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Tomorrow's Parties: Life in the Anthropocene (Twelve Tomorrows) (Paperback)
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Twelve visions of living in a climate-changed world.
We are living in the Anthropocene—an era of dramatic and violent climate change featuring warming oceans, melting icecaps, extreme weather events, habitat loss, species extinction, and more. What will life be like in a climate-changed world? In Tomorrow’s Parties, science fiction authors speculate how we might be able to live and even thrive through the advancing Anthropocene. In ten original stories by writers from around the world, an interview with celebrated writer Kim Stanley Robinson, and a series of intricate and elegant artworks by Sean Bodley, Tomorrow’s Parties takes rational optimism as a moral imperative, or at least a pragmatic alternative to despair.
In these stories—by writers from the United Kingdom, the United States, Nigeria, China, Bangladesh, and Australia—a young man steals from delivery drones; a political community lives on an island made of ocean-borne plastic waste; and a climate change denier tries to unmask “crisis actors.” Climate-changed life also has its pleasures and epiphanies, as when a father in Africa works to make his son’s dreams of “Viking adventure” a reality, and an IT professional dispatched to a distant village encounters a marvelous predigital fungal network. Contributors include Pascall Prize for Criticism winner James Bradley, Hugo Award winners Greg Egan and Sarah Gailey, Philip K Dick Award winner Meg Elison, and New York Times bestselling author Daryl Gregory.
About the Author
Jonathan Strahan is a World Fantasy Award–winning editor, anthologist, and podcaster. Reviews editor for Locus magazine and consulting editor for Tor.com, he cohosts and produces the Hugo-nominated Coode Street Podcast.
"A disarmingly credible portrait of what life and work might be like in a future that may already be here, and that may or may not be reclaimable."
"A great lineup of stories."
"A treat box full of riveting narratives about lived experiences in the Anthropocene. Together they present a compelling narrative . . . that the richness of life will endure past most changes."
"Packed with solid stories, including a handful of gems, and succeeds in its aim to explore our future with rational optimism."
—Engineering & Technology