Futureland: Nine Stories of an Imminent World
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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
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 the 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… lite...more
Wayne
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
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
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...more
Zahreen
Science fiction at its best - thanks Sunny for recommending it!
Bernie Gourley
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...more
Kelly
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
Chris
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
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...more
Kelly
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...more
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...more
Hank
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Deb Oestreicher
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...more
Becky
Diverting and provocative vision of a dystopian future which focuses on race, unemployment, high tech revolution, and politics. I enjoyed how the stories wound up being linked, and some of the SF inventions and predictions were worth a second ponder. Altogether, though, it was a little slipshod: some exposition was painfully pedantic (especially in later stories where such things had already been established; perhaps they'd been published previously as stand-alones?) and the sex was distracting...more
Jessica
Futureland is a collection of nine short stories that are seemingly separate but together they paint the tapestry of a futuristic world that is technology-laden, politically charged, corrupt…and scary. I’m having difficulty coming up with the words to describe the experience of this book. With the turn of each page, you are pulled deeper into the rabbit hole, compelled more and more by the strange and yet familiar world. Powerful is the word that comes to mind most at the very end. Powerfully ph...more
Ardesia
Nove racconti; una serie di nutrite istantanee su un ipotetico futuro dalle tinte tetre e asfissianti. Suggestiva la particolareggiata invenzione di un’intera società, anzi, di un intero mondo e anche più, ma c’è così tanto da dire che la valanga di informazioni che ricopre ogni pagina mette in secondo piano le varie storie: ci si deve talmente concentrare per cogliere tutti i particolari che mano a mano vanno a formare il contesto in cui si muovono le vicende narrate, che non si riesce a seguir...more
Josie
Futureland, first published in 2001 (before 9/11), is now available in e-book format. Futureland consists of nine linked stories about a corporatist dystopian future, a world where the have-nots have lost the class struggle. In Futureland, the gap between rich and poor is means that the very rich live in a clean, bright, unpolluted world and the poorest people never see sunlight; prisoners are off-shore slave labor; and blacks are worst off. Like all great speculative fiction, Futureland asks th...more
Ronald Wise
A work of science fiction projecting the socio-economic trends at the turn of the century well into the 21st century, from an African American perspective. The characters and conflicts of what initially seem to be individual short stories, eventually resurface in an overall tale which ends at the brink of climax. Mosley's vision of the future caused me to think a lot about the current trends toward globalization, privatization, and the race to the bottom regarding employee rights and compensatio...more
Michael Burnam-fink
Blending the lyricism of Samuel Delany and the cynicism of the cyberpunks, Mosley takes us on a tour of an all too familiar world of the future, where the worst tendencies of the 20th century, in terms of labor, urban density, and racism have been doubled and redoubled. Unfortunately, the book is more style than substance, flashy ideas like an "infochurch" that double as an educational institution and intelligence network controlled by the richest man alive taken up and dropped without deep expl...more
Sy
Subtitled 9 stories of an imminent world, but all of the stories are connected to each other - different explanations for different aspects of the first story. A lot of the dialogue is great as well as the context and underlying messages about race relations. The only thing this book lacked was character description. I suppose there wasn't enough room given how much time was spent describing our future. LOL. A great read, though, if you're interested in futuristic perspectives on race relations...more
Brian
This is a collection of short stories that are interrelated because of location and the characters that inhabit this new verison of NYC. Walter Mosley is a writer I found throgh his Easy Rawlins series of myster novels. His writing is concise and vivid. I come away from reading this book feeling like I have been on the underground levels of NYC and lived with his characters. It is a world of the future and how humanity may adapt to its new technologies.
Honeycarmel
All the stories interconnected with the same time frame and vision of the future. It was an interesting and shocking perception of the future in my opinion. Some of the endings to the short stories didn't make much sense. But, others were great. The book kept me wanting to read more. Sci-fi isn't Mosley's greatest strength; I love his writing though. But, he did a better job of making the sci-fi into short stories than he does making his sci-fi into novels.
Michael Jay
(15 Jun 2011, 18:12 hrs local time) -- Using an e-reader makes me want to have MORE books, not less. I can't share a personal reader - but if I have a book that is really good, I want to give a copy to my many non-reader friends, and with students who are curious, recommending is one thing -- putting a copy of one in their hands is another. Mosley does a fine job of piquing my curiosity of what is to come in this book. I will keep you posted on my views.
Alex
While I really enjoyed what Mosley did with his future setting in this collection of stories, reading one of his straight mysteries right after this made me realize what I find 'wrong' about his writing, and why I didn't give the collection more stars here: Mosley tells the reader too much about his characters motivations and feelings. He underestimates the readers' ability to understand or imagine, and after a while that lack of trust becomes frustrating.
Jabberwock
***Advanced copy provided by NetGalley.com***

This was a great collection of short stories; I'm always glad to find sci-fi authors who embrace discussions of race and socioeconomic status, and Mosley does this well. The future isn't all full of white people, you know! He's also a great worldbuilder; the future he's created feels potentially real, and it's pretty bleak. Definitely recommend for anyone into dystopian literature, and for all scifi lovers.
Lushr
Really good, holy crap, I could read more of these stories forever, great writer, really pulls you in, great ideas, both sci if and political, just... Great!
J.
While I enjoyed the first story of this collection, the only thing that kept me going through the entirety of it was the intertwining of characters throughout the stories. Unfortunately, I found myself really turned off by the racist perspective. It kept forcing me out of my suspension of disbelief. I almost quit reading it several times. Even so, I gave it to my father to read anyway.
Rsleatherwood
From an author not known for writing futuristic, dystopian science fiction, Futurelabd is AB enthralling masterpiece. Walter Mosley, with his background in exceptional fiction that tears at the mind, heart and soul, brings the essential pieces of soul that are often missing from the genre. I read the book in one 5 hour seating, unable to detach myself from the pull of his words.
Yaniv Sherman
Overall good stories and book. It started getting to be more like a novel at the end which was a little disappointing. The addition of a "god" or being surrounding the earth was not necessary and added nothing to the story arc, in fact it took the story almost into the fantasy realm...it was mentioned then forgotten. The ending / last story was predictable and I thought unnecessary.
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