Welcome to Dystopia: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead – Morning Star Online

Posted: October 20, 2020 at 6:29 pm

IN WELCOME to Dystopia, edited by Gordon Van Gelder, a plague of what-if scenarios is released from the tortured imaginations of lefty sci-fi writers sharing one unified vision: What if Trump doesnt leave in November?

Hell breaks loose.

The tales represent a parallax view of the same event, from the perspectives of men, womenand multicultures.

In the opening story Sneakers, two male Canadians attempt to cross the border into the US to buy quality trainers cheaply, only to be detained for questioning for no other reason than the fascist border guard is in love with Trumps immigration vision so much it eludes him that the men arent trying to immigrate.

Men tells of new laws requiring statue replacements under a royal Trump regime Atlas, holding up the world at the Rockefeller Centre, is replaced by the Objectivist Ayn Rand and theres a story of forcedlabour marches to the Southern border to build the Wall.

Isnt Life Great is a dark tale that sees the US divided by strictlyenforced Red (Patriot) and Blue (Loyalist) neighbourhoods, an invasion of Iran and a war with China that ends with enlightenment.

Among the female writers Janis Ian, the singer-songwriter of At Seventeen fame a song quite in keeping with the tone of Welcome to Dystopia writes His Sweat Like Stars on the Rio Grande, a lyrical, sexy nightmare about a woman growing up in the shadow of the Wall, a tracker of immigrants trying to illegally escape over it back to Mexico.

N Lee Wood follows an email exchange between friends Michelle in New Zealand and Carrie in the US, the latter with cancer in a failed healthcare system in a failed state.

California has seceded, the nations a war zone and theres a mass flight towards the Canadian border.

In The Elites, Stephanie Feldman tells the two-pronged tale of an intercultural family breakdown caused by the policies of Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

Indian writer Deepak UnnikrishnansBirds is a real gem. It tells the mawkish tale of Indian Anna Varghese, recruited as a taper at construction sites in Abu Dhabi.

When workers fall or jump from the buildings, shes there to sew and tape them together so that they can return to work.

No hospitals are allowed the workers cannot leave the site.

Varghese writes of their final thoughts: When workers fell, severing limbs, the pain was acute, but borne. Yet what truly stung was the loneliness and anxiety of falling that weighed on their minds.

The 45 stories are no erudite or academic exorcisms but plain-speaking, oftenfunny, splendid reads. No philosophy, just rock-steady acknowledgements that the end is nigh.

Welcome to Dystopia is published by O/R Books, 16.


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