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Darwin's Bastards by Zsuzsi Gartner
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Oct 23, 10

Read in October, 2010

There's no shortage of wit, Big Ideas and speculative, dystopic landscapes in the 23 stories compiled in Darwin's Bastards.

Each of the is stories a potential future; a road not taken, with each author spinning their own wild vision of the future, spawned from our muddled present.

It's a very hit-then-miss collection, but there's enough in here to make it worth your time.

Top 5:

-This Is Not The End My Friend by Adam Lewis Schroeder. Canada outlaws celebrity and hides our most valuable imports undercover in remote parts of the country, much to the chagrin of the States. A family takes a road-trip - in a flooded North America, where the Lower Mainland starts at Hope -- to find Feist in a trailer in Summerland(!).

-Dougal Discarnate by William Gibson; sort of a psychogeographic ghost story. A disembodied soul is trapped in Kits, unaging, after a bad LSD trip, while his body is an accountant in Burnaby.

-Sunshine City; a detective story that takes place in the protected utopia of a Country Club City where social order revolves around your golf game. An expert in risk-management is brought in from the outside world -- The Rough -- to solve a murder.

-Large Garbage; A suburban neighborhood is invaded by a filthy horde of liberal arts-educated homeless that invade neighborhoods around North America.

-There Is Not Time In Waterloo; where Blackberries have evolved into all-seeing oracles. if yours breaks, you're a social pariah, excommunicated.

Also; Survivor by Douglas Coupland (follows a crew member on the reality game show Survivor amidst global nuclear annhilation), 1999 by Pasha Malla (four women find themselves alone in the world with The Artist Formerly Known As Prince is the last man on Earth), The Dreamlife Of Toasters by Heather O'Neill (a sweet, sad tale of robot love and birth).
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