A People’s Future of the United States

A glittering landscape of twenty-five speculative stories that challenge oppression and imagine 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 extraordinary collection of twenty-five stories 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 oppressed, or dragonriders and covert commandos—but these characters don’t flee, they fight.

A People’s Future of the United States is a call to arms for anyone who believes in our power to dream a just world. Thrilling, inspiring, and a sheer joy to read, this anthology reminds us of the life-giving power of storytelling.

Featuring stories by Violet Allen • Charlie Jane Anders • Lesley Nneka Arimah • Ashok K. Banker • Tobias S. Buckell • Tananarive Due • Omar El Akkad • Jamie Ford • Maria Dahvana Headley • Hugh Howey • Lizz Huerta• Justina Ireland • N. K. Jemisin • Alice Sola Kim • Seanan McGuire • Sam J. Miller • Daniel José Older • Malka Older • Gabby Rivera • A. Merc Rustad • Kai Cheng Thom • Catherynne M. Valente • Daniel H. Wilson • G. Willow Wilson • Charles Yu

ISBN: 978-0525508809
Format: Trade Paperback / Ebook
Publicity Contact: Mary Moates <mmoates@penguinrandomhouse.com>

Praise for A People’s Future of the United States

An outstanding collection written by 25 heavy hitters of speculative fiction, offering dazzling and often chilling glimpses of an uncertain future in which America teeters on the brink. […] 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)

Highly recommended for any speculative fiction reader, particularly those interested in the possibilities of science fiction to critique the present through visions of the future.

Booklist (starred review)

A timely compilation that highlights the hope and anxiety of the current political climate.

—Library Journal

A collection of stories about marginalized people, set in the near future [with] a lineup that reads like a who’s who of current science-fiction writers. […] There are great stories [and] those who feel optimistic about the future may find stories of fighting against oppression uplifting [in this assortment of] topical, speculative tales.

Kirkus Reviews

This book is a writhing, furious bag of words, genres, bleeding organs, weapons, and howls thrown at the misery of our world.

Jordy Rosenberg, Nylon.com

“[A] dynamic collection.”

The Millions

“Incredibly varied and incredibly exciting. […] Every [story] is thrilling, inspiring, and delightful.”

Book Riot