Unsung Stories is publishing a new anthology of science fiction, called 2084 with new stories from Priest, Hutchinson, Tidhar, Noon, Smythe, & Charnock
Unsung Stories have gathered eleven leading science fiction writers who have looked ahead to 2084, as Orwell did in 1948, for a new anthology – writers such as David Hutchinson, Christopher Priest, Lavie Tidhar, James Smythe, Jeff Noon and Anne Charnock, who are already famous for their visions of the near future.
As the events of 2017 reveal an ever more complex relationship between people and their governments, classic dystopian literature is proving its relevance once again. But as readers turn to classics, like Nineteen Eighty-Four, writers are also looking to our future, and what may lie there.
Speaking about the anthology, George Sandison, Managing Editor at Unsung Stories, said, “We knew when we first started work on the anthology that the idea was timely, but the start of 2017 has really hammered home how important writing like this is.
“Dystopian fiction gives us a space in which to explore today’s fears, and the nightmares of society. For many people the events of the last eighteen months have brought those dark futures much closer, so it’s inevitable that we turn to literature to help us understand why.
“The ideas at work in 2084 range from the familiar to the fantastic, but all are bound by a current and relevant sense of what we could lose, what’s at stake. As with Orwell’s work, decades from now, we will be looking back to our stories, to better understand today.” 2084 will be published by Unsung Stories in July 2017.
In 1948 Orwell saw a world in flux, at risk of losing liberty so recently won. In response he wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four, a prophetic book. Now, in 2017, the themes are still with us. This anthology of new short stories draws together leading science fiction writers – famous for their visions of our near future – and asks them to look
into our future, to the year 2084. Put humanity on trial as the oceans rise. Slip over borders in a Balkanised
Europe. Tread the bizarre streets of cities ruled by memes. See the world through the eyes of drones. Say goodbye to your body as humanity merges with technology.
Warnings or prophesies? The path to Paradise or destruction? Will we be proud of what we have achieved, in 2084?
Our future unfolds before us. The Kickstarter will be live at www.unsungstories.co.uk/2084 from March 29th.
2084 features original fiction from:
Christopher Priest (author of The Prestige, The Gradual and many more)
Lavie Tidhar (author of A Man Lies Dreaming, Osama and Central Station)
Dave Hutchinson (author of The Fractured Europe Sequence)
James Smythe (author of The Australia Trilogy and The Anomaly Quartet)
Anne Charnock (author of Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind and A Calculated Life)
Jeff Noon (author of Vurt, Automated Alice, Pollen and many more)
Aliya Whiteley (author of The Beauty and The Arrival of Missives)
Oliver Langmead (author of Metronome and Dark Star)
Cassandra Khaw (author of Hammers on Bone)
Ian Hocking (author of Deja Vu)