Tomorrow's Parties: Life in the Anthropocene

Tomorrow's Parties: Life in the Anthropocene

by Jonathan Strahan (Editor)
Tomorrow's Parties: Life in the Anthropocene

Tomorrow's Parties: Life in the Anthropocene

by Jonathan Strahan (Editor)


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Twelve visions of living in a climate-changed world.

We are living in the Anthropocene—an era of dramatic and violent climate change featuring warming oceans, melting icecaps, extreme weather events, habitat loss, species extinction, and more. What will life be like in a climate-changed world? In Tomorrow’s Parties, science fiction authors speculate how we might be able to live and even thrive through the advancing Anthropocene. In ten original stories by writers from around the world, an interview with celebrated writer Kim Stanley Robinson, and a series of intricate and elegant artworks by Sean Bodley, Tomorrow’s Parties takes rational optimism as a moral imperative, or at least a pragmatic alternative to despair.

In these stories—by writers from the United Kingdom, the United States, Nigeria, China, Bangladesh, and Australia—a young man steals from delivery drones; a political community lives on an island made of ocean-borne plastic waste; and a climate change denier tries to unmask “crisis actors.” Climate-changed life also has its pleasures and epiphanies, as when a father in Africa works to make his son’s dreams of “Viking adventure” a reality, and an IT professional dispatched to a distant village encounters a marvelous predigital fungal network. Contributors include Pascall Prize for Criticism winner James Bradley, Hugo Award winners Greg Egan and Sarah Gailey, Philip K Dick Award winner Meg Elison, and New York Times bestselling author Daryl Gregory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262544436
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/23/2022
Series: Twelve Tomorrows
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 883,398
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Strahan is a World Fantasy Award–winning editor, anthologist, and podcaster. Reviews editor for Locus magazine and consulting editor for, he cohosts and produces the Hugo-nominated Coode Street Podcast.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Science Fiction in the Anthropocene vii
Jonathan Strahan
1 It's Science Over Capitalism: Kim Stanley Robinson and the Imperative of Hope 1
James Bradley
2 Drone Pirates of Silicon Valley 11
Meg Elison
3 Down and Out in Exile Park 27
Tade Thompson
4 Once Upon a Future in the West 47
Daryl Gregory
5 Crisis Actors 75
Greg Egan
6 When the Tide Rises 95
Sarah Gailey
7 I Give You the Moon 115
Justina Robson
8 Do You Hear the Fungi Sing? 135
Chen Qiufan, translated by Emily Jin
9 Legion 157
Malka Older 
10 The Ferryman 173
Saad Z. Hossain
11 After the Storm 189
James Bradley
Artwork: Sean Bodley 213
Acknowledgments 217
Contributors 219
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