A People's Future of the United States

Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers

Paperback, 432 pages

Published Feb. 5, 2019 by One World, Random House Publishing Group.

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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 presents twenty never-before-published stories by a diverse group of writers, featuring voices both new and well-established. These stories imagine their characters fighting everything from government surveillance, to corporate cities, to climate change disasters, to nuclear wars. But fear not: A People's Future also invites readers into visionary futures in which the country is shaped by justice, equity, and joy.

Edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams, this collection features a glittering landscape of moving, visionary stories written from the perspective of people of color, indigenous writers, women, queer & trans people, …

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Just some damn good speculative fiction

4 stars

I picked this book up in a Chicago bookstore, drawn to the title’s blatant parallels to a book that shaped my political views. A People’s Future promises a collection of speculative fiction - curated at the start of Trump’s presidency- to inspire a new vision of resistance in times of oppression, surveillance, and fascism. My favorite stories in this collection are from the usual suspects - Charlie Jane Anders, N K Jemesin , and Charles Ya …but I was also introduced to new authors such as Tananarive Due and Omar El Akkad. Not every story resonated with me, but I still cherish this collection for giving me just enough hope when I was so desperately craving it.