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Futureland: Nine Stories of an Imminent World

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Life in America a generation from now isn't much different from today: The drugs are better, the daily grind is worse. The gap between the rich and the poor has widened to a chasm. You can store the world's legal knowledge on a chip in your little finger, while the Supreme Court has decreed that constitutional rights don't apply to any individual who challenges the system. ...more
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Published November 28th 2001 by Brilliance Audio (first published November 12th 2001)
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Seizure Romero
Mar 12, 2008 Seizure Romero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not much of a big weepy nancy-boy, but the first story in this collection almost made me cry. I said almost. Shut up.
Eli
This anthology has created a future that is both advanced and backward –– a world where technology has played a drastic role in both large-scale convenience and oppression. In this world, we see how such technology has been used in different ways: how it is a tool that can expand, or limit, the breadths of human horizon. This is very evident in the way people are segregated. Those who belong to the upper classes stay high above the ground, and those who own nothing stay deep underneath… literall ...more
Kathy Davie
Jul 02, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nine short stories of horrifying science fiction, of a future that simply continues the problems of today with more advanced science. Each story provides a different look at this future society, and it isn't nice. It isn't a world in which I want to live, where your birth or lack of employment condemns you to a life of nothing. Where the system is sucking out man's ingenuity and spirit for the sake of production and profit.

The stories tie loosely together with a few common characters that crop u
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Vincent
Sep 08, 2014 Vincent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this e-book from our local library, knowing nothing about the author. I just read the description on the library's website and thought, as a casual sci-fi fan, it sounded intruiging. Wow. I'm totally blown away.

This is a story (actually several stories that interconnect) about a frighteningly possible world. Corporate greed, social immobility, and wealth-inequity taken to logical extremes in an all-too-near future. A world far closer in some regards than when it was written (2001).

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Wizzard
I realized from my readings over the Christmas season why I enjoy well-written books from Black culture more than most science fiction books (though I do like them a great deal!). They rank higher in my favorite books because these treasures ring true to what I know, they convey in their narratives truths about Black culture and its complex situatedness to America. Science fiction often catapults from reality to a clean slate largely of the author’s imagination. The stories in Mosley’s Futurelan ...more
Flying_Monkey
Dec 10, 2009 Flying_Monkey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having though 'Blue Light' one of the most fantastic new SF novels of recent years, and having been amazed at its poor reception from Mosley fans, I was delighted and surprised to see him back with another work of SF, and one which deals with many of the same themes as his previous genre work, but in markedly different ways.

The worst thing about 'Futureland' is its title - I suspect an editor wary of making the book too inaccessible to non-SF readers (or perhaps even Mosley himself worrying abou
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Wayne McCoy
May 29, 2014 Wayne McCoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Futureland' by Walter Mosley is a collection of nine Science Fiction stories he wrote a number of years ago collected into an ebook format. There is a distinct cyberpunk feel to the stories, and they intertwine some of the characters.

We are introduced to a young boy named Ptolemy Bent whose father will go to great lengths to make sure his son gets the right education. We meet Fera Jones, a heavyweight fighter and her designer drug addicted father. Folio Jones is the "last private detective in N
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Zahreen
Jun 12, 2010 Zahreen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: personal, favorites
Science fiction at its best - thanks Sunny for recommending it!
Alberto
Oct 01, 2014 Alberto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I took a look at the first story from this 'Futureland' and thought "it's Ok but I'm not satisfied with its ending". Then I started reading the second one and I really liked it, so I went on with the third... and in few days I had read them all even though it is not such a thin book. I am far less proficient in English than in Spanish, but I was able to feel the colourful and suffocating atmosphere that Mosley chose for his near future world.
In short: I think this is quite a remarkable book, may
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Cherylin
Sep 27, 2015 Cherylin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extremely pleased with how much I ended up enjoying this fascinating set of stories. I don't recall how I heard about this one but I was thoroughly engrossed. I typically like the style of this type of collection, where stories build on one another, and this was done with more success and style than I remember encountering in a long time. The stories themselves are eerie, smart, scary, and deep. I will be seeking out more by Mosley.
Victoria Law
I don't usually enjoy short stories, but Mosley deftly weaves a frightening future where corporations have gigantic powers and people have next to none. It reminds me of Daniel José Older's Salsa Nocturna in that we follow several different and unconnected characters as they make their way through this horrifying dystopic future. There's a young genius (my favorite detail about him is that, at the age of four, he was trying to grow his hair to be like Albert Einstein's), a female boxer, a privat ...more
James
Some fascinating stories here. I'd read some of Mosley's Easy Rawlins stories long ago, but I'd never come across his science fiction work - here as there, his characters are well developed, his plotting is great, his dialogue flows well, and his descriptions are vivid. Highly recommended.
Tatiana Richards Hanebutte
Not only is the writing superb, but the dystopia he describes seems scarily plausible.
Otis Campbell
May 25, 2015 Otis Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

