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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (444 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Mosley Narrator: Richard Allen Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2008 ISBN:
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Life in America a generation from now isn't much different from today: The drugs are better, the daily grind is worse. The gap between the rich and the poor has widened to a chasm. You can store the world's legal knowledge on a chip in your little finger, while the Supreme Court has decreed that constitutional rights don't apply to any individual who challenges the system. Justice is swiftly delivered by automated courts, so the prison industry is booming. And while the media declare racism is dead, word on the street is that even in a colorless society, it's a crime to be black.

But the world still turns, and folks still have to get by with the hands they're dealt, folks such as:

Ptolemy Popo Bent: This gentle backwoods child has a genius I.Q.- and a soul so pure that officials want him locked up forever.

Folio Johnson: A hardboiled, cyber-augmented private eye who can see beneath the dark poetry of the metropolis, he will need an even greater edge than that to find out who's systematically murdering rich, young Nazis.

Fera Jones: She's the boxing Queen of the Ring who must still fight all comers to save her dad, preserve her identity, and protect the fans who believe in her.

Dr. Ivan Kismet: The world's richest man, Macrocode's CEO is a tycoon, tyrant, and messiah who is evidently more powerful than God. So it's too bad for everyone that Dr. Kismet is utterly insane.

Walter Mosley brings to life the celebs, working stiffs, leaders, victims, technocrats, crooks, oppressors, and revolutionaries who inhabit a glorious all-American nightmare that's just around the corner. Welcome to Futureland. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robert | 2/16/2014

    " It was good. I appreciate it as the first "afrofuturist" book I've ever read, (do you all think that is a clunky label?) oh... except for Octavia Butler, I read of hers too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 1/21/2014

    " While I really enjoyed what Mosley did with his future setting in this collection of stories, reading one of his straight mysteries right after this made me realize what I find 'wrong' about his writing, and why I didn't give the collection more stars here: Mosley tells the reader too much about his characters motivations and feelings. He underestimates the readers' ability to understand or imagine, and after a while that lack of trust becomes frustrating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Warner | 1/21/2014

    " Excellent sci-fic book. Very deep.A sleeper "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoJoTheModern | 1/18/2014

    " I would've given it five stars if all nine segments were written like the last three. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zahreen | 1/10/2014

    " Science fiction at its best - thanks Sunny for recommending it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tatiana Richards Hanebutte | 1/2/2014

    " Not only is the writing superb, but the dystopia he describes seems scarily plausible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 11/16/2013

    " While not all of these short stories are great, a number of them are. Overall, this is an enjoyable not-too-distant future story from one of America's best writers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 11/9/2013

    " DAMN! Amazing. One of the best sci-fi short story collections that I've read... would love to see this adapted as a graphic novel... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caitlin | 10/12/2013

    " Really fantastic. I listened to it as an audiobook, and the reader captured beautifully all of the different characters with their diverse voices and neuroses. A truly excellent series of discreet but connected short stories set in a not-quite-impossible future. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matilda | 8/20/2013

    " I love him in general but this book was especially amazing. One of the best sci fi books I've read in a long time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Edward ott | 8/2/2013

    " a frighting look at a rather bleak corporate controlled future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kandice | 11/4/2012

    " Some of the stories in this book were glaringly more intersting than others. I like his style enough that i kept reading, but I don;t think I'll search out his other efforts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Derek Emerson | 10/21/2012

    " I'm not much of science fiction reader, but I am a Mosley fan so I gave it a try. It was a collection of stories with some interweaving themes which I found to be interesting and thought provoking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Damis Newman | 7/9/2012

    " LOTS OF REASONS TO CONTINUE FIGHTING THE REVOLUTION AGAINST CORPORATIONS "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 3/3/2012

    " After reading two of the stories in this book, I decided to give it up. It just did not "grab" me at all, and the stories were just poorly formed. It did not hold my interest at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Coolbreeze | 2/26/2012

    " "Brave New World" Afro-American style. Sci-fi from a very different perspective. Imaginative and thought provoking... Bad!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 10/18/2011

    " A dystopic future based almost entirely on a corporo-facism. Lots of black people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Villager | 5/29/2011

    " I read this book a few years ago. I remember walking away thinking that I was sad that Walter Mosley didn't just write another episode of the Easy Rawlings series... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Destructo The Mad | 5/4/2011

    " This is a collection of SF short stories and novellas by Mosley, who is primarily known for writing mysteries. Some of the stories are excellent. The problem is that some of the stories are also not very good, and the farther I got through the book, the worse the stories got, so I stopped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matilda | 1/1/2011

    " I love him in general but this book was especially amazing. One of the best sci fi books I've read in a long time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zahreen | 4/4/2010

    " Science fiction at its best - thanks Sunny for recommending it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoJoTheModern | 2/12/2010

    " I would've given it five stars if all nine segments were written like the last three. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 10/24/2009

    " This is a collection of short stories. I love Walter Mosley. I read the first two, but the friend who loaned me the book said that they're pretty depressing (which they were,) so I stopped. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 10/16/2009

    " DAMN! Amazing. One of the best sci-fi short story collections that I've read... would love to see this adapted as a graphic novel... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Whitney | 8/5/2009

    " A dystopic future based almost entirely on a corporo-facism. Lots of black people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tina | 8/3/2009

    " After reading two of the stories in this book, I decided to give it up. It just did not "grab" me at all, and the stories were just poorly formed. It did not hold my interest at all. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gise | 7/30/2009

    " HELLA AMAZING.
    I stopped reading the other books cause I got hella hooked on this. Sci-Fi shorts stories with people of color in the main roles. A dark glimpse into the future of our urban spaces and government powers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Coolbreeze | 7/7/2009

    " "Brave New World" Afro-American style. Sci-fi from a very different perspective. Imaginative and thought provoking... Bad!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mariana | 5/3/2009

    " I continue my romp through Walter Mosley's books. This one is scary. "

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About the Author
Author Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley is the author of the acclaimed Easy Rawlins mystery series, including the national bestsellers Cinnamon Kiss, Little Scarlet, and Bad Boy Brawly Brown; the Fearless Jones series, including Fearless Jones, Fear Itself, and Fear of the Dark; the novels Blue Light and RL’s Dream; and two collections of stories featuring Socrates Fortlow, Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned, for which he received the Anisfield-Wolf Award, and Walkin’ the Dog. He was born in Los Angeles and lives in New York.

About the Narrator

Richard Allen is an accomplished and respected theatrical actor whose work includes Ragtime and PBS’ Great Performances: Play On! His voice can be heard on numerous television and radio productions, as well as the animated series Jumanji. Allen is also the winner of seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.