Category Archives: John Hellers

Future Americas edited by John Hellers and Martin H. Greenberg

Future Americas Cover

ISBN-13: 978-0756405083
ISBN-10: 0756405084
Publisher: DAW
Pub. date: June 2008
$7.99, 320 pages,
paperback

Reviewed by Danny Adams

[Editor’s Note: The following review was originally written for the October 2008 issue of Some Fantastic, which was never published. This marks its initial publication.]

Cory Doctorow has made a point of explaining his stories by saying that he doesn’t predict the future — he predicts the present. He wasn’t necessarily following any slippery slopes to someday conclusions, but rather extrapolating all of the potential consequences for things happening right now. While most of the stories in Future Americas aren’t quite that immediate, many if not most do take that next logical step. If you can genetically tailor your children, what happens if the child still doesn’t meet the standard you wanted? Are there alternatives to burial in an environmentally-challenged land? Is forensics becoming too technical at the expense of human instinct?

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