Futureland

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For the Japanese record label, see Futureland (record label).
Futureland 2001, Warner Books

Futureland is a series of nine loosely connected short pieces of science fiction by writer Walter Mosley. The novel is set in a postcyberpunk dystopian universe populated by humans living in a shellshocked, unfairly stratified society overseen by super-rich technocrats.

A generation from now, things aren't much different from today: The drugs are better, the daily grind is worse. The world's knowledge fits on a chip in your little finger, the Constitution doesn't apply to individuals, and it's a crime to be poor.

—Walter Mosley, Warner Books 2001

Stories[edit]

Whispers in the Dark - Details the early life of one Ptolemy Bent, a young black child who has the greatest IQ the world has ever known, and the purest heart possible in the world he is born into.

The Greatest - The rise of Fera Jones, the first female heavyweight Universal Boxing Authority world champion.

Doctor Kismet - An interview between the CEO of MacroCode International, the world's most powerful corporation, and one of the leader's of the Sixth Radical Congress, a movement to strengthen the positions of African-Americans in world society.

Angel's Island - The tale of a prisoner on the world's largest privately owned prison and how he came to expose its dark secrets.

The Electric Eye - A detective story focusing on one Folio Johnson, the "last private detective in New York". Folio is hired to investigate the mysterious deaths of members of an elite Neo-Fascists think tank group known as the International Socialists, "The Itsies".

Voices - Professor Jones (Fera Jones', from 'The Greatest', father) hears voices in his head after undergoing a brain tissue transplant. His doctor reassures him that it is simply the foreign tissue becoming part of him. Jones meets a little girl in a park who he shows a fatherly affection for, however her existence is eerie. Similar scenes play out throughout the story, making him question what is real and what are dreams, maybe even echoes of his past drug addiction.

Little Brother - A courtroom trial for the death of a policeman in Common Ground, where the defendant can afford neither an attorney nor a judge. He is thus tried and matches wits with a judicial automaton programmed with the minds of 10,000 legal experts.

En Masse

The Nig in Me- An international plague ravages the world and the only ones who are spared are those with African genes. [1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Walter Mosley : Futureland : Book Review". Mostlyfiction.com. Retrieved 2013-10-18. 

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