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Brave New Worlds (Dystopian Stories)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2014
DO NOT BUY THIS IN eBOOK! IT LEAVES OUT LIKE 10 SHORT STORIES DUE TO COPYRIGHT! DO NOT FALL INTO HE SAME TRAP I DID!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
An excellent collection of stories that takes it start with Shirley Jackson's, "The Lottery" (a piece of the high school canon that many will recognize) and moves through a wide, dark landscape of stories. Each story comes with some basic introductory material about the author and the context of the work. The collection is framed by a Adams' introduction at the front end and a bibliography of further readings ("Notable Dytopias") by Ross Lockhart.

I appreciated the minimal commentary and the scope of the collection. As a fan of dark science fiction, I loved the variety and volume of stories. As a teacher, I think the collection would make for an excellent reader for a genre studies course.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent if enjoyed in small doses. Be aware what this book is, there is no hope, no light, and no uplifting messages. That being said, I enjoy all types of dystopian and paranoid ramblings. I even devour some really nihilistic books that wither a persons soul so when I say this book is really really dark you should understand what that means. There is everything in here from the best government conspiracies to the complete annihilation of hope and the human spirit.

Also, this was a good chance for me to read The Lottery which I had heard so much about over the years and still failed to read and while I enjoyed it, it does not seem age well and was one of the lesser stories.

There is a great mixture of all the darkest and saddest stories in the book and they generally seem to flow well together. Some of the stories are even exceptional while all are above average or better. Do yourself a favor and don't do like I did and power through the book overnight. Sip slowly like a well aged vintage so the darkness doesn't overwhelm.

Or just go crazy, either way this is an excellent collection and a worthwhile addition to any library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
This galley was supplied by NetGalley and only included a few of the stories from this collection. If these stories are anything to go by, this is one heck of a collection. As with any anthology such as this, you will get the odd story that does not work for you and a majority of them that will.

This one surprised me by having more than the average amount of stories that I liked. There are a lot of depressing one in here, but that is what happens when you collect so many dystopian stories together by so many great names.

This edition contains three additional stories in the publication of the second edition. The sample stories within the galley were Robert Reed's The Cull, Jennifer Pelland's Personal Jesus and Ken Liu's The Perfect Match. All three of these stories captured my attention as I read.

I will definitely be looking for the entire anthology and not just this sample.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2013
I really like this book, however it is missing some short story chapters in the ebook that the paperback has.
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on October 22, 2014
I did not know what "Dystopian" meant but even without the forward saying it was from the ancient Greek words for "bad" and "place", after reading a few stories, I would have guessed. The stories were mesmerizing and thought provoking. I had read the "Lottery" by Shirley Jackson, many years ago and it is as disturbing as ever. However, I found "The Ones Who Walk Away form Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin, even more so. The other stories all fell in the range from disturbing to deeply disturbing, even though the formats and tales were all very different. The old conscripting the young for their organs, people controlled by all manner of means, memories erased, bodies constricted, people granted murder licenses, people used as tools, people killed and imprisoned for sexual orientation or reproductive decisions, for having personal beliefs, and on and on. Sounds horrible but some horrors exist now. there are instances where men, women and children are captured and used as slaves;as forced industrial or farm workers, in the sex trade, as personal servants, who are later found dead, possibly murdered and sometimes tortured because they ran or tried to tell, or simply were sick or no longer profitable. Less obvious are societal neglect, allowing lack of food, health care, education and sanitation, etc., to infect another generation. The stories in this book, while fiction, do highlight many problems and failings that do exist and from the introduction to each piece, this was likely each author's intent. Maybe this compilation will inspire some visionaries to come up with suggestions for improving the human condition while allowing for individualism and choice. Re Utopias, the fabled Shangri-law (movie, "Lost Horizons", 1937), while not perfect, and not a democracy, had much to recommend it.
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on May 26, 2015
Brave New Worlds is a great anthology with a theme: dystopian stories. Dystopian is the opposite of utopian, so many of these tales are dark, bleak, and chilling. They are also very good, and some are classics in the science fiction genre.

What I really loved about this book was that it mixes new and old writers, and brings some fantastic stories from writers I’d never heard of, as well as some of the masters of the genre. There’s also a nice intro for each story, introducing the story and the author, and I found that both interesting and helpful.
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on June 7, 2015
This is an anthology of works by several authors. I used several selections last school year when teaching dystopian fiction to my students and they loved them. It really helped motivate them to study and learn more about dystopian fiction and to create their own dystopian short stories. Great piece of literature!
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on March 16, 2014
One of the best collections of the classic tales from some of the best authors I've seen. I've used this in my high school creative writing class so often I had to buy a second set. And they are all here with some interesting new pieces I was not aware of. Absolutely terrific!!!!
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on July 25, 2014
Great choice of stories that each have a larger message about real life social, political, economic, religious, or scientific issues.
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