Tapping into themes of sustainability, morality, and cultural trends, this is an engrossing imagining of what society might become throughout the next 100 years, examined through ten incredibly disparate stories
Through careful research of societal and cultural trends as well as scientific developments, these ten stories are about two friends existing together in various potential versions of the future. Some are enjoyable, some are terrifying, but none are based on random speculation—instead, the author has closely examined new developments in the world today and asked "What if this continues?" In one scenario, Sam and Tara are best friends in a future when artificial intelligence organizes everyone's lives and micropets are the latest craze. In another, they must survive together when rationing means cold showers and no internet; and in a third, genetic matching makes asking a girl on a date a minefield of epic proportions. Can they still be best friends in a future when a terrible plague wipes out most of humanity? Or when the Inquisitor asks Sam to choose between one betrayal or another? Covering topics as expansive as the evolution of the English language, advancements in science, and sociological studies, each story explores relationships and personal or ethical dilemmas within a compelling, consistent future scenario.
Michael Pryor has published more than twenty-five fantasy books and over forty short stories, from literary fiction to science fiction to slapstick humour. Michael has been shortlisted six times for the Aurealis Awards, has been nominated for a Ditmar award, and six of his books have been CBCA Notable Books, including three books in the LAWS OF MAGIC series. His most recent series are THE CHRONICLES OF KRANGOR for younger readers and THE LAWS OF MAGIC for older readers. Michael is currently writing books in a new series, THE EXTRAORDINAIRES.