1 • Whispers in the Dark • (2001) • novelette by Walter Mosley
27 • The Greatest • (2001) • novelette by Walter Mosley
60 • Doctor Kismet • (2001) • novelette by Walter Mosley
88 • Angel's Island • (2001) • novelette by Walter Mosley
134 • The Electric Eye • (2001) • novelette by Walter Mosley
179 • Voices • (2001) • novelette by Walter Mosley
218 • Little Brother • (2001) • shortstory by Walter Mosley
244 • En Masse • (2001) • novella by Walter Mosley
344 • The Nig in Me • (2001) • novelette b
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Paul
Jul 27, 2015 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some incisive commentary on corporatism and institutional racism. Mosley is also an excellent writer.

Two thoughts- the book creates the impression that this is one long revenge fantasy, which strikes me as juvenile.

Second, and perhaps I'm expecting sci-fi to do too much, but Mosely implies that if we can just get the *system* right, then man will finally be raised to the level he was created for. Unfortunately, this just isn't the case. Systems contribute to and exacerbate sin, but they dont c
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Enoch Root
Apr 16, 2015 Enoch Root rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A magnificent collage of a world that hopefully never comes. Mosley manages to interweave the destinies of numerous interesting protagonists living in a future society filled with ubiquitous surveillance and new social norms. The result is very thought-provoking and can in many ways be compared to Neal Stephenson's "Snow Crash". Although Futureland has no overall story arc, its themes are central to the human condition: Work, love, personal freedom, fulfilment in spirit and body. Very recommenda ...more
Suzy Wilson
Oh, I love me an anthology, particularly where you have a common basis for the tales. Walter Mosley's FUTURELAND is a collection of interrelated stories that take place in the same dystopic universe. In this world of capital consumerism gone wild, gargantuan corporations society. The elites live high in the sky, literally above everyone else. The unemployed love underground, condemned to live in purgatory, never starving, but never escaping the singularity of their existence. In between live eve ...more
Bernie Gourley
Mar 17, 2014 Bernie Gourley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As suggested by the subtitle, this is a collection of nine short stories about a dystopian world. What makes it a particularly intriguing read is that the stories take place in one world, and the events all exist within a greater context that could qualify the book as a loosely-plotted novel had the writer not defined it as a story collection.

