Futureland

  • by Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by Richard Allen
  • 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Life in America a generation from now isn't much different from today: The drugs are better, the daily grind is worse. The gap between the rich and the poor has widened to a chasm. You can store the world's legal knowledge on a chip in your little finger, while the Supreme Court has decreed that constitutional rights don't apply to any individual who challenges the system. Justice is swiftly delivered by automated courts, so the prison industry is booming. And while the media declare racism is dead, word on the street is that even in a colorless society, it's a crime to be black.But the world still turns, and folks still have to get by with the hands they're dealt, folks such as:Ptolemy "Popo" Bent: This gentle backwoods child has a genius I.Q.- and a soul so pure that officials want him locked up forever.Folio Johnson: A hardboiled, cyber-augmented private eye who can see beneath the dark poetry of the metropolis, he will need an even greater edge than that to find out who's systematically murdering rich, young Nazis.Fera Jones: She's the boxing Queen of the Ring who must still fight all comers to save her dad, preserve her identity, and protect the fans who believe in her.Dr. Ivan Kismet: The world's richest man, Macrocode's CEO is a tycoon, tyrant, and messiah who is evidently more powerful than God. So it's too bad for everyone that Dr. Kismet is utterly insane.Walter Mosley brings to life the celebs, working stiffs, leaders, victims, technocrats, crooks, oppressors, and revolutionaries who inhabit a glorious all-American nightmare that's just around the corner. Welcome to Futureland.

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What the Critics Say

"Ably slinging the technobabble to explain the odd wonder-gadgets in his tales, and greasing them with plenty of 'oh-baby' sex, Mosley creates sf in which Shaft and Superfly would feel at home. Can ya dig it?" (Booklist)
"Nine science-fiction short stories of a high order....Richard Allen does an excellent job replicating various African American dialects and manages to inject a sense of excitement and anticipation." (Library Journal)

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Masterful SciFi from a master of mystery

I've been out of Science Fiction for many years, but an Easy Rawlins fan for many years since then. Thought I'd give this a try. After the first few stories, I was tempted to abandon the book: too dark and dystopian. But I stuck with it, and so should you. Mosley, like all good SciFi authors, creates a unique and real world. In this case, a rather frightening one, but intriguing. His mind/machine/spirit concept is uplifting, for lack of a better word. His characters are real and compelling, as you would expect from the man who created Easy and his corner of the world. Readers who stay to the end will be rewarded by the return of earlier characters, an increasingly fuller explanation of the world, and the possibility of redemption. This book is well worth your time. I hope Mosley brings back some of the people that he created here.
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- Stephen

Solid sci-fi with a Black theme

Mosley does for dystopic Sci-Fi what he did for period mystery novels: give it the Black American perspective lacking in most of the genre. The nine stories interweave into an entertaining, patchwork novel of sorts. I liked the more or less happy endings in many of the stories.

The reader does a fine job, too.
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- Peregrine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-01-2008
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio