Stories, essays, and interviews explore dystopias that may offer lessons for the present.
As the recent success of Margaret Atwood’s novel-turned-television hit Handmaid’s Tale shows us, dystopia is more than minatory fantasy; it offers a critical lens upon the present. “It is not only a kind of vocabulary and idiom,” says bestselling author and volume editor Junot Diaz. “It is a useful arena in which to begin to think about who we are becoming.”
Bringing together some of the most prominent writers of science fiction and introducing fresh talent, this collection of stories, essays, and interviews explores global dystopias in apocalyptic landscapes and tech futures, in robot sentience and forever war. Global Dystopias engages the familiar horrors of George Orwell’s 1984 alongside new work by China Miéville, Tananarive Due, and Maria Dahvana Headley. In “Don’t Press Charges, and I Won’t Sue,” award-winning writer Charlie Jane Anders uses popularized stigmas toward transgender people to create a not-so-distant future in which conversion therapy is not only normalized, but funded by the government. Henry Farrell surveys the work of dystopian forebear Philip K. Dick and argues that distinctions between the present and the possible future aren’t always that clear. Contributors also include Margaret Atwood and award-winning speculative writer, Nalo Hopkinson.
In the era of Trump, resurgent populism, and climate denial, this collection poses vital questions about politics and civic responsibility and subjectivity itself. If we have, as Díaz says, reached peak dystopia, then Global Dystopias might just be the handbook we need to survive it.
Contributors Charlie Jane Anders, Margaret Atwood, Adrienne Bernhard, Mark Bould, Thea Costantino, Tananarive Due, Henry Farrell, JR Fenn, Maria Dahvana Headley, Nalo Hopkinson, Mike McClelland, Maureen McHugh, China Miéville, Jordy Rosenberg, Peter Ross, Sumudu Samarwickrama
Former Google advertising strategist, now Oxford-trained philosopher James Williams launches a plea to society and to the tech industry to help ensure that the technology we all carry with us every day does not distract us from pursuing our true goals in life. As information becomes ever more plentiful, the resource that is becoming more scarce is our attention. In this ‘attention economy’, we need to recognise the fundamental impacts of our new information environment on our lives in order to take back control. Drawing on insights ranging from Diogenes to contemporary tech leaders, Williams’s thoughtful and impassioned analysis is sure to provoke discussion and debate. Williams is the inaugural winner of the Nine Dots Prize, a new Prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary social issues. This title is also available as Open Access. **
Jameeka, is in love with her husband, Josiah, who is currently serving time for a charge he caught over his baby mother. Leaving Jameeka to pick up the pieces and work for everything she has, which isn’t much. By chance, she runs into her old friend , Taj, who is in love with her since they were children. Taj, sees this as his second chance to show Jameeka that he’s the one for her. But, will the people in Jameeka’s life let it be? Brenda, has the life most women want. clothes, cars and wealth along with the biggest kingpin, her husband Quassan. Before becoming a pampered wife, she had a successful career as a video vixen, which Quassan didn’t approve of. With all the money and glitz comes drama. When an unexpected person comes and turns her marriage with Quassan upside down, Brenda will stop at nothing to end the problem and be the number one woman in his life again. Layla, isn’t satisfied with being a side chick, but she deals with it because she loves her man. While raising their daughter and working, Layla realizes she needs to be more in her man’s life than a secret. Will this cause her man to stay, or will he leave? Follow Brenda, Layla and Jameeka on their journey and find out that these women may have more in common than they know. **
CAMERON, ROXIE, DIANA AND SOUL ARE BACK FOR THIS RIVETING SPIN-OFF
Dianas life took a roundabout turn when she met Tariq Haddad aka Rico, a suave and devilishly handsome charmer who is every girl’s dream and every father’s worst nightmare. Although she was all too aware of the risk she was taking by getting involved with a smooth-talking faithless pimp who had an entire harem of women at his beck and call, Diana is powerless against his magnetism and finds herself drawn deeper and deeper into his web of secrets and lies. And now, when she finally realizes the gravity of her decision, it may be too late to escape his deadly grasp.
