ì Watchlist ☆ Download by ☆ Bryan Hurt
ì Watchlist ☆ Download by ☆ Bryan Hurt What is a god if not alone Watchlist is an interesting anthology of stories about surveillance some by well known writers like T.
C Boyle and Aimee Bender, others from newer writers, others from international authors There are dystopias, strange machines, and parallel worlds and a strong USC connection among the contributors, where the editor Bryan Hurt and I both went to grad school The quote comes from Hurt s own story, Moonless, about a guy who creates a mini universe and thereby becomes a god of sorts It s the perfect book if, like me, you ve already watched all 3 seasons of Black Mirror and need scary stories about the future of tech.
From my review for the Brooklyn Quarterly The pieces in Watchlist that most directly address state surveillance tend to highlight the absurdity lurking in repression The web watching spies of the unnamed Empire in Terror tour istas Juan Pablo Villalobos work feverishly to decide if people posting and liking poetically captioned photos of K2 on Facebook Mountains are not fair or unfair should be arrested and tortured, or spammed with ads for exotic holidays In Our New Neighborhood Lincoln Michel , Donald creates a mini surveillance state complete with drones, dissidents, conspiracies, and so on in his suburb of Middle Pond located between West Pond on the east and East Pond on the west because he is obsessively worried about property values This emphasis on the absurd might be a matter of taste Hurt s preference, at least in Watchlist, is apparently f Surveillance society stories More, please This was the copy Charles Yu read his fantastic short story from, after which he gifted and signed it to me This is a public thanks There is plenty of futurism here, but the best thing about this collection is that it makes you think about the society we already inhabit This is a must read even if only for Yu s story, which is what attracted me to the collection The one quibble is that some of the stories felt like they needed to be explored at greater length, but given that this was science fiction, which has a history of authors turning short stories into book length works later, fingers crossed Very, very good short story collection on our battle with surveillance and privacy, although not all stories adhered to the theme.
As you can see, it took a while to read longer than it has ever taken me to read a book Not sure why, although it may have had to do with the varying quality of the stories.
DeFillipo s dozen or so short vignettes the last entry was the best You might want to start there.
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I often read short story collections as a change of pace This collection of thirty two stories by 32 different authors presents varying views on the heart pounding, paranoia inducing theme of surveillance Many of these stories are creative and thought provoking Some, honestly, are a little weird for me So to balance the stories I liked with the ones I didn t, I rated this book three stars Several stories are five stars in my opinion T.
C Boyle s story, The Relive Box , will stay with me for a long time I just hope it doesn t come true A device allows you to replay your life, over and over again on a screen The scary, overlapping characteristic of this story with most stories in this group is that personal devices and technological advances real and imagined have opened up the often creepy world of super surveillance I did get tire Watchlist is a collection of stories related to people watching and or being watched in some fashion, sometimes with a tenuous thematic link, sometimes painfully obvious, often involving technology or science fiction, and often similar to an episode of Black Mirror.
Two asterisks indicates I particularly liked the story for some reason.
1 Nighttime of the city Robert Coover Bizarre The reader watches an endless, improbable film noir pursuit of shifting shapes and shadowy figures.
2 Sleeping where Jean Seberg slept Katherine Karlin Meh Not feeling it.
3 Testimony of Malik, Israeli agent, Prisoner 287690 Randa Jarrar Good Awkward at first The Middle East from the perspective of a Kestrel4 The Relive Box T Cor Review originally for Sabotage Reviews Sabotage ReviewsUndeniably, we in the West live in an age of information, or readily accessible and frequently shared data As the early twenty first century progresses, we have increasing instances of leaked secret information, intelligence agencies monitoring our communications, and companies changing the ways they can use customers personal information through their privacy TCs or insisting they won t sell it on All of which is to say nothing of people s desire to share occasionally profound, occasionally mundane, occasionally intimate, personal information over social media, nor the ubiquitous CCTV camera This, then, is the inspiration behind OR books short story anthology, Watchlist, edited by Bryan Hurt