Sunday, November 29, 2009

2041: Twelve Short Stories About the Future By Top Science Fiction Writers edited by Jane Yolen

First sentence:

"'I did it, Becky,' Portria shouted at me from the forty yard line. 'I talked her into it!'"


Where will you be in the year 2041?

The Drapery Defense League objects to Hamlet because Polonius is stabbed while he's hiding behind a curtain, rock 'n' roll gangs roam the streets, a scrumptious free confecton called swoodies has been devised to make people gain weight--then pay to lose it, and people attach an extra ear to their own to amplify noise....

Leading science fiction writer Jane Yolen presents twelve humorous to horrific, entertaining and intriguing stories about the future by top writers, including Bruce Coville, Joe Haldeman, Anne McCaffrey, Patricia A. McKillip and Connie Willis.

My thoughts:

I enjoyed this collection of short stories about possible future. Connie Willis' Much Ado About [Censored] made me both think about censorship and chuckle at the absurdity of various groups banning lines from Hamlet until there was practically nothing left. On the opposite spectrum, stories such as Carol Farley's Lose Now, Pay Later and Bruce Coville's Old Glory made me think about not taking responsibility and rights for granted.

Date read: 11/28/2009
Book #: 59
Rating: 3*/5 = good
Genre: SF

ISBN-10: 0440218985
ISBN-13: 9780440218982
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Year: 1994
# of Pages: 218
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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