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Children of the New World introduces listeners to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and alarmingly intuitive robots. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification that belies an unbridgeable human distance while others inhabit a postcollapse landscape made primitive by disaster, which they must work to rebuild, as we once did millennia ago.
In "The Cartographers", the main character works for a company that creates and sells virtual memories while struggling to maintain a real-world relationship sabotaged by an addiction to his own creations. In "Saying Goodbye to Yang", the robotic brother of an adopted Chinese child malfunctions, and only in his absence does the family realize how real a son he has become.
Children of the New World grapples with our unease in this modern world and how our ever-growing dependence on new technologies has changed the shape of our society. Alexander Weinstein is a visionary new voice in speculative fiction for all of us who are fascinated by and terrified of what we might find on the horizon.
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By Quinn E Breece on 07-17-18
Entertaining & Great Reflection Of Modern Society
I loved Black Mirror, and yes, these short stories are a lot like that. I was entertained by the stories, and some were better than others (all were good, some were great). You have to realize that short stories are not like novels and cannot be judged the same. They are intended to be short and to provoke thought, which these successfully did. The author clearly understands human nature and did a good job using an understanding of our nature and behavior to imagine how we will act in various potential future scenarios. I enjoyed being surprised at how awful some of our modern behaviors are when viewed through a slightly different lens. For example, our society is clearly obsessed with rear ends, and one story shows how ridiculous the obsession is in a clever way. Also, we think we know people by just looking at limited social media profiles, and that modern trend is explored in another story. I usually listen to thrillers and true crime, and I thoroughly enjoyed this change of pace.
By Anonymous User on 04-22-18
Great set of Short Sci Fi Stories!
Out of all of the stories available, there was only one I didn't like very much. All the others were fantastic. This book was recommended as I searched for books "like Black Mirror" from Netflix. I have to say that this recommendation was perfect!
The male voice gave me a very visual representation of what he looked like, though I'm certain I'm wrong, but I couldn't help but think of every character looking the same, even with him changing his voice for different characters. That's my only real complaint.
if you're a fan of Black Mirror, or Electric Dreams from Amazon Prime, I highly suggest this book. The science fiction is just far enough away that it doesn't seem too impossible, and familiar enough to realize it might happen.