Welcome to Dystopia

Original title: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead

Publication Date:

December 2017



Territories Handled

France, Netherlands, Scandinavia



Welcome to Dystopia

Original title: 45 Visions of What Lies Ahead

  • 2 Seas Represents: French, Dutch, and Nordic Rights.
  • Rights sold: China (New Star Press)


The 45 original stories in this volume achieve their objectives laudably, presenting bleak dystopic near-futures that are firmly rooted in the here and now…. A bracing collection of short, sharp shocks, all of which stimulate and some of which stun.  — Publishers Weekly

“People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it.” — Ray Bradbury

Fighting in the streets, corruption at the highest levels, collapsing infrastructure, brutal police, a daily threat of nuclear war: few of us thought we’d find ourselves here, so far into the 21st century. What’s next? Are we really going to be “great again,” however that’s meant? And if we are, what does that mean for those of us on the receiving end of the less-than-great?

In this diverse and vigorous mix of stories by newcomers and luminaries, writers offer their takes on what life might hold for us in the next few years. The resulting visions of war, oppression, and daily struggle are sometimes humorous, sometimes terrifying (and occasionally both), but always thought-provoking.

Including stories by K. G. AndersonRichard BowesElizabeth BourneScott BradfieldJ.S. BreukelaarJennifer Marie BrissettBecca CaccavoDon D’AmmassaStephanie FeldmanEric James FulliloveRon GoulartEileen GunnLeslie HowleMatthew HughesJanis IanMichael KandelThomas KaufsekPaul La FargeYoon Ha LeeMichael LiblingHeather LindsleyLisa MasonBarry N. MalzbergDavid MarusekMary Anne MohanrajJames MorrowRuth NestvoldDeji Bryce OlukotunMarguerite ReedRobert ReedMadeleine E. RobinsJay RussellGeoff RymanJames SallisJ. M. SidarovaBrian Francis SlatteryHarry TurtledoveDeepak UnnikrishnanTS ValeLeo VladimirskyRay VukcevichTed WhitePaul WitcoverN. Lee Wood, and Jane Yolen.

Gordon Van Gelder is the publisher of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He is the editor of many anthologies, among them Welcome to the Greenhouse: New Science fiction on Climate Change (OR Books). He has twice received the Hugo Award for Best Editor (short form), and has twice won the World Fantasy Award. He lives in Jersey City, N. J.