Roxie was simply trying to forget her past and move on with her life when the handsome and endearing Kwon came along and helped mend her broken heart. Hes the polar opposite of her no-good ex Magyc caring, sweet, and charismatic, and he blows into her life like a rejuvenating breath of fresh air. However, there is one problem that Roxie didnt account for Kwons deep dark secret that could potentially endanger her daughters life.
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Jade Jones discovered her passion for creative writing in elementary school. Born in 1989, she began writing short stories and poetry as an outlet. Later on, as a teen, she led a troubled life which later resulted in her becoming a ward of the court. Jade fell in love with the art and used storytelling as a means of venting during her tumultuous times. Aging out of the system two years later, she was thrust into the dismal world of homelessness. Desperate, and with limited income, Jade began dancing full time at the tender age of eighteen. It wasn’t until Fall of 2008 when she finally caught her break after being accepted into Cleveland State University. There, Jade lived on campus and majored in Film and Television. Now, six years later, she flourishes from her childhood dream of becoming a bestselling author. Since then she has written the best-selling “Cameron” series. She also writes women’s fiction under the pen name Pebbles Starr.
Quite suitably, she uses her life’s experiences to create captivating characters and story lines. Jade currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. With no children, she spends her leisure shopping and traveling. She says that seeing new faces, meeting new people, and experiencing diverse cultures fuels her creativity. The stories are generated in her heart, the craft is practiced in her mind, and she expresses her passion through ink.
African Americans grappled with Jim Crow segregation until it was legally overturned in the 1960s. In subsequent decades, the country witnessed a new wave of immigration from Asia and Latin Americaforever changing the face of American society and making it more racially diverse than ever before. In *The Diversity Paradox* , authors Jennifer Lee and Frank Bean take these two poles of American collective identitythe legacy of slavery and immigrationand ask if todays immigrants are destined to become racialized minorities akin to African Americans or if their incorporation into U.S. society will more closely resemble that of their European predecessors. They also tackle the vexing question of whether Americas new racial diversity is helping to erode the tenacious black/white color line. *The Diversity Paradox* uses population-based analyses and in-depth interviews to examine patterns of intermarriage and multiracial identification among Asians, Latinos, and African Americans. Lee and Bean analyze where the color lineand the economic and social advantage it demarcatesis drawn today and on what side these new arrivals fall. They show that Asians and Latinos with mixed ancestry are not constrained by strict racial categories. Racial status often shifts according to situation. Individuals can choose to identify along ethnic lines or as white, and their decisions are rarely questioned by outsiders or institutions. These groups also intermarry at higher rates, which is viewed as part of the process of becoming American and a form of upward social mobility. African Americans, in contrast, intermarry at significantly lower rates than Asians and Latinos. Further, multiracial blacks often choose not to identify as such and are typically perceived as being black onlyunderscoring the stigma attached to being African American and the entrenchment of the one-drop rule. Asians and Latinos are successfully disengaging their national origins from the concept of racelike European immigrants before themand these patterns are most evident in racially diverse parts of the country. For the first time in 2000, the U.S. Census enabled multiracial Americans to identify themselves as belonging to more than one race. Eight years later, multiracial Barack Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States. For many, these events give credibility to the claim that the death knell has been sounded for institutionalized racial exclusion. *The Diversity Paradox* is an extensive and eloquent examination of how contemporary immigration and the countrys new diversity are redefining the boundaries of race. The book also lays bare the powerful reality that as the old black/white color line fades a new one may well be emergingwith many African Americans still on the other side.
