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Darwin's Bastards

Astounding Tales From Tomorrow

edited by Zsuzsi Gartner

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category: Fiction
published: May 2010
ISBN:9781553656166
publisher: Douglas & McIntyre
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"The stories collected here challenge the orthodoxy of what Canadian fiction can and should do, while continually adding fuel to the eternal flame of literature. These are "tales from tomorrow" in that the future is now -- it's 2010...We need more books like this, Canada. If you're one of those who counts themselves among Darwin's illegitimate children as well, check this one out." -- Broken Pencil

"Canadians who read this book will be proud to see that their imaginative landscape is as wildly bizarre - and honest to the truth - as ever." -- Globe & Mail

Social satire, fabulist tales and darkly humorous dystopian visions by some of Canada's most adventurous and distinguished writers.

The 23 stories in Darwin's Bastards take us on a twisted, wild ride into some future times and parallel universes where characters as diverse as a dead boy, a one-legged international actuarial forensics specialist, a pharmaceutical guinea pig, and a far-sighted fetus engage in their own games of the survival of the fittest.

The collection includes the first new short story by William Gibson to be published since 1997, as well as original, previously unpublished fiction by Lee Henderson, Timothy Taylor, Heather O'Neill, Mark Anthony Jarman, and others.

From recent Trillium Award-winner Pasha Malla's hilarious take on the apocalypse, where Prince is the only man left alive, to newcomer Matthew J. Trafford's brilliant triptych about the fallout from the cloning of Jesus Christ, to iconoclast Sheila Heti's meditative romp about beleaguered physicists and Oracle of Delphi-like BlackBerrys, Darwin's Bastards is a fast-moving, thought-provoking reading extravaganza.

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Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow

This is a provocative compilation of 23 short stories written by noteworthy Canadian authors. Representing social satire with “irreverent dystopian views” on futuristic society, this collection features authors such as Douglas Coupland, Yann Martel, Anosh Irani and Timothy Taylor. The stories are arranged into four themes: survivors, lovers, outliers and warriors. Jessica Grants’ Love in the Pneumatic Tube Era sees lovers riding “vac trains” and pulling into Jiffy Lubes. Mark Anthony Jarman’s lovesick space cowboy waits on the inhabited moon to be reassigned to earth. Anosh Irani provides an amusing monologue of a far-sighted male fetus. Timothy Taylor’s captivating mystery is a golf lover’s parable.

Gartner is the author of All the Anxious Girls on Earth.

Caution: Recommended for mature readers. Includes profane language and sexual references.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. BC Books for BC Schools. 2010-2011.

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