This event will be held at our 9th Ave. store.
Alexander Weinstein reads from his story collection, Children of the New World.
Praise for Alexander Weinstein:
"A darkly mesmerizing, fearless, and exquisitely written work. Stunning, harrowing, and brilliantly imagined." ―Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven
"[Weinstein's] stories look like SF―consider the childless couple living in a virtual-reality community whose child there is wiped out by a computer virus―but read like literary fiction. Calling all fans of Margaret Atwood and Emily St. John Mandel." ―Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal Prepub Alert
About Children of the New World:
AN EXTRAORDINARILY RESONANT AND PROPHETIC COLLECTION OF SPECULATIVE SHORT FICTION FOR OUR TECH-SAVVY ERA BY DEBUT AUTHOR ALEXANDER WEINSTEIN
Children of the New World introduces readers to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and alarmingly intuitive robots. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification that belies an unbridgeable human distance, while others inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster, which they must work to rebuild as we once did millennia ago.
In "The Cartographers," the main character works for a company that creates and sells virtual memories, while struggling to maintain a real-world relationship sabotaged by an addiction to his own creations. In Saying Goodbye to Yang, the robotic brother of an adopted Chinese child malfunctions, and only in his absence does the family realize how real a son he has become.
Children of the New World grapples with our unease in this modern world and how our ever-growing dependence on new technologies has changed the shape of our society. Alexander Weinstein is a visionary new voice in speculative fiction for all of us who are fascinated by and terrified of what we might find on the horizon.
Selected by Electric Literature as one of the best short story collections of 2016