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"Lean, whip-smart, and raw as a fresh gash in the mosh pit, these stories revel in the anarchic zeal of punk rock while rooting themselves in the black-glitter futurism of science fiction. Johnny Rotten may have sneered 'No future!', but A Punk Rock Future dares to scream otherwise." - Jason Heller, Hugo Award-winning editor and author of Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded.
"A Punk Rock Future edited by Steve Zisson brings together 25 original stories and one reprint celebrating the spirit of punk - the loud, messy, DIY spirit that shouts back at authority and in no uncertain terms," - A.C. Wise, a Lambda Literary Award finalist and winner of the Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, has published two collections of short fiction and a novella, Catfish Lullaby.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- File Size : 1492 KB
- Publication Date : October 8, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 208 pages
- Publisher : Zsenon Publishing; 1st Edition (October 8, 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07PWTKNW3
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
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I really liked that the anthology was bookended by two ultimately hopeful stories about punk bands traveling through dystopic Americas in their vans before breaking down, one in Iowa and in the other story, the Southwest. The book’s opening story, “Trial and Terror,” by Erica L. Satifka got the anthology off to a solid start. Does the band get out of a terrifying Iowa alive? I won’t spoil that for you. Satifka’s story is hopeful in the end as is the last story in the book, “You Can’t Kill Polka.”
The book is filled with stories from some of the rising stars in science fiction and fantasy as well as newcomers and up-and-comers, who all give their wild takes on punk rock futures.
There are other stories I really loved from: Sarah Pinsker, Margaret Killjoy, Michael Harris Cohen, Spencer Ellsworth, Maria Haskins, Charles Payseur, Zandra Renwick, Corey White, Marie Vibbert and Izzy Wasserstein.
In particular, as a piano player myself, Sarah Pinsker’s “A Song Transmuted” resonated with me. Her story in this anthology turned me onto Pinsker’s debut novel, “A Song for New Day,” which is just out and set in a similar near-future, an underground music scene. It’s a perfect next read.
If you’re a fan of punk rock music or for that matter, any music genre (even polka!), this anthology has something for you. It’s even more of a draw if you also like your science fiction and fantasy mostly in the near future. If you like both music and SFF, it’s a double treat.
When I finished the anthology, I was left with a feeling of hope despite some bleak tales.
Perhaps it is disappointing that there are no punk rock futures that envision euphoric utopia or utopian euphoria without consequence, but then again a lack of optimism is the fatal flaw inherent in punk’s DNA (despite efforts to the contrary by LA’s Better Youth Organization, DC’s Positive Force or even, I suppose, Krishna consciousness). But that baked-in pessimism, while limiting, doesn’t diminish the entertainment to be derived from stories such as Maria Haskin’s “Deepster Punks,” an understated yet engrossing whodunnit and one of the collection’s highlights.
Sarah Pinsker’s “A Song Transmuted” most deftly integrates an appropriately punk spirit with a quasi-Gibsonian tale of one woman’s effort at self-expression via body mod. But perhaps the biggest emotional payoff is in R.K. Duncan’s pretty terrific “Music For An Electronic Body,” a longer offering tucked away near the back of Mr. Zisson’s volume. It’s protagonist struggles with how his appreciation for music is blunted as a result of his transitioning to a cyborg. “They didn’t lie about it,” Rob reasons about the folks who did the work, “but it’s just noise now. I don’t feel anything when I hear it.” It turns out there is a trade-off that might solve his problem, but how much is one willing to sacrifice in order to love music? How much is that worth? I recommend giving the story your time to find out. “A Punk Rock Future” is available around the Interpants; here’s a handy Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1733775005/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_8TKPDb99ZN1P3
But I haven’t really kept up, so when the lead character in Erica L. Satifka’s “Trial and Terror” meets someone new, and their relationship turns sexual at their next meeting, is that too abrupt, or is she serving the needs of the genre? I don’t want to sound like someone reviewing the first Ramones record in Guitar Player magazine in 1976 saying “Where are the solos?”
Oh well, I’m going with my gut: that part was too abrupt. But it doesn’t matter, because the hook of that story, one band member defending another at a trial, is an absolutely perfect metaphor for what it feels like to be in a band. Your bandmates are your best friends, but they’re going to exasperate you sometimes, and often in public.
The collection is a little uneven, like all anthologies (especially punk anthologies), but it has enough to keep you reading. There are probably too many Clash references, but “Fury’s Hour” wins for being the most subtle one. And yes, there were a couple of stories I just didn’t like, but the real strength of this collection is that it exists. It’s evident that a lot of work went into it, and it features writers from two continents on one stage. Of course you should check it out.