Fifteen predictions, seventy years in the future. By 2084 the world we know is gone. These are stories from our world seven decades later.

In 1948 George Orwell looked at the world around him and his response was 1984, now a classic dystopian novel. Here eleven writers asked themselves the same questions as Orwell did – where are we going, and what is our future?

Visit the dark corners of the future metropolis, trek the wastelands of all that remains. See the world through the yes of drones. Put humanity on trial as the oceans rise. Say goodbye to your body as humanity merges with technology.

Warnings or prophesies? Paradise or destruction? Will we be proud of what we have achieved, in 2084?

Our future unfolds before us.
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Published September 11th 2017 by Unsung Stories
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The power of Orwell 's imagining in 1984 was that he tied it to existing horrors, created an allegorical future society, and made the connections clear enough yet left enough interpretation that in the decad since, people on all sides of the olitical spectrum have read it as a warning of what those other people will do if they come to power.The stories in 2084, on the other and, are mostly run-of-the-mill crapsack world future dystopias.

The rotagonists of the stories are Muslim infiltrators making use of advanced technology to help get their people across Europe 's high-tech borders; on the surface, it seems we 're meant to root for the main haracters, but it could also be read as a warning about Europe 's future.Desirina Boskovich 's Here Comes the Flood combines economic and environmental collapse with reality TV, in an impoverished future of a few enclaves struggling to keep the lights on, while slowly trying all the elderly survivors of the profligate previous generations for their wasteful crimes against their descendants.Fly Away, Peter by Ian Hocking, was perhaps the most disturbing story in this collection, and the most clearly 1984-like, with a look at how day care in an authoritarian dystopia might look.A Good Citizen by Anne Charnock is a lighthearte look at voting, in a world where citizens who can barely eat are distracted with votes on trivial issues, where elections really have no more meaning than an Internet poll.The Endling Market by E.J. Swift was really just a SF story about endangered species and the eople who hunt them down and sell their remnants.Glitterati by Oliver Langmead lampoons the stylish snobbery of the leisure classes.It was generally agreed that Simone was a fashion genius, after all.

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I quite liked the ide of this books.

I had the good fortune to have read the works of some of the authors before buying the book, so I had a foretaste of what to expect, secure in the understandin that I would like some of the authors.

One could say that there is a degree of inconsistency in the writing between some of the piec, but I found that it works because it adds another dimension to the book.The subject of the pieces differed between writers, but they fell into three main themes- humanity -vs- humanity ( an obvious one perhaps?), humanity -vs- technology ( perhaps displaying our contemporary anxieties about runaway technology?), and humanity -vs- the environment ( perhaps displaying our anxieties about climate change?).

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It offers “ 15 predictions of the world, 67 years in the future. ” The authors have created a variety of dystopian societies that it is distressingly easy to believe could come to be.In each of the stories technological innovation has created a shift in the way people live, not necessarily for the wors.

[ … ] It was unfathomable that people existed like that. ” When Simone mistakenly wears the wrong colour for a day he worries that he will suffer demotion.

Instead he finds himself trend-setting, which brings new pressures to bear.The Infinite Eye by JP Smythe looks at life from the perspective of an illegal, living in a camp and looking for work.

Instead they plug people into their network to observe and act as needed. “ You ’ ll be eyes for the ameras, for the drones.

Then switch to a drone, follow the incident. ” The man is good at this job, but the violation he can not observe is the one that involves himself.Several of the stories explore a world where a new generation of robotic helpers become sentient, where there is an overlap between man and machine.

The population in this tory are kept entertained by constantly running reality shows which they may interact with, affecting outcomes.

It is not a subject for discourse, negativity being unwelcome on The Space.Each of these stories builds on topics raised today, playing out possibilities in disquieting directions.

A collection that deserves to be widely read.My copy of this novel was provided gratis by the editor, Unsung Stories.

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The tale compares it to a current day iPhone launch but the risks are much worse.The other stand-out was the final tal, Christopher Priest ’ s Shooting an Episode which is the ultimate combination of today ’ s assions for reality TV, gaming, gambling and social media.As an exercise in repeating the ideas of 1984 this book really succeeds; it will challenge your thoughts about the future and about the present time.

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As technology becomes ever more prevalent in our lives, are our fears of too much surveillance and too little privacy warranted? Here are brief summaries of the novellas that impressed me the most: Babylon by Dave HutchinsonA tale of borders, immigrants, prejudice and transformation.

This reads like a colour-drenched nightmare.Room 149 by Jeff NoonThis Jeff Noon short story is a dream-like tale of ghosts on a space station.

Cassandra Khaw 's cinematic story reads like an extract from a future noir screenplay.

Yet by addressing some of our present fears these future-set stories feel very relevant and timely.

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