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2041: Twelve Short Stories About the Future by Top Science Fiction Writers

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  144 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Where will you be in the year 2041?

The Drapery Defense League objects to Hamlet because Polonius is stabbed while he's hiding behind a curtain, rock'n'roll gangs roam the streets, a scrumptious free confection called swoodies has been devised to make people gain weight, then pay to lose it, and people attach an extra ear to their own to amplify noise....

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 1st 1994 by Laurel Leaf (first published January 1st 1990)
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Nov 23, 2007 Trin marked it as to-read
Shelves: sci-fi, shortstories, ya
This if a fondly-remembered short story collection from my childhood/early teen years that I happily finally managed to track down again. The story "Lose Now, Pay Later" still haunts me; let's see how the rest hold up.
A very sharp anthology - did an excellent job of hooking me, when I was a "young adult" reader thirsting for sci-fi. "Who's Gonna Rock Us Home?" by Nancy Springer probably gave me the most vivid memories, I still carry the idea of "Old Glory" by Bruce Coville with me, "Much Ado About [Censored]" by Connie Willis left me rolling with laughter, and Joe Haldeman's "If I Had the Wings of an Angel" was quite good too. Really, just about all of the stories provoked me to think or feel in a new way. On ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Nerija marked it as to-read

This review focuses on the story "Lose Now, Pay Later," by Carol Farley; I have not read the rest of the stories in 2041, so I can't give it an overall rating.

This review is also posted, in part, here.

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Here and there on Q&A forums – Yahoo Answers,, etc. – you’ll see someone asking for the title of that one story they read years ago…the one with the weird candy or something that makes you gain lots of weight, and then the machine that magically takes it a
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Sep 27, 2014 Elizabeth Wallace rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
It's kind of a fun read, but not very satisfying in the end. It was written back in the 90's, speculating what things would be like 50 years from then.

Twenty-some years later and it feels dated. Not the ideas (though I don't think in 25 years we're going to have half the technologies they talk about in the book) but the style itself. It's...innocent? The cover of the 80's looking couple on the front should have clued me in to the fact that this wasn't going to be a dark and gritty collection. Th
Mar 17, 2011 {eri} rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
One of several science fiction anthologies I somehow acquired, either at Goodwill or online for a few dollars. This I recall being a Goodwill find and an awesome one at that! At the time I didn't even recognize who Jane Yolen was but having her as the editor makes this all the more exciting. I remember liking a lot of the stories in this collection but it was the story "Lose Now, Pay Later" about swoodies that really stuck out in my mind. Very good!
Mar 16, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
I really loved this book, in no small part because I had been searching for "Lose Now, Pay Later" for years, since I read it as a kid in a reading book at school. It's still one of my favorites, for a variety of reasons, and I was glad to finally find it! The other stories are pretty interesting, as well.

Now I just need to find that short story about teleporters between houses and the idea that the outside is dangerous...
Dec 22, 2009 krin rated it liked it
Shelves: sf
I enjoyed this collection of short stories about possible future. Connie Willis' Much Ado About [Censored:] made me both think about censorship and chuckle at the absurdity of various groups banning lines from Hamlet until there was practically nothing left. On the opposite spectrum, stories such as Carol Farley's Lose Now, Pay Later and Bruce Coville's Old Glory made me think about not taking responsibility and rights for granted.
Jan 13, 2016 Ian rated it liked it
The winners of this anthology, in my opinion, are:

Much Ado About [Censored] by Connie Willis
Moby James by Patricia A. McKillip
The Last Out by Resa Nelson and David Alexander Smith
Free Day by Peg Kerr
Beggarman by Susan Shwartz
Old Glory by Bruce Coville
Kristen Pfaff
This was an interesting mix of stories, I suppose. Not all of them were very good. I got the book because I was looking for a story I once read in sixth grade, "Lose Now, Pay Later." There was a funny tale about censorship in the future that I quite enjoyed.
Jun 04, 2008 lisa rated it it was amazing
absolutely the best collection of sci-fi short stories i've come across. found this book in the locker room when i was 12; re-read it almost every year.
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Gem: "The Quiet One."
Just because it's the mid-21st century and we're colonizing space doesn't mean the Wild West is gone!
"Old Glory" is great too, but I had read it before in one of Bruce Coville's collections.
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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