Okoye Franklin resides with his grandmother in one of the toughest counties in the DMV, Baltimore. Killings, robberies, and the like happen in broad daylight daily. Being raised by his grandmother has sheltered him from a lot of mayhem he couldve been easily pulled into. Completing his education, respecting himself and his elders, as well as staying to himself, Okoye is on the right track to avoid becoming a statistic until one dark evening changed his life forever. After a mistaken identity for rape, Okoye was sent to prison for a crime he didnt commit. Okoye couldve made a bad situation worse; however, while in prison, he furthered his education and found love. Will Okoye be able to pull himself out of this slump, or will he give up after going through so much at such a young age? In Hidden Beneath It All, secrets are revealed, and people Okoye placed in his past resurfaces. **
A newly reissued novel from the author of Girl, one of the most celebrated writers in the English language (NPRs Weekend Edition) As her disturbing novel clearly reveals, Edna OBrien possesses what Henry James called an imagination for disaster…[Time and Tide] is an anthology of heightened moments…never less than brilliantly expressed. ?Joel Conarroe, The New York Times Book Review Time and Tide is a fragmented novel detailing the loves and catastrophes?and catastrophic loves?of Nell, an Irish woman trying to make a life for herself in the literary world of London. “A whimsical beauty who has swapped the suffocating narrowness of her native land for the loveless brutality of England” (The Independent), Nell is in flight from bitter, controlling, and small-minded parents, yet risks becoming just such a mother to her own sons. She seeks comfort and acceptance, yet finds death, drugs, and “an orgy of humiliation” (The New York Times Book Review). She seeks companionship, yet finds one after another predatory man: sadists, alcoholics, unscrupulous doctors, and even child molesters. Can Nell extract from the “the vast inhospitality of a creaking world” some measure of beauty and grace? The answer, of course, is yes?but at the price of many illusions.
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Mary just wanted a normal life as a college student.
But one night while walking home late, she is nearly assaulted by some bullies. Just in the nick of time, she is rescued by a strange man. While he seems nice at first, she soon learns her rescuer is the notorious leader of a biker gang, and a rich bad boy named Caleb.
She wants nothing to do with him, but he wants her.
When Caleb learns how sweet Mary is, his desire for her increases. But he is torn between pursuing the beauty and keeping her safe from the dark side of his life his motorcycle club. With his gangs The Golden Clovers bitter rivalry with the Skulls becoming worse each day, Caleb knows hes putting Mary in danger.
And yet, he still gravitates towards her and wants more.
Mary knows the danger too. But as she learns more and more about Caleb, how he isnt just some hoodlum trying to get attention, she learns she may be more into him than she thought. Her desire for Caleb only grows stronger. Will Mary be able to sort out her feelings, or will this baddie be too much for her?
Find out if this good girl finally surrenders to the bad boy who keeps reeling her in.
**Father of two daughters, bestselling author, and a star of *The Sopranos* and *The Secret Life of the American Teenager,* Steven Schirripa brings a welcome dose of humor and old-school advice to the parenting wars. ** *What happens when a world-famous tough guy takes on the toughest job of all becoming a father?* Welcome to the world of the Big Daddy. Steve Schirripa is known for his star turns on *The Sopranos* and *The Secret Life of the American Teenager,* but in his own life hes the father of two daughters of his ownand a self-confessed human volcano. In *Big Daddys Rules,* Schirripa tells all and brings a welcome dose of old-school advice (and new-school humor) to the parenting wars. Youre not there to be a friend, Schirripa says bluntly. Youre there to be a dad. Schirripa serves up the heartwarming and hilarious stories of how he and his wife navigated the wild waters of parenthood: from the moment the tough guys heart melted when he held his first-born in his arms to what he felt (and did) the time he caught someone looking at his teenage daughters butt. He lays out all the rules for being a Big Daddy someone who is strong, devoted, and always looking out for his kids best interests, even when that means not being the coolest dad on the block. Overprotective? Maybe. Willing to tone it down? Absolutely not. *Big Daddys Rules* is filled with tales of his over-the-top yet heartfelt parenting styleconfronting bad teachers, staring down boyfriends, and explaining just how crazy youre allowed to get if you catch your kid drinking (hint: really, really crazy). With a mixture of street-smart bravado and selfeffacing humor, Schirripa pulls no punches as he delivers his no-bull stance on what it takes to raise kids today. Hes uproariously funny, but Schirripa isnt just cracking jokes here; this is also a call to action for dads to return to common-sense parenting and reclaim their role as protector and holder of values to be passed down. **
Come spend Halloween with the Krewe of Hunters! Keri Wolf hadnt imagined shed be called out as Halloween nearedshe was still in the academy and Joe . . . Well, Joe was just becoming accustomed to the idea that she had decided to join him as an agent, having the special talent that allowed an agent to become Krewe. But that Halloween she was going to become Kreweas a consultant. Because a killer who had struck three times before was threatening to kill again, this time at a Halloween theme park in Louisiana. There were plenty of able agents with the Krewe, in Joe Dunhills mind. Why Keri and him, when he was comparatively new in his position and she wasnt even out of the academy yet? But there was a method to the madness. Because Keri had written one of her acclaimed non-fiction books on the killings that had first taken place in Massachusetts. She knew the woman who had called in a warning, supposedly given to her by a Revolutionary War soldier who had made his way from Massachusetts to Louisiana to tell her that it would happen again–just as the killer sent his rhyme for that year. Trick or treat, trick or treat Not looking for anything good to eat Must may be that Im up for a trick Think this time, a nice big pick. She was no actress, but Keri was about to play the role of her lifetime as Devilla Dolly, an evil doll in the Murder House, while Joe played Count Rapier. They had to catch a killer, before a killer caught them, and Halloween was almost upon them. **
Escape to the Cornish coast with a new heartwarming Tremarnock novel, perfect for fans of Jill Mansell and Philippa Ashley.
