2041: Twelve Short Stories About the Future by Top Science Fiction Writers
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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ix • Introduction: A Day in the Life • (1991) • essay by Jane Yolen
1 • Much Ado About [Censored] • (1988) • shortstory by Connie Willis (variant of Ado)
20 • Who's Gonna Rock Us Home? • (1991) • shortstory by Nancy Springer
39 • Lose Now, Pay Later • (1991) • shortstory by Carol Farley
49 • A Quiet One • (1991) • novelette by Anne McCaffrey
87 • Moby James • (1991) • shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
100 • If I Had the Wings of an Angel • (1991) • shortstory by Joe Haldeman [as by Joe W. Hald ...more
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 ...more
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, Whatsthatbook.com, 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 ...more
Now I just need to find that short story about teleporters between houses and the idea that the outside is dangerous...