The baker's dozen stories gathered here (including a new, previously unpublished story) turn readers into travelers to the past, the future, and explorers of the weirder points of the present. The journey is the thing as Pinsker weaves music, memory, technology, history, mystery, love, loss, and even multiple selves on generation ships and cruise ships, on highways and high seas, in murder houses and treehouses. They feature runaways, fiddle-playing astronauts, and retired time travelers; they are weird, wired, hopeful, haunting, and deeply human. They are often described as beautiful but Pinsker also knows that the heart wants what the heart wants and that is not always right, or easy.
Some of today's most visionary writers of science fiction project us forward to the world of the future; a world shaped by nationalism, isolationism, and a growing divide between the haves and have nots. This anthology sits at the intersection of politics, speculative fiction, and American identity. The choices we make today; the policies of our governments and the values that we, as people, embrace are going to shape our world for decades to come. Or break it.
Edited by Cat Rambo, the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the stories of If This Goes On invite you to worlds very like this one― but just a little different. Including:
"Green Glass: A Love Story" by E. Lily Yu, Hugo and World Fantasy Award nominee, and winner of the 2012 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, filters the future of now through a wholly relatable lens: relationships and marriage.
Hugo-winning editor Scott Edelman's "The Stranded Time Traveler Embraces the Inevitable" expertly employs an age-old science fiction convention to tell a deeply human tale of love, loss, and desperate hope.
Streaming our everyday lives has become commonplace, but in "Making Happy" Zandra Renwick examines a very uncommon consequence of broadcasting your every experience.
Former Minnesota Viking and noted equal rights advocate Chris Kluwe's "The Machine" deals with one of the most important and hotly contested questions of the day: what truly defines citizenship and American identity?
Nebula winner Sarah Pinsker's "That Our Flag Was Still There" uses possibly the most powerful symbol in American iconography to create a frightening and darkly illuminating vision of freedom of speech.
NAACP Image Award winner for Outstanding Literary Work Steven Barnes offers up the consequences of integrating technology and surveillance into our daily lives with his detective story "The Last Adventure of Jack Laff: The Dayveil Gambit"
And two dozen more of today's best authors offer If This Goes On, the science fiction future of today.
Featuring new fiction by Beth Cato, Stephen Graham Jones, JY Yang, Sarah Pinsker, and S. Qiouyi Lu, reprinted fiction by Kameron Hurley, essays by Sam J. Miller, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Shveta Thakrar, Dawn Xiana Moon, and Paul Booth, poetry by Cassandra Khaw, Brandon O’Brien, Bogi Takács, and Lisa M. Bradley, interviews with Stephen Graham Jones and Sarah Pinsker by Julia Rios, a cover by Julie Dillon, and an editorial by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.
Featuring new fiction by Sarah Pinsker, A.T. Greenblatt, Emma Törzs, Sarah Monette, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, and Brandon O'Brien, reprinted fiction by Nalo Hopkinson, essays by R.F. Kuang, Neile Graham, Marissa Lingen, and Karlyn Ruth Meyer, and poetry by Fran Wilde, Cassandra Khaw, Brandon O'Brien, Beth Cato, Sonya Taaffe,Hal Y. Zhang, and Andrea Tang, interviews with A.T. Greenblatt and Vina Jie-Min Prasad by Caroline M. Yoachim, a cover by Nilah Magruder, and an editorial by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.
Featuring new fiction by Carmen Maria Machado, Tim Pratt, Sarah Pinsker, E. Lily Yu, and Ferrett Steinmetz, reprinted fiction by Sofia Samatar, essays by Mary Anne Mohanraj, Una McCormack, Aidan Moher, and Dominik Parisien, poetry by S. Qiouyi Lu, Ada Hoffmann, and Sonya Taaffe, interviews with Carmen Maria Machado and Sarah Pinsker by Deborah Stanish, a cover by Kirbi Fagan, and an editoral by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.