The Cornish fishing village of Tremarnock seems to have it all. Charming houses cluster round the harbour where fishermen unload their catch each day. There is a pub, a corner shop and a brilliant restaurant. Everyone knows everyone else and mostly they look out for each other. But throw a stranger a beautiful stranger into the mix and all bets are off. Vivacious Chabela Penhallow is on holiday from Mexico to find out more about her Cornish roots, but rumours soon start to fly. Why has she really come? What is she running from? Is there more to her than meets the eye? The Girl Who Came Home to Cornwall is an engaging story of love, betrayal, despair, happiness and hope. Suddenly a peaceful seaside village is in turmoil and nothing will ever be quite the same again. ‘A charming, warm-hearted read … Pure escapism’ ALICE PETERSON.‘The literary equivalent of a gin and tonic on a hot summer’s day … A delicious, delightful and decadent tale’ BOOKISH JOTTINGS. **
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Emma Burstall was a newspaper journalist in Devon and Cornwall before becoming a full time author. Tremarnock , the first novel in her series set in a delightful Cornish village, was published in 2015 and became a top-10 bestseller. emmaburstall.com @EmmaBurstall
Rand, Viscount Aylesford, needs a fiancée, and he needs one now. His requirements are concise: she must not embarrass him, and she must understand he has no intention of ever marrying her. Miss Grace Winter is the most stubborn of the notorious Wicked Winters. When her brother decrees she must marry well, she is every bit as determined to avoid becoming a noblemans wife. She would never marry a lord, especially not one as arrogant and insufferable as Aylesford. But pretending is another matter entirely. She has to admit the viscounts idea of a feigned betrothal between them would not be without its merits. Until Aylesford kisses her, and to her dismay, she likes it. Soon, their mutually beneficial pretense blossoms into something far more dangerous to both their hearts Length: Novella Heat level: Scorching Hot **
***The Bucket* by Allan Ahlberg – the enthralling childhood story one of Britain’s best-loved children’s authors** ‘My mother, who was not my mother, I see her now, her raw red cleaner’s hands twisting away at her apron as she struggled to speak. Adoption was a shameful business then in many people’s eyes, the babies being mostly illegitimate. Better not speak of it.’ Allan Ahlberg was adopted as a baby. In 1938 he was picked up in London by his new mother and taken back to Oldbury in the Black Country. Now one of the most successful children’s book writers in the world, in *The Bucket* he describes an oddly enchanted childhood lived out in an industrial town during the 1940s, in conditions which today we might describe as ‘deprived’. He writes of a father in overalls smelling of wood shavings and oil, of a tough and fiercely protective mother who cries when he discovers that he is adopted, of life assurance policies (‘£6 if the child dies under age 3’) and fearsome bacon slicers, of half-remembered trips to his mother’s sister’s grave and to the bluebell woods. And of his first days at school: ‘Allan could do much better. He is most inattentive and dreamy at times’ (school report, December 1946). Using a mix of prose and poetry, supported by new drawings by his daughter Jessica and old photographs, *The Bucket* retrieves a childhood which lovers of Ahlberg’s classic picturebooks *The Baby’s Catalogue, Burglar Bill* and *Peepo!* might feel they have glimpsed before but which are now exquisitely brought to life. This beautiful, exquisitely designed book, which will also appeal to fans of Gervase Phinn, Alan Bennett, Roald Dahl and Nigel Slater’s *Toast,* will be loved by generations of Ahlberg fans. ‘Allan Ahlberg has a string of children’s classics to his name’ Nicolette Jones, *Guardian* Born in Croydon but brought up by his adopted parents in the Black Country town of Oldbury, Allan Ahlberg held jobs as a gravedigger, postman and plumber’s mate before becoming a teacher. He taught for ten years before collaborating with his wife Janet on a series of much-loved, now classic children’s picture books including *Peepo!