, Barry N. Malzberg, David Marusek, Mary Anne Mohanraj, James Morrow, Ruth Nestvold, Deji Bryce Olukotun, Marguerite Reed, Robert Reed, Madeleine E. Robins, Jay Russell, Geoff Ryman, James Sallis, J. M. Sidorova, Brian Francis Slattery, Harry Turtledove, Deepak Unnikrishnan, TS Vale, Leo Vladimirsky, Ray Vukcevich, Ted White, Paul Witcover, N. Lee Wood, and Jane Yolen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949017069
Publisher: OR Books
Publication date: 01/29/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 414,315
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

GORDON VAN GELDER is the publisher of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He is the editor of many anthologies, among them Welcome to the Greenhouse: New Science fiction on Climate Change (OR Books). He has twice received the Hugo Award for Best Editor (short form), and has twice won the World Fantasy Award.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




Michael Libling

re: Your Wedding

Ruth Nestvold

Everything Is Fixed Now

K. G. Anderson

His Sweat Like Stars on the Rio Grande

Janis Ian


J. M. Sidorova

The Adventure of You

Paul La Farge

N. Lee Wood


Deepak Unnikrishnan

The Only Constant

Leslie Howle

The Terrific Leader

Harry Turtledove

Two Explicit and Three Oblique Apologies to My Oldest Daughter One Month Before Her Eighteenth Birthday

Heather Lindsley

The Levellers

Deji Bryce Olukotun

No Point Talking

Geoff Ryman


J.S. Breukelaar

Precaution at Penn Station

Michael Kandel


Jennifer Marie Brissett

Statues of Limitations

Jay Russell


Robert Reed

Application for Asylum

Eileen Gunn

Welcome to Triumph Band

Yoon Ha Lee


Matthew Hughes

We All Have Hearts of Gold®

Leo Vladimirsky

Notes on Retrieving a Fallen Banner

Marguerite Reed

Ticket to Ride

Eric James Fullilove

Burning Down the House

Ted White


Lisa Mason

Class Assignment

Thomas Kaufsek


Paul Witcover

The Passion According to Mike

Scott Bradfield

Bright Sarasota Where the Circus Lies Dying

James Sallis

The Name Unspoken

Richard Bowes

The Elites

Stephanie Feldman

January 2018

Barry N. Malzberg


Mary Anne Mohanraj

The Amazing Transformation of the White House Dog

Ron Goulart

Handmaid's Other Tale

Jane Yolen


Brian Francis Slattery

One Fell Swoop

James Morrow

BK Girls

TS Vale

Isn't Life Great?

Don D'Ammassa

The Men Will Be Hungry Afterwards

Ray Vukcevich

The Road South

Madeleine E. Robins and Becca Caccavo

Skippy's Visit East

Michael Kandel

Designed for Your Safety

Elizabeth Bourne

Extreme Bedding

David Marusek

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