The Dark SF Bundle - curated by Lavie Tidhar:
Science fiction has dabbled in utopia before, but never as often as people might think. The early writers' visions of the future were often dire. There was Asimov's crumbling galactic empire in Foundation, or his murder-driven The Caves of Steel with its claustrophobically enclosed city. Philip K. Dick's nightmares took form in print, paranoid horror-like tales of a shifting reality in classics like Ubik or The Man in the High Castle. Richard Matheson's I Am Legend imagined the last man on Earth haunted by vampires.
There is a certain darkness to much good SF, an underlying sense that, beneath the glimmering golden surface of spaceships and robots and towers reaching up to the skies there is a shadow, and it will always be there, and might engulf us all. Once it might have been fear of the Bomb, now perhaps of cataclysmic climate collapse. War was then, and is now. Not much has changed. But dark SF has within it, too, a dark seduction. There is a place, it seems to whisper, for the cozy, the cheerful and optimistic in your heart. But deep down you know the truth. Things don't end well. Sit down. Relax. Read a book and wait for your inevitable extinction. What else is there to do?
You can read more about them here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book!
The Freeze-Frame Revolution by Peter Watts
"This—THIS—is the cutting edge of science fiction."– Richard K. Morgan, author of Altered Carbon
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall by Nancy Kress
"Nebula- and Hugo-winner Kress mixes time travel, global catastrophe, and mysterious aliens in this strong post-apocalyptic tale…. Kress handles the crisscrossing timelines with cool elegance."– Publishers Weekly
The Second Shooter by Nick Mamatas
"A smart, scary, mind-boggling ride."– Publishers Weekly
Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley
"When it comes to misdirection, Aliya Whiteley is the very devil."– The Times
One Day All This Will Be Yours by Adrian Tchaikovsky
"This time-looped dramedy is as funny as it is thought-provoking."– Publishers Weekly, starred review
Infinity Wars by Jonathan Strahan
"Just go read the story. Then go read the anthology."– Nerds of a Feather
Martian Sands by Lavie Tidhar
"Feels more like early Kurt Vonnegut… both writers seem to channel the same prankster glee that covers deep despair. Martian Sands crackles with energy and life while poking at some big questions about the nature of reality."– Locus
The Fate of Mice by Susan Palwick
"Spanning the past 20 years of Palwick's career, the eight previously published and three new stories in this outstanding collection (after her 2005 novel The Necessary Beggar) display the author's versatility. . . . Palwick's genre-bending short fiction defies categorization and blends humor with pathos."– Publishers Weekly, starred review
Genocidal Organ by Project Itoh
"...a powerful and compelling read. Hell of a ride, so to speak."– The Entropy Pump
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