* , *Burglar Bill* , *Cops and Robbers* , *Each Peach Pear Plum* , *Woof!, Heard it in the Playground, Please Mrs Butler, The Boyhood of Burglar Bill, The Pencil, Friendly Matches, The Improbable Cat, Goldilocks, My Brother’s Ghost, The Mighty Slide, Collected Poems, The Boy, the Wolf, the Sheep and the Lettuce* and *The Ha Ha Bonk Book*. ** ### Review “Allan Ahlberg has a string of children’s classics to his name.” *Guardian* ### About the Author **Allan Ahlberg** , a former teacher, postman, plumber’s mate, and grave digger, is in the super-league of children’s writers. He has published over 100 children’s books and, with his late wife Janet, created such award winning picture books as *Each Peach Pear Plum* and *The Jolly Postman* both winners of the Kate Greenaway Medal. He has also written prize-winning poetry and fiction.
**The harder I try to hold her, the more she slips away ** Liz Wray never expected shed end up a single mom, but after wild one night with a mysterious stranger, thats exactly where shes at. Three months later, the father shows up, intent on making things right. Its far too late however, and for Liz, theres a lot more to fatherhood than just biology. Still, the more time she spends with him, the harder its becoming to ignore the burning desire between them. Valla Drakon is the newest awakened dragon, and hes in a bit of trouble. Halfway through his training, he snuck out one night and managed to get a human pregnant. He should be fighting vampires, but hes too busy fighting for the family he never knew he wanted. Distracted by his dragon duties, hes torn between two worlds and trying to bring them together might rip him apart. Liz isnt about to let some deadbeat into her life, and with every turn, Valla just digs himself a deeper hole. Yet with each conflict, the two find themselves inevitably drawn to one another again and again. She cant ignore his desire to give her the world, but when imminent danger arises, nor can she ignore that it was his reckless action that put her there. **
**Family comes firstand hell do whatever it takes to protect his from the looming storm.** Even before becoming a husband and father, safety had been Shane McDonalds priority for most of his forty-five years. As a nuclear engineer, its his responsibility to keep the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant functioning at optimum levels to avoid what protesters fear mosta meltdown. But when a coronal mass ejection from the sun wipes out power across the globe, stopping a nuclear chain reaction is no longer his primary concern. Now Shane must trek across hundreds of miles to ensure the safety of his loved ones in a world rapidly disintegrating into lawlessness. Yet with few functioning automobiles and a blind teenage daughter to protect, itll require careful planning to reach his prepper mother-in-laws and reunite with his family. His wife has her hands full as well. When her brothers chemo drip suddenly stops working and her son gets stuck in the hospital elevator, all Jodi McDonald wants is the security of her husbands steady presence. But with a weakened brother and inexperienced son to look after, Jodi must remain strong amid the chaos and help guide them to her mothers. However, even the best laid plans go awry as the miles stretch out between them. Supply thefts run rampant. Those who have necessities prey on those who dont. Minds broken by hardship kill on sight. But the fatal mistake comes when thugs threaten the McDonalds little girl. Shane must find the strength to do the unthinkableor watch his family suffer the consequences. *This novel contains violence.* **