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Tuned To A Dead Channel: A Collection of Dystopian Short Fiction

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Tuned to a Dead Channel: A Collection of Dystopian Short Fiction  includes 14 original works by various writers. If you enjoy science fiction with a dystopian twist, you should check out this collection. Although I enjoyed all of the stories, a few of them stood out.

For example, Atlas Falls by Oliver Langmead is beautifully written. “We trembled in the golden sky between rich and glorious unending horizons…” (p.1). This story tells the tale of Arthur, a man searching for his lost love in a post-apocalyptic world. When a crew member asks Arthur if he thinks that she’s still alive, Arthur replies, “Were she to, God forbid, perish, then I would surely know it, would I not? I would know it as well as I know that the sky we are watching is golden and beautiful.” (p.7-8)

The Explosive Class Struggle of Terra Vista by Jamie Burnette – Imagine a world where immigrants are essentially controlled by a green explosive device wired to the back of their skull. This story makes you wonder- is life worth living without freedom? “We are property with no value, we are tools that have to maintain ourselves, and must be kept away by our owners because we disgust them.” (p.51)

20 Gestures by Stephen McQuiggan – It’s April 23rd, Gesture Day, the one day of the year that smokers are actually allowed to smoke and the main character is stuck at his late friend’s funeral. “Death to me was just another form of boredom, indistinguishable from life, but now I wanted to live, even if it was behind the wheel of this corrupted body. I needed to live.” (p. 98)

The Price of My Services by Dylan Otto Krider- A greedy PR professional joins forces with a Petrochemical Company who’s fuel additives created zombies that could be used as an alternative energy source. “Tell me any three things about you, and I can convince you of anything, absolutely anything- even if it’s that the zombie apocalypse will save the planet.” (107)

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5 Comments

  1. This is a fabulous line! “Death to me was just another form of boredom, indistinguishable from life, but now I wanted to live, even if it was behind the wheel of this corrupted body.” (p. 98)
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  2. I love dystopian. I’ll have to look into this.
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