Some characters recur in different stories. For the most part the recurring characters are cameo appearances (e.g. Folio Johnson, a detective and the lead
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Kelly
Oct 24, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of science fiction, much of it possibly by black writers. I don't know; I don't usually pay attention to the skin color of the author. Anyway, this is really the first concentrated dose of Black Science Fiction I've ever read. I feel as though I'm missing a significant part of the reading experience by being white, which is the main reason I didn't give this five stars. This is neither my fault nor Mosley's. No matter how much I empathize with a minority (in America) race, I cann ...more
Wayne
Nov 15, 2010 Wayne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was at times gripping, often thought provoking, and frequently fascinating in its stark portrayal of the future that was both alluring and frightening. The way it was structured was interesting in that it was divided into stories, but each story illuminated different parts of a larger picture, and had characters which overlapped from time to time, influencing the outcome and adding a nice texture to the novel. Unfortunately, some of the stories were less than thrilling, let alone fast ...more
Chris
Jan 31, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
I usually shy away from collections of short stories but Futureland may force me to reevaluate my stance. One of the things I liked most about this novel is the way Mosley weaved the different stories together, often with varying central themes, through the use of recurring characters and ideas. The world he paints can be seen as an extension of our present situation if our most pressing issues are left to fester and boil. Mosley wraps race, class, gender, ethics, science, and technology into so ...more
MartyAnne
Jun 20, 2013 MartyAnne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TITLE: FUTURELAND
AUTHOR: WALTER MOSLEY
AUDIENCE: GENERAL ADULT NONFICTION, DYSTOPIAN
REVIEW:
Step inside NYC of 2055, the later half of the twenty-first century, but be careful!
In this book,. you see how the trends of today -- corporate greed, government lack of oversight, extreme technological advances, and the management of the unemployed, the racial tension, the prison system filled with black men... take all of what is already wrong, and now, turn up the volume to rabid extremes and make it all
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Kelly
Jul 24, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original review posted here.

This is the perfect book for people who are either scared of, or say they “don’t like” sci-fi. Futureland is an excellent example of how sci-fi can be used to highlight our current world culture, and then cast doubt on the direction we may all be taking. It’s a little bit dystopian, without being fatalist and negative. It’s a little bit cyberpunk, and moments make me think of burning questions that might be brought up by the likes of William Gibson.

Heavily philosophic
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Angela
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 ge
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Hank
Mar 10, 2009 Hank rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
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elizabeth tobey
Jun 02, 2015 elizabeth tobey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Yep. Big fan of this book. I spent a long time thinking whether it deserved a 4 or 5 star rating since I'm quite stingy with 5 stars but I really, really, really enjoyed the plot, world, and message behind this book. I also liked that it felt like a bunch of short stories until rather close to the end when you realized it was a cohesive narrative rather than disparate tales to show a reality. One of the better apocalypse books I've read and definitely one of the least obvious.
Monique
The blurb that I read promised nine connected stories and I was expecting at some point that all the stories would somehow make the ending make sense. And it didn't. While the nine stories may have been "okay" by themselves, together in one collection they felt really disjointed. Especially since the promise is that at the end the world with end (which it kind of sort of does) but none of the stories separately or together explain what really happens to get the reader to the collapse of society. ...more
Frances
(Think I might have picked this up with a post-apocalyptic ebook bundle, which confuses me as it doesn't yet seem to be post-apocalyptic. Nifty SF, though. Continuing to read.)

Collection of intertwined short stories (which suffers slightly because each story establishes the background, which means stories tend to repeat each other a fair bit). Near future corporate dystopia, veering towards the cyberpunk.
Nancy
Oct 01, 2015 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started this book thinking "9 Stories of an Imminent World" meant it was a collection of self-contained short stories. It's true, but not the full picture. They all take place in the *same* world, and the stories cross paths, overlap and influence each other. I wish I'd known this at the beginning, because now I'm going to have to re-read it.

If you enjoy dystopian sci-fi set in the not too distant future, give it a read. It's la better-written, grown up version of the Hunger Games/Divergent/e
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Deb Oestreicher
Sep 27, 2013 Deb Oestreicher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of stories that take place in the same dystopic universe. In this world, massive corporations control most aspects of society, elites live literally above everyone else, and the underclass lives literally underground, with little or no opportunity to even see the sky and stars.

Some of the stories feel less independent than others; they introduce compelling characters, but end without much resonance--they feel like they might be fragments of a novel. However, when read in se
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Walter Mosley (b. 1952) is the author of the bestselling mystery series featuring Easy Rawlins, as well as numerous other works, from literary fiction and science fiction to a young adult novel and political monographs. His short fiction has been widely published, and his nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times Magazine and the Nation, among other publications. Mosley is the winner of numero ...more
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