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Futureland

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,208 ratings  ·  148 reviews
Projecting a near-future United States in which justice is blind in at least one eye and the ranks of the disenchanted have swollen to dangerous levels, Mosely offers nine interconnected stories whose characters appear and reappear in each others' lives. For all its denizens, from technocrats to terrorists, celebs to crooks, "Futureland" is an all-American nightmare just w ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 1st 2002 by Grand Central Publishing (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.
Nikki
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
I don’t really know what to make of this. I thought that Mosley’s writing was strong and engaging, but somehow the stories — all set in the same world, with stronger or weaker links between them depending on the story — didn’t quite work for me. There are so many fantastic ideas explored, but I found some of the endings of the stories a bit too predictable, and one or two of the stories left little impression on me because of that. Some of the stories worked beautifully, but others felt like the ...more
Ka’leneReads
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
GoodRead! Nine short stories.....Some better than others nevertheless All Good.
Wendi Lee
*4.5 stars*

An article comparing books to the TV series Black Mirror brought this short story collection to my attention, and the similarities are definitely there! Mosley's deft writing connects these stories to showcase a future world that has taken technology and used it to make the poor even poorer, the prison systems even more unfair, and to tempt fringe groups to use it for their racist agendas. It is immersive and heart-breaking, and definitely worth the read.
Eli
This anthology has created a future that is both advanced and backward –– a world where technology plays 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… literally.

The
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Wizzard
Jan 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
Kathy Davie
Jul 02, 2015 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 rated it really liked it
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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Ramzzi Fariñas
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Of all the books I read (and collected to read yet) under the science fiction/speculative or dystopian literature—or any label which complicates our intellectual borders; Futureland by Walter Mosley is perhaps the least I expected to bloom—to be erudite or radical, or at least worth it for the price I paid and for the space it would consume in my troves of readings. But I was wrong, and completely ashamed of all the doubts I had after reading futile works of revered western fictionists backed by ...more
Tatiana Richards Hanebutte
Jan 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Not only is the writing superb, but the dystopia he describes seems scarily plausible.
Asun
A brilliant collection of dystopian short stories focused on black people -especially African-Americans- experiences and how oppressive governments and society always affects them the worst. Some of the stories are quite disturbing but brilliant and the critique is incredible. Only thing I missed was more female characters and stories with female protagonists (there was only one) but it is still an amazing book I definitely recommend everyone to read.
Flying_Monkey
Dec 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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Zahreen
Apr 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: personal, favorites
Science fiction at its best - thanks Sunny for recommending it!
Robert
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Futureland is a thought provoking page-turner. It fits in with other depictions of a hypercapitalist future such as Oryx and Crake and Snowcrash. It is a book of short stories, but they all take place in the same world and milieu, so in a way it is like reading a novel. I felt like I could have known many of the characters, or seen myself in their shoes.
Mary
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
The short stories in this book were each so poignant in their own way. I connected with the characters very quickly through the excellent writing and though I didn't want their stories to end they each wrapped up perfectly. I loved the way the plot developed through different perspectives and connected in surprising ways. An visionary warning of how our world could end up.
Alecia
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-faves
I read this shortly after it came out. I remember grabbing it off the library's paperback shelf with excitement. I was in 7th grade and just discovering there was a world of sci-fi outside of Star Trek, which didn't particularly grab me. I've read this collection a couple of times and it remains one of my favorites. It has stuck with me because Mosley, who is better known for exploring societal ills through the lens of his noir detective hero Easy Rawlins, is equally talented at applying a criti ...more
Wayne McCoy
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
'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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Nancy
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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Enoch Root
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Cherylin
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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.
Sarah Rigg
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poc-authors
Mosley is best known for his detective/mystery/thriller novels, and here, he's writing science fiction (cyberpunkish) short stories. They're all set in the same universe and characters reoccur, but each story definitely stands alone. I had an issue, early on, with his story endings. He'd sell me on the characters and setting and I'd be sucked in, but then I'd feel really jolted out of the flow at the end. I'm not sure if it is a problem on his end or if it was me. After a few stories, though, an ...more
Arielle
Jan 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
2018 Reading Challenge - A cyberpunk book

I hate to say it, but Walter Mosley should stick to mysteries. I found this book absolutely awful. It was a total dystopian view of the possible future (present? since some of the dates were earlier than this year). But it wasn't just that it was dystopian, it was how this dystopia was imagined. It was a dystopia that didn't seem to be able to get through one story without a woman walking around in public "naked and completely hairless from head to toe".
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David Woodall
Jun 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written story. Let's hope for a future which is better for all life, including Mankind.

Man. Mankind. Hey M, how ya' doin? NYC, kinda' how I see it now. At least, from the Texas countryside. Not 'xactly, Been to nyc , early 60,s. Shipped me 2 Germany, came back tho'. Anyhow, not black, but long hair in ,70's texas. "U a fag or r U inna' band?" Yeh, I play geetar. "Watch u'self in the can.". .
Pretty well sums up a small percentage of it. Excellent writing. Definitely will read more as I
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Betty
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
AND?????

I had to give it 2 stars b/c as much as I enjoyed the stories none had any closure. It was like Mr. Mosley just lost interest and stopped writing. This was all the pieces of stories that he started over the years and then tossed aside without finishing. I know writers must keep their name out there but this just made me want to throw my tablet. I didn't finish the book bc of the foolish non ending. I would have sent it back if I could. I understand it was free however it was a huge disa
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Amber Marshall
Very disturbingly plausible "if this continues" speculative future where corporations own everything and everyone, the unemployed are banished to ratlike warrens underground, the justice system employs near instant AI judgement and execution, jails shackle inmates with drug delivery packs to chemically control and punish (with plans to expand to ordinary citizens), a technocrat with godlike delusions pulls strings behind the scenes, and the race war starts using biological weapons. Chilling stuf ...more
Ebony Cosby
Dec 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
This book is a huge disappointment coming from Walter Mosley. This is the 5th book of his that I have read. I get the feeling that he needed to fulfill his publishing contract and they decided to string to together some random ideas he had come up with. If life hasn't let you down already read this book. I want a refund and I didn't even buy it. I borrowed it from the library.
Mira
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I loved it. I loved the surprise of the stories existing within the same dystopian universe and I was excited to learn more about the world itself. The book was unbelievably creative and is my favorite book I’ve read this year. I had to take a star off because the ending had some deux ex machinas that didn’t jive with an otherwise thoughtful book.
Britny Brooks
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sit down, Black Mirror. A gritty, sexy, challenging look at a possible future. Mosley not only looks at how future technology changes our lives, but also the social and economical changes that come with it. A great read and one that should be given the same renewed interest as the works of Philip K. Dick and Margaret Atwood.
Russell Tidemann
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reading dystopian novels in this day and age has an unnerving sense of reality. The idea of corporate control and rule isn't too far from the current truth. But the revolution does come and this is one tale of how that could come about. I think it's worth your time.
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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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