The place is the United States. The time, the near-future, 2020-2040. Here, justice is blind and the ranks of the disenfranchised have swollen to a toxic level. High-tech rules the day while human nature, for better or worse, remains constant. In nine interwoven tales, Mosley paints a keen if fictional portrait of what the future could hold if our own political climate continues. A bestselling author in the mystery and literary genres, Walter Mosley has added science fiction to his list of successes. Blue Light (Little, Brown and Company, 1998) netted over 30,000 copies in hardcover and was a #1 Los Angeles Times bestseller, a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, and a New York Times Notable Book for 1998. Additionally, Blue Light won widespread acclaim in national publications and was a Selection of Book-of-the-Month Club. iPublish.com offered two short stories from Futureland as original eBooks in 12/00. Walkin the Dog (Little, Brown and Company, 10/99), the authors previous short-story collection, grossed nearly 68,000 hardcover copies. Mosley is the author of the New York Times bestselling Easy Rawlins novels.
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Futureland is bestselling mystery author Walter Mosley's first science fiction book since Blue Light, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Futureland's nine linked stories will provide an accessible and intelligent introduction to written science fiction for mystery or mainstream fiction fans who do not normally read the genre.
Experienced science fiction readers, however, may be less than satisfied with Futureland. Reading it, you might decide Mr. Mosley grew up reading SF, respects the genre, and still watches SF movies, but has read little SF written during or after the New Wave of the 1960s. However, something more may be going on here than a genre newcomer making beginning-SF-writer mistakes. Mr. Mosley may be deliberately, and craftily, creating SF accessible to his large non-SF readership and to others who are strangers to this genre.
Some have labeled Futureland cyberpunk, and it does present a dark, infotech-saturated, corporation-controlled future; but it is in fact an inversion of cyberpunk. Instead of that subgenre's cliche of cool, cutting-edge, street-smart, but not very believable outlaws who out-hack and outwit powerful multinational corporations, this Dante-esque collection presents outlaws and outcasts who may be street-wise, but who have little chance of overcoming the corporations and governments that control, and sometimes take, their lives. Like shockingly few other SF works, Futureland directly examines the lives of the working and the nonworking classes, the poor and the marginalized, the criminal and the criminalized. In other words, Futureland is set in a world quite alien to many veteran SF readers, and is therefore a book they should try. --Cynthia WardAbout the Author:
Walter Mosley is the author of the New York Times bestselling Easy Rawlins novels. He lives in New York City.
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