2084: A Science Fiction Anthology
Fifteen predictions, seventy years in the future. By 2084 the world we know is gone. These are stories from our world seven decades later.
In 1948 George Orwell looked at the world around him and his response was 1984, now a classic dystopian novel. Here fifteen writers asked themselves the same question as Orwell did – where are we going, and what is our future?
Visit the dark corners of the future metropolis, trek the wastelands of all that remains. See the world through the eyes of drones. Put humanity on trial as the oceans rise. Say goodbye to your body as humanity merges with technology.
Warnings or prophesies? Paradise or destruction? Will we be proud of what we have achieved, in 2084?
Our future unfolds before us.
Edited by George Sandison, 2084 features original fiction from:
- Christopher Priest (author of The Prestige, The Gradual and many more)
- Courttia Newland (author of The Scholar, The Gospel According to Kane and more)
- Lavie Tidhar (author of A Man Lies Dreaming, Osama and Central Station)
- Dave Hutchinson (author of The Fractured Europe Sequence)
- James Smythe(author of The Australia Trilogy and The Anomaly Quartet)
- Anne Charnock (author of Sleeping Embers of an Ordinary Mind and A Calculated Life)
- Jeff Noon (author of Vurt, Automated Alice, Pollen and many more)
- Aliya Whiteley (author of The Beauty and The Arrival of Missives)
- EJ Swift (author of The Osiris Project trilogy)
- Oliver Langmead (author of Metronome and Dark Star)
- Irenosen Okojie (author of Speak Gigantular)
- Malcolm Devlin (author of You Will Grow Into Them)
- Cassandra Khaw (author of Hammers on Bone)
- Desirina Boskovich (author of Never Now Always and co-author of The Steampunk User’s Manual)
- Ian Hocking (author of Deja Vu)
2084 is a very solid anthology that rarely is openly analogous to the Orwell novel which inspired it. Not an endless parade of stories featuring doublespeaking big brothers monitoring people with initials W.S., Sandison brings together a much wider variety, each of which is a dystopia (some more, some less) but from a perspective other than pure tyranny or propaganda … The stand-outs for me are the Khaw, Priest, Langmead, Hocking, and Charnock stories, while for other readers it will be others given the quality of choice. Accordingly, the anthology as a whole should be considered as one of the best of 2017.
Each of these stories builds on topics raised today, playing out possibilities in disquieting directions. Ways of living may have moved on but attitudes have not changed. The writing throughout is excellent, each tale darkly compelling. A collection that deserves to be widely read.
– Never Imitate
The idea that an Orwell-inspired collection might veer towards familiar tales of totalitarian regimes is clearly false. Instead we have a gloriously varied collection that rewards you with a new gem of an idea each time you turn the page. Editor George Sandison, who has done a brilliant job in assembling this anthology, insists in his introduction that this isn’t a book of predictions, nor one about the future. Instead, he says, the dystopias described are echoes of the fears of today. Perhaps he’s right. Or perhaps 2084 is in equal parts about the present and the future. There’s certainly enough in this excellent collection to leave you wondering about both.
– Neon Lit Mag
Every story is a gem ... Trust me on this, buy this book even if you don't really like reading short stories. 2048 is an excellent collection which leave you thinking for days about your own version of 2048.
– Writer's Little Helper
In 2084, the tales are dystopian but their variety is a strength - 15 stories solely focused on Big Brother would have been predictable. Instead, we are presented with visions of worlds that might be: some intriguing (if thin) commentaries, with others deeply affecting. The anthology hits hardest when stories reflect upon what being human will mean in this near-future. It's a fitting tribute to 1984, whose real power was not to terrify but to break your heart with soft flourishes of humanity.
– Geek Planet Online
In 2084‘s introduction, George Sandison somewhat paradoxically writes, “this is not a book about the future”, as with all dystopian fiction, it’s rather a book about the present and the mistakes we’re making now which could drastically impact on our future. Crucially, while certainly inventive, none of the collection’s realities seem inconceivable; if a reader was to alternate each story with watching a few minutes of the news, I wonder whether they’d always be able to tell the difference, which is the mark of truly excellent speculative fiction.
– 5/5 review from Nudge
The second ARC (Advanced Reading Copy) I have ever accepted from a publisher, and only because I adore the Unsung Stories crew and everything they put out, this was just the medicine I needed during a period when I was too busy to commit to a novel. Stuffed to the brim with some of my favorite British SF writers, this dark and edgy 1984 tribute collection is as relevant as its inspiration.
– A Science Book A Day
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-907389-50-4
ePub ISBN: 978-1-907-389-53-5
Publication date: 18th September 2017
Format: Paperback, ePub and mobi