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Beacons: Stories for Our Not So Distant Future [Kindle Edition]

Gregory Norminton
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Book Description

Beacons throws down the gauntlet, challenging best-selling and award-winning authors to imagine where we, and out planet, might be headed and, in imagining, help us transform the way we look at our world and change things for the better. From Joanne Harris’ powerful vision of a near future where ‘outside’ has become a thing of history to Nick Hayes’ beautifully illustrated tale of the bond between man and nature, Beacons sees the coming together of dystopian satire, speculative and historical fiction, metaphorical flights of fancy, quiet tragedy, and farcical comedy in stories that are as various as our possible futures. Provocative, encouraging, and deeply moving, Beacons represents the best of short story writing — and collectively illuminates the immediacy of the ecological problems at hand.

All author royalties will go to the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, one of the largest groups of people dedicated to action on climate change and limiting its impact on the world’s poorest people.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This collection features short stories about climate change penned by a variety of Great Britain's writers specifically for this book and to raise money for the Stop Climate Change Chaos Coalition. The best pieces are the ones that play not only with the prescribed subject, but also with form, like Marek's "The Great Consumer," an amusing one act play where time travelers attempt to go back in time to assassinate the inventor of mass consumerism, and Miller's wonderful "What Is Left to See," that uses a futuristic "dayblog" filled with hash tags, acronyms and commentators to envision the destroyed city of Miami. Some of the work bogs down with the assigned theme, where character and plot become more dictated to, rather than the reverse, and inform the reader from within. Two other exceptional stories are Howitt's "The Weatherman" where an ex-radical must choose between pursuing his past anti-government agenda or selling out to the regime in order to save his family, and McCann's "Holiday in Iceland," set in the near future, follows a family choosing to modify its ecological footprint by altering their summer vacation: A simple act that serves as a great beacon of light in attempt to rescue their own planet. (Aug.)


"Deeply rewarding to read" - Huffington Post
"Consistently engaging and inventive" - Irish Times

Product Details

  • File Size: 2370 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1851689699
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications (March 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BF9N22I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,243,174 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Stories that Support a Good Cause April 18, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
These stories are super imaginative and interesting presentations of what life might be like after we pass the tipping point on climate change. And the editor donates all royalties to an organization fighting to stop this environmental cataclysm. Well worth the nominal cost!
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