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This collection of short stories all deal with what a Trump presidency might mean to everyone in the United States. Some are humorous, like Lincoln's Gettysburg address as if Mr. Trump had said it instead of Lincoln, to the serious, like a mistreated immigrant dreaming of summer pinwheels. This is a group of stories best taken in small doses in order to digest what you read and recover from the strong emotions these stories provoke. If you too where shocked and dismayed on November 8, 2016, this anthology was written for you.
Headlines, such as the park service going rogue and the army possibly going against American citizens, seem to have sparked Blaze Ward’s imagination, and the result is “The Last Ranger (ANPS -1, CE 2053),” a story about a young man who wants to be a Forest Ranger, not a soldier, but circumstances pits him against Trump’s vision of an army. Louis Marley’s “Relics: a Fable,” provides moving dystopian view of where we may be going with so much love and humanity that it hurts.
Alternative Truths mixes more light-hearted stories with the doom. Diana Hauer’s “The Trumperor and the Nightingale,” is a fairy tale, with all the bad parts that make the good parts better. In “As Prophesied of Old,” by Susan Murrie Macdonald, Trump visits Great Britain (Queen Elizabeth II should read this one), and while the lowliest lowly in Parliament are called on to comment, someone shakes off the dirt and… no spoilers.
Adam-Troy Castro’s “Q&A,” and Jim Wright’s “President Trump, Gettysburg, November 19, 1863” provide many good laughs and guffaws as they use Trump’s own words in these gems of snark and satire.
There are many other good stories, but what fun would that be for you if I summarized this smart book like Trump did the deed? Read it and enjoy.
It’s time from Radford and Brown to do the next 100 days. Smart, witty stories are going to help us get through this.
Jim's contribution I'd read before - The Gettysburg Address as interpreted by Donald Trump. That alone is worth the price.
The other contributions were all new to me. I haven't been disappointed by any of them. There are fairy tales (A reinterpretation of Hans Christian Andersen's Nightingale), stock sci-fi, hopeless dystopia and hopeful dystopia. A tale of a third generation Muslim Indian coming home after work has a heartening surprise twist.
It's so easy to get bogged down by the unrelenting 24 hour news cycle. Really great fiction, even if it is about the current circus of our times, is a great escape. This is a great escape.