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Children of the New World

AN EXTRAORDINARILY RESONANT AND PROPHETIC COLLECTION OF SPECULATIVE SHORT FICTION FOR OUR TECH-SAVVY ERA BY DEBUT AUTHOR ALEXANDER WEINSTEINChildren 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....

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Children of the New World Reviews

  • Maxwell

    In his collection of speculative short stories, Alexander Weinstein looks at many possible futures for our world, especially those shaped by the innovation and integration of technology. Whether it's robotic babysitters ("Saying Goodbye to Yang"), manufactured memories ("The Cartographers") or live streaming from your eyeballs ("Fall Line"), these imaginative stories take our current obsession with tech to the next level.

    And while the premises of almost all the stories are very interesting and f

  • Terri

    Thirteen original science-fiction stories that are set in the not so distant future, held me in suspense, until the end of the book. I predict some possible movies being made from some of these frightening tales. My favorite story was"Saying Goodbye to Yang" deals with cloning and robotic children. Alexander Weinstein asks the question, about our brave new world that technology could bring us, "How do we stop ourselves from turning into terrifying monsters?" These sci-fiction stories also ask qu ...more

  • Tamsien West (Babbling Books)

    Just another straight-white-male sci-fi collection. Though I did finish all the stories, none of them really stood out to me as bringing anything new to the science fiction genre. There were an assortment of tales about artificial intelligence becoming part of the family, digital manipulation of memory, and a couple of post-apocalypse style settings.

    This book has a strangely distant voice and feels deeply male-centric. Children of the New World was an interesting story but like all the others la

  • Taryn

    If you love the TV series Black Mirror, this book is for you! This collection of thirteen short stories features a variety of imagined futures where technology has become so embedded in day-to-day life that it's impossible to live without it. Many of the characters have grown so dependent on virtual reality that they've forgotten how to connect with people in the real world. Some of them seem to crave offline connections, but are clueless about how to obtain them. One of the reasons books like t

    It all made me want to turn off my layers, go back to the old days, and stay disconnected. But you do that and you become another old guy buried in an e-reader, complaining about how no one sends emails anymore.

    My favorites:

    Saying Goodbye to Yang: In a world where people prefer cloning to conceiving naturally, the couple in this story decided to adopt a little girl from China. They also purchased a life-like robot named Yang to serve as her brother and ensure that she would remain connected to her culture. One morning, Yang has a catastrophic malfunction and fixing him isn't an option. The father realizes how much Yang has become part of the family and how little he knows about the world, including their neighbors.

    • The Cartographers - A company creates complex memories that are beamed into customer's minds. They're so well-done that it's difficult to distinguish the difference between real memories and fake ones. One of the owner's addiction to creating false memories makes it difficult for him to make real memories with his girlfriend.

    • Heartland - Companies exploited all of this community's land and resources, leaving the citizens with a wasteland. They're forced to make difficult decisions to survive. With very few jobs available, a family uses their children to make ends meet. How far are they willing to go?

    • Children of the New World - A couple who was unable to have a child in real life is devastated when a virus destroys their virtual family.

    • Rocket Night - Every year, a local elementary school sends the least-liked child to space. The casual detachment of the narrator made this one extra eerie!

    Some days I think it was; that there’s no way to share the totality of yourself and still be loved, that secrets are the glue that holds relationships together.

    • Openness - This one takes place in a world where you can easily share your most inner self with others. You can control which parts of yourself people can access by locking specific layers. Can a couple survive revealing all of their layers?

    We were the first generation to grow up with layers, a group of kids who’d produced thousands of tutorials on blocking unwanted users but not a single one on empathy.

    • Ice Age - Tensions escalate between an igloo community and their wealthy neighbor who's wasting dwindling resources. The close-knit community focused on survival is permanently altered when material possession becomes an option.

    My favorites tended to be the ones about couples and families surviving in a technologically advanced world. The tales are bleak and depressing, but also interesting and unique. I love speculative fiction and weird short stories, so this book was a perfect fit for me. As with all short story collections, I liked some stories more than others. There were only two that didn't appeal to me at the time (The Pyramid and the Ass and the very short A Brief History of the Failed Revolution). I calculated four stars by averaging my scores for each individual short story, so I rated most of them very highly. You can sample some of Alexander Weinstein's short stories at his website. I look forward to reading more of his work in the future!

    If you enjoy this collection of short stories, you might also want to check out Slipping by Lauren Beukes (available 11/29/16) and Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips.


    I received this book for free from Macmillan-Picador & NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This title is out today, September 13, 2016 ...more

  • David

    The timely, nuanced stories in Alexander Weinstein’s “Children of the New World” are some of the most brilliantly disconcerting fiction in recent memory, stranding the reader in 13 eerily plausible futures. In riveting scenarios that call to mind the cult BBC TV series “Black Mirror,” Weinstein deftly explores our evolving relationship with technology and its repercussions on our inner and outer lives.

    In the poignant first story, “Saying Goodbye to Yang,” the family’s android baby-sitter suffers

  • Julianne (Outlandish Lit)

    I haven't been this excited about reading a book in what feels like forever. I knew that I'd like this collection of short stories. It was pitched to me as akin to the TV show Black Mirror, which I absolutely loved. And they weren't wrong about that. Here we have a collection of stories that are all speculative. Set in the very near future, things are just a little different from how they are now. People are a little more hooked into technology, the environment is in worse shape, etc. Our scenar ...more

  • Jessica Sullivan

    After seeing all the Black Mirror comparisons, I had to get my hands on this book. The comparisons are accurate—if only thematically. In his series of short stories, Weinstein imagines eerie future worlds not too unfamiliar from our own where humanity has taken the backseat to technology.

    His stories incorporate smart, interesting subject matter, such as robot children and the corporatization of human consciousness. My favorite story, "Openness," imagines a world in which we can plug into carefu

  • Mel (Epic Reading)

    There were three really solid little stories in this anthology of dystopia snippets. I say snippets because many of these stories are more ideas that haven't been fleshed out enough.

    Even the best writers can't tell a good story in 8 pages. Almost all the ideas in Alexander Weinstein's compilation of Children of the New World are unique and engaging; but most just don't have enough there to really make me feel like I was told a story with characters I can remember.

    Many of the stories I can bare