Automotive Holiday Deals Books Holiday Gift Guide Shop Men's Athletic Shoes Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon Adele egg_2015 All-New Amazon Fire TV Get Ready for the Winter Gifts Under $50 Amazon Gift Card Offer bf15 bf15 bf15 $30 Off Amazon Echo $15 Off All-New Fire Kindle Black Friday Deals Shop Now Tikes

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Buy Used
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Like New | Details
Condition: Used: Like New
Comment: An unread copy in perfect condition. Pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. Suitable for presenting as a gift.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Futureshocks Paperback – January 3, 2006

5 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
New from Used from
"Please retry"
$1.98 $0.01

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book: Use promo code HOLIDAY30 at checkout to get an extra 30% off any book for a limited time. Excludes Kindle eBooks and Audible Audiobooks. Restrictions apply. Learn more

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A few of the 16 contributions to Anders's all-original anthology about the dark side of tomorrow simply present a Big Scary Idea with little storytelling; others offer the kind of thoughtful, full-bodied admonitions that SF can do so well. Sean McMullen's "The Engines of Arcadia," for example, reconsiders the devolutionary theory of H.G. Wells's The Time Machine: what if humans weren't doomed to degenerate but instead could choose to survive happily for all time? Another side of humanity comes into play in Adam Roberts's "Man You Gotta Go," the story of a chirpy, helpful AI that gives us all the chance to explore the universe—if we're willing to give up our physical bodies. The nature of a "human" soul is tested in Robert Charles Wilson's "The Cartesian Theater," in which artificial constructions die in agony for the audience's amusement. These writers stress human potential for bad choices. Evidently, we are the scariest aspect of the future. Read in short stretches, this volume offers a worthwhile assortment of jolting warnings. Anders (Live Without a Net) is the editorial director of Pyr, Prometheus Books' SF imprint.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

With the title of his social critique, Future Shock (1970), Alvin Toffler coined a term to describe the angst created by sudden, disorienting technological advancement. Although technology's social disruption has been a theme in sf since the genre's inception, editor Anders wisely limits the selections in this collection of new stories to extrapolating inventive scenarios from today's more disquieting trends. In the brilliant opening story, Paul DiFilippo envisions what havoc might be wrought should a common drug eliminate the need for sleep. Alan Dean Foster explores the seamier side of biochips in a fanciful tale about knowledge junkies--that is, people who can't stop uploading entire encyclopedias to their cerebral cortices. The time viewer in Mike Resnick and Harry Turtledove's collaboration is an intriguing device that allows glimpses of any past event, but probing history's archives a little too far can be deadly. There are 16 entertaining and thought-provoking stories in all here, and they are just unsettling enough that readers may want to spread out reading them over several sittings. Carl Hays
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Hero Quick Promo
Holiday Deals in Kindle Books
Save up to 85% on more than 1,000 Kindle Books. These deals are valid until November 30, 2015. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Roc Trade; First Edition edition (January 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451460650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451460653
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,106,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Spoering on March 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
For those of you that prefer pure 'Hard' science fiction please be advised that some of the sixteen stories here contain elements of fantasy, and I for one also prefer 'Hard' science fiction. Nevertheless, every one of these stories are page turners and will keep your interest. These writers are veterans, and at the beginning of each story editor Lou Anders, also an accomplished writer, introduces each one of them, they all have impressive credentials. All of the stories demonstrate great creativity, and the words just flow off the pages. After reading this, perhaps you, like me, will realize that a lot of unanticipated bad things may materialize out of future capabilities. Read and enjoy.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Lou Anders oversaw the fine anthology LIVE WITHOUT A NET: his latest compilation, FUTURESHOCKS, gathers new science fiction and horror stories which have roots in biological, technological and sociological change and feature works by seasoned authors, from Paul Di Fillipo and Mike Resnick to Harry Turtledove and Louise Marley. Any who enjoy speculating about the future's dangers will relish a collection which gathers engrossing stories of future dangers.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By average on July 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is an interesting book, if a little flimsy quality if you are going to be paying trade prices. Groovy cover, though. Some decent stuff here, and it was certainly interesting to see Chris Roberson in something like this.

A pretty good collection, average rating for stories almost makes 3.5.

Futureshocks : Shuteye For the Timebroker - Paul Di Filippo
Futureshocks : Looking Through Mother's Eyes - John Meaney
Futureshocks : The Man Who Knew Too Much - Alan Dean Foster
Futureshocks : The Engines of Arcadia - Sean McMullen
Futureshocks : The Pearl Diver - Caitlin R. Kiernan
Futureshocks : Before the Beginning - Mike Resnick and Harry Turtledove
Futureshocks : Man You Gotta Go - Adam Roberts
Futureshocks : Homosexuals Damned Film At Eleven - Alex Irvine
Futureshocks : Contagion - Chris Roberson
Futureshocks : Absalom's Mother - Louise Marley
Futureshocks : Job Qualifications - Kevin J. Anderson
Futureshocks : The Teosinte War - Paul Melko
Futureshocks : Slip - Robert A. Metzger
Futureshocks : All's Well At World's End - Howard V. Hendrix
Futureshocks : Flashes - Robert J. Sawyer
Futureshocks : The Cartesian Theater - Robert Charles Wilson

Degenerate gambling sleepless now sleeper finds dream power.

4.5 out of 5

Birth is really, really draining on the parents.

2 out of 5

Brainbook junkie.

4 out of 5

A man, bored with his safe, controlled, present society, rustles up a time machine and goes far into the future. He is somewhat surprised to find a society of medieval mutant munchkins, that behave very differently.

3.5 out of 5

American fascist Orwellian Dilbert hell sacking bejewelled transformation.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
As described in the introduction, this sixteen collection science fiction anthology focuses on future trending of "new fears arising out of sociological, biological or technological change". Each tale centers on a particular hot button that a relatively large populace believes will lead to the end of society as we know it; similar as pointed out by Mr. Anders to the 1950s and 1960s nuclear trepidations. The contributions range the spectrum of controversy such as bioengineering or "living" after death, and of course AI, etc. Overall the compilation is superb with some tales going very deep in spite of the shortness. A shocked audience will ponder bad choices that lead to the denigrating of a group; not necessarily purebred human. Though a few tales surface the potential, they do not dig deep into the impact; however, for the most part most of the compilation will leave readers wondering whether Pogo is right that we met the enemy and he (or she or it) is us.

Harriet Klausner
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Millennium TV repair on May 30, 2015
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse