A Peoples Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers Audiobook, by various authors Play Audiobook Sample

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Publisher Description

A glittering landscape of twenty-five speculative stories that challenge oppression and envision new futures for America—from N. K. Jemisin, Charles Yu, Jamie Ford, G. Willow Wilson, Charlie Jane Anders, Hugh Howey, and more.

In these tumultuous times, in our deeply divided country, many people are angry, frightened, and hurting. Knowing that imagining a brighter tomorrow has always been an act of resistance, editors Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams invited an extraordinarily talented group of writers to share stories that explore new forms of freedom, love, and justice. They asked for narratives that would challenge oppressive American myths, release us from the chokehold of our history, and give us new futures to believe in.

They also asked that the stories be badass.

The result is this spectacular collection of twenty-five tales that blend the dark and the light, the dystopian and the utopian. These tales are vivid with struggle and hardship—whether it’s the othered and the terrorized, or dragonriders and covert commandos—but these characters don’t flee, they fight.

Thrilling, inspiring, and a sheer joy to listen to, A People’s Future of the United States is a gift for anyone who believes in our power to dream a just world.

AUDIO TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction by Victor LaValle, read by the author

The Bookstore at the End of America, by Charlie Jane Anders, read by Kyla Garcia

Our Aim Is Not to Die, by A. Merc Rustad, read by Dani Martineck

The Wall, by Lizz Huerta, read by Roxana Ortega

Read After Burning, by Maria Dahvana Headley, read by William DeMeritt

Chapter 5: Disruption and Continuity [excerpted], by Malka Older, read by Prentice Onayemi

It Was Saturday Night, I Guess That Makes It All Right, by Sam J. Miller, read by Paul Boehmer

Attachment Disorder, by Tananarive Due, read by Kyla Garcia

By His Bootstraps, by Ashok K. Banker, read by William DeMeritt

Riverbed, by Omar El Akkad, read by Soneela Nankani

What Maya Found There, by Daniel José Older, read by Roxana Ortega

The Referendum, by Lesley Nneka Arimah, read by Adenrele Ojo

Calendar Girls, by Justina Ireland, read by N'Jameh Camara

The Synapse Will Free Us from Ourselves, by Violet Allen, read by Vikas Adam

O.1, by Gabby Rivera, read by a full cast (Public Broadcast, Falak Alfayed: Vikas Adam; Mala: Soneela Nankani; Deviana Ortiz: Roxana Ortega; Key: William DeMeritt; Orion: Adenrele Ojo; Luz: Kyla Garcia)

The Blindfold, by Tobias S. Buckell, read by Prentice Onayemi

No Algorithms in the World, by Hugh Howey, read by Darrell Dennis

Esperanto, by Jamie Ford, read by N'Jameh Camara

ROME, by G. Willow Wilson, read by Soneela Nankani

Give Me Cornbread or Give Me Death, by N. K. Jemisin, read by Adenrele Ojo

Good News Bad News, by Charles Yu, read by a full cast (Narrators: Prentice Onayemi & Dani Martineck; Elizabeth Chang: Nancy Wu; Darren Chang: Darrell Dennis; Cynthia Rodriguez: N’Jameh Camara; Bert Newsom: Paul Boehmer; Emma Chang: Kyla Garcia; Nicholas Chang: Nancy Wu)

What You Sow, by Kai Cheng Thom, read by Nancy Wu

A History of Barbed Wire, by Daniel H. Wilson, read by Darrell Dennis

The Sun in Exile, by Catherynne M. Valente, read by Nancy Wu

Harmony, by Seanan McGuire, read by Dani Martineck

Now Wait for This Week, by Alice Sola Kim, read by Soneela Nankani

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Quotes

  • "[An] excellent collection…You might expect a collection of dreamy political utopias. Instead, they created spaces of resistance that are often darker, and more frightening, than reality…Imaginary worlds can create a heaven or a hell, depending on your ideology.”

    - New York Times Book REview
  • “An outstanding collection written..Each story builds a plausible extrapolation of the current world, and each character is well drawn. This bold collection is full of hope, strength, and courage, and will be welcomed by readers looking for emotional sustenance and validation of their experiences in a challenging time.”

    - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “A timely compilation that highlights the hope and anxiety of the current political climate.”

    - Library Journal

Awards

  • Finalist for the Ignyte Award for Best Anthology/Collected Works
  • A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

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About the Author

Neal Stephenson is known for his speculative fiction works, variously categorized as science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, and cyberpunk. He is the author of several New York Times bestselling novels.

About the Narrators

Adenrele Ojo is an actress, dancer, and audiobook narrator, winner of over a dozen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2018. She made her on-screen debut in My Little Girl, starring Jennifer Lopez, and has since starred in several other films. She has also performed extensively with the Philadelphia Dance Company. As the daughter of John E. Allen, Jr., founder and artistic director of Freedom Theatre, the oldest African American theater in Pennsylvania, is no stranger to the stage. In 2010 she performed in the Fountain Theatre’s production of The Ballad of Emmett Till, which won the 2010 LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for Best Ensemble. Other plays include August Wilson’s Jitney and Freedom Theatre’s own Black Nativity, where she played Mary.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe, in addition to Frasier, Judging Amy, Guiding Light, and All My Children. He is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware. As a narrator, Paul has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award.

Nancy Wu has narrated audiobooks since 2004, winning three AudioFile Earphones Awards. A New York theater, television, and film actor, she has recorded in studios all over the world—from Italy to Switzerland to Thailand. Her credits include Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Hope & Faith, All My Children, Made for Each Other, and the Oscar-nominated film Frozen River.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe, in addition to Frasier, Judging Amy, Guiding Light, and All My Children. He is a 1992 Masters of Fine Arts graduate of the Professional Theater Training Program at the University of Delaware. As a narrator, Paul has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award.

Prentice Onayemi is an Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator and a voice and film actor who is known for his roles in The Steam-Room Crooner, AmeriQua, and as Joey in the Tony Award–winning play War Horse.

Roxana Ortega is a narrator, actress, and comedian based in Los Angeles. She studied at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and first began performing in the Bay Area. She has appeared in supporting roles in numerous films, including Evan Almighty and Miss Congeniality 2. Her television credits include Samantha Who, The Shield, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Crossing Jordan, and Journeyman.

Soneela Nankani is an award-winning narrator with over three hundred titles in many different genres including Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, and Nonfiction. She has garnered sixteen Earphones Awards, nominations for Audie and SOVAS awards, and was recently awarded AudioFile magazine’s Golden Voice Lifetime Achievement Honor. Her audiobooks have been featured in Best Audiobooks lists by AudioFile magazine and the Washington Post, among others. In her spare time, she loves to read (yes, really), learn languages, try new recipes, and travel. She lives in the DC area with her husband and two mischievous daughters.

Vikas Adam is a classically trained actor with numerous credits in stage, film, commercials, and television, in addition to his over two hundred recorded audiobooks. His narrations have garnered numerous awards and nominations, including AudioFile Earphones Awards, various Best of the Year lists, and the prestigious Audie Award. He was an inaugural inductee into the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame.

Kyla Garcia is an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. Born and raised in Hoboken, New Jersey, she discovered acting at the age of eight when she played Lady Macbeth in a children’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. She made her off-Broadway debut at fifteen when she played Dorothy in Oz: A Twisted Musical. Eleven years after she discovered her passion for acting, she would go on to play Lady Macbeth once again in London at the Globe Theatre, where she studied Shakespeare during her third year at Mason Gross School of the Arts. She received her BFA in acting from Rutgers University.

William DeMerrit is a voice talent and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator.

Darrell Dennis is a native Canadian comedian, actor, screenwriter and radio personality from the Secwepemc Nation in the interior of British Columbia. In addition to acting and comedy, Darrell is a writer whose works have been published by Playwrights Canada Press and Douglas & McIntyre Publishing. His short stories have been published in periodicals across Canada and the U.S. His first play, Trickster of Third Avenue East, was produced by Native Earth Performing Arts, which twice named Darrell their “Writer-in- Residence.” His semi-autobiographical one-man play, Tales of an Urban Indian, in which he explored themes of growing up as an indigenous First Nations Native American, was nominated for two Dora Awards and has been produced for multiple tours across Canada and the United States

N’Jameh Camara is a voice artist and Earphones Award–winning narrator.

Living Language, an imprint of Random House, Inc., is a foreign language self-study publisher that produces courses in languages such as French, German, Italian, Polish, Persian, and Arabic.