After Dinner Conversation - Season Four is a collection of the best short stories published in the After Dinner Conversation series to date. Short stories span all genres; science-fiction, near-future, dystopia, spiritual, fantasy, urban fantasy, AI, historical fiction, contemporary women, political, horror, thriller, and children's stories. The important thing is that the story is compelling, and that it asks a specific ethical or moral question. Imagine the "trolley problem" in short story form.
✓ "The stories in this anthology speak to the collective and individual man alike, delicately balancing outcomes, possibilities, while celebrating and demonizing advances of the human mind and those extraordinary feats of technology by pointing out what humanity gains and what it constantly loses." Raluca Comanelea ✓ "Thought-provoking stories that bring ethical questions to life." Tina Forsee ✓ "Captivating and enthralling glimpse at the thought process...Futuristic, but also relevant." Jane Hill
Short stories by (in alphabetical order) A. Katherine Black, Ana Carolina Pereira, Andre Lopes, Christine Seifert, David Shultz, Dean Gessie, Jann Everard, Jenean McBrearty, Joanna Michal Hoyt, John Sheirer, Margaret Karmazin, Michael Rook, Shikhandin, Tom Teti, Tyler W. Kurt, Vera Burris, Veronica Leigh, and Viggy Parr Hampton.
A collection of Wonderful ethical and philosophical shorts. Hand picked by a dedicated team and overseen by the truly fantastic Kolby Granville. I'm now on A D C season four ( latest in the series - pub mid 2021 )
This Fourth Anthology of After Dinner Conversation brings to the table a compilation of stories whose moral grounds shake humanity and its decision-making processes to the core. All grounds of understanding spring from stories that speak about human values: cashing out past mistakes, weighing complete loss of emotion against a world reigned over by pure reason, fighting for wolves to rightfully earn their place on the bus alongside humans, choosing between going to jail, to war, or to Canada, wondering how to die for the benefit of humanity when one is tired of living anyway, standing trial after having killed the devil, learning how to love all the endangered people; from stories that carefully balance the needs and advents of AI: scrolling up and down a screen to assess one’s own trial steps—freedom or life in jail, replacing humans with android units, freedom machines taking decisions for people based on media algorithms, weighing costs and benefits of human life from AI governing; and stories that examine genetic manipulation: playing God to build the perfect child at the expense of unresolved emotion and financial debt burial before birth, offering unlimited lifespan in a bottle, abandoning internal pregnancies for womb farms and genetic construction, being in an eternal state of suspension over a tank filled with water, living one’s own wildest dreams. The stories in this anthology speak to the collective and individual man alike, delicately balancing outcomes, possibilities, while celebrating and demonizing advances of the human mind and those extraordinary feats of technology by pointing out what humanity gains and what it constantly loses.
As a huge fan of the After Dinner Conversation magazine, I so look forward to the season compilations, with the best of the best and more of the stories I love and look forward to each month. Along with being thought-provoking and philosophical, these stories are, above all, pure entertainment.
Each entry in this fabulous compilation is different from the others, yet they form a cohesive whole that is deeply immersive and at times, equal parts sad, happy, bittersweet and memorable. Because one thing you can count on for sure, each story will pack a punch and run the gamut of emotions. Try the magazine or try this season's compilation. Either way you're a winner, as this series has so much to offer.
**I received an ARC of this book from the publisher. My review is strictly voluntary.**