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A People's Future of the United States

Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers

by Victor LaValle Editor · John Joseph Adams Editor


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A glittering landscape of twenty-five speculative stories that challenge oppression and envision new futures for America—from N. K. Jemisin, Charles Yu, Jamie Ford, G. Willow Wilson, Charlie Jane Anders, Hugh Howey, and more.
In these tumultuous times, in our deeply divided country, many people are angry, frightened, and hurting. Knowing that imagining a brighter tomorrow has always been an act of resistance, editors Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams invited an extraordinarily talented group of writers to share stories that explore new forms of freedom, love, and justice. They asked for narratives that would challenge oppressive American myths, release us from the chokehold of our history, and give us new futures to believe in.
They also asked that the stories be badass.
The result is this spectacular collection of twenty-five tales that blend the dark and the light, the dystopian and the utopian. These tales are vivid with struggle and hardship—whether it's the othered and the terrorized, or dragonriders and covert commandos—but these characters don't flee, they fight.
Thrilling, inspiring, and a sheer joy to listen to, A People's Future of the United States is a gift for anyone who believes in our power to dream a just world.
Featuring stories by Violet Allen
  • Charlie Jane Anders
  • Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Ashok K. Banker
  • Tobias S. Buckell
  • Tananarive Due
  • Omar El Akkad
  • Jamie Ford
  • Maria Dahvana Headley
  • Hugh Howey
  • Lizz Huerta
  • Justina Ireland
  • N. K. Jemisin
  • Alice Sola Kim
  • Seanan McGuire
  • Sam J. Miller
  • Daniel José Older
  • Malka Older
  • Gabby Rivera
  • A. Merc Rustad
  • Kai Cheng Thom
  • Catherynne M. Valente
  • Daniel H. Wilson
  • G. Willow Wilson
  • Charles Yu

    Introduction by Victor LaValle, read by the author
    The Bookstore at the End of America, by Charlie Jane Anders, read by Kyla Garcia
    Our Aim Is Not to Die, by A. Merc Rustad, read by Dani Martineck
    The Wall, by Lizz Huerta, read by Roxana Ortega
    Read After Burning, by Maria Dahvana Headley, read by William Demerrit
    Chapter 5: Disruption and Continuity [excerpted], by Malka Older, read by Prentice Onayemi
    It Was Saturday Night, I Guess That Makes It All Right, by Sam J. Miller, read by Paul Boehmer
    Attachment Disorder, by Tananarive Due, read by Kyla Garcia
    By His Bootstraps, by Ashok K. Banker, read by William Demerrit
    Riverbed, by Omar El Akkad, read by Soneela Nankani
    What Maya Found There, by Daniel José Older, read by Roxana Ortega
    The Referendum, by Lesley Nneka Arimah, read by Adenrele Ojo
    Calendar Girls, by Justina Ireland, read by N'Jameh Camara
    The Synapse Will Free Us from Ourselves, by Violet Allen, read by Vikas Adam
    O.1, by Gabby Rivera, read by a full cast (Public Broadcast, Falak Alfayed: Vikas Adam; Mala: Soneela Nankani; Deviana Ortiz: Roxana Ortega; Key: William DeMerrit; Orion: Adenrele Ojo; Luz: Kyla Garcia)
    The Blindfold, by Tobias S. Buckell, read by Prentice Onayemi
    No Algorithms in the World, by Hugh Howey, read by Darrell Dennis
    Esperanto, by Jamie Ford, read by N'Jameh Camara
    ROME, by G. Willow Wilson, read by Soneela Nankani
    Give Me Cornbread or Give Me Death, by N. K. Jemisin, read by Adenrele Ojo
    Good News Bad News, by Charles Yu, read by a full cast (Narrators: Prentice Onayemi &...

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    Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
    Random House Audio
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    Victor LaValle (Editor)

    Victor LaValle is the author of seven works of fiction: four novels, two novellas, and a collection of short stories. His novels have been included in best-of-the-year lists by The New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post...

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    Editor :
    John Joseph Adams
    Narrator :
    Nancy Wu
    Narrator :
    Vikas Adam
    Narrator :
    Paul Boehmer
    Narrator :
    Soneela Nankani
    Narrator :
    Roxana Ortega
    Editor :
    Victor LaValle
    Narrator :
    Darrell Dennis
    Narrator :
    Prentice Onayemi
    Narrator :
    Adenrele Ojo
    Narrator :
    Narrator :
    Kyla Garcia
    Narrator :
    William DeMeritt
    Narrator :
    N'Jameh Camara
    Narrator :
    Dani Martineck
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