cover image Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow

Cyber World: Tales of Humanity’s Tomorrow

Edited by Jason Heller and Joshua Viola. Hex, $14.99 trade paper (260p) ISBN 978-0-9964039-1-7

Each story in this outstanding collection is set in a near-future society with intriguing technological advances, but the social and cultural implications of these developments vary widely. Some extend familiar situations: government surveillance expands into publicly available camera feeds in E. Lily Yu’s “Darkout,” and Paul Graham Raven’s “Staunch” takes a dystopian view of copyright and license agreements that affect custom-built organs. Artificial intelligence features in several stories, creating virtual realities in Matthew Kressel’s “The Singularity Is in Your Hair” and overseeing an underground refuge city in Madeline Ashby’s “Panic City.” A myriad of characters and styles highlights the variety of voices and ideas in current science fiction, and the authors gleefully expand the already-fluid definition of cyberpunk. The stories that focus on individual relationships highlight the most lasting and powerful effects of technological changes, showing them to be beneficial, destructive, and sometimes both at once. (Nov.)