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Predictions of our future, inspired by George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, from 15 leading science fiction writers.
Predictions of our future, inspired by George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, from 15 leading science fiction writers.
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Stretch goals!

After an opening week like that there's only one thing we can do... And what better way to make the anthology better than with more stories? We've got more great writers lined up - people who will bring a fresh angle to the theme, people whose writing we love - and they're poised and ready to go, right now. The first target is nice and easy, as well...

  • £6,000 - we add another story - HIT!
  • £7,500 - we add a second bonus story - HIT!
  • £9,000 - we add a third extra story - HIT!
  • £12,000?! - we pay the contributors more money - HIT!
  • Contributor 15 added to the collection!

2084

We are publishing 2084, an anthology of dystopian fiction, in July 2017. We are looking to raise £2500 to help cover the cost of the book.

The money goes towards making the book and paying our contributors, and hopefully lets us make the book something special for everyone who supports the project.

Supporters will get access to Kickstarter exclusives, including special editions and the chance to have your name in the book as part of a list of wonderful people. 

The artwork for the standard edition, by Marcin Wolski
The artwork for the standard edition, by Marcin Wolski

The Anthology 

In 1948 George Orwell saw a world in flux. After the tumult of two World Wars he saw lessons being forgotten, the slow creep of authoritarianism and the potential for our future to be a dark and oppressive place.

Now, in 2017, we're seeing the UK crashing out of the EU, with no idea of what comes next. President Trump is at loggerheads with the US government, his own party even, and trying to push through ever more controversial laws. Nigel Farage, inflated by a bizarre success, now wants to split California into two states. And all the while, the ice caps are melting and our climate is changing irrevocably.

There's a reason they're making the series of The Handmaid's Tale today. We live in a world where Presidential staff think a lie is an 'alternative fact'. Truth is becoming fluid, malleable, an annoyance more than an obligation for those in power.

Today we know how prophetic Orwell was, with the very language of his imagined future entering our present. With the seismic shocks, politically and culturally, still resonating after 2016, the time is right to look ahead again.

2084 features 14 stories from leading science fiction writers who were all asked the same question - what will our world look like 67 years from now? The anthology features new and exclusive stories from: 

  • Jeff Noon 
  • Christopher Priest 
  • James Smythe 
  • Lavie Tidhar 
  • Aliya Whiteley
  • David Hutchinson 
  • Cassandra Khaw 
  • Desirina Boskovich 
  • Anne Charnock 
  • Ian Hocking 
  • Oliver Langmead 
  • Courttia Newland
  • Irenosen Okojie
  • EJ Swift
  • Malcolm Devlin

In 1948 Orwell looked at the world around him and wrote 1984, now a classic dystopian novel. Here 15 writers asked themselves the same question as Orwell did - where are we going, what is our future?

15 predictions of the world, 70 years in the future. By 2084 the world we know will be history. These stories envision what our world will look like seven decades later.

See the flooded metropolises of the future, trek the wastelands of all that is left. Imagine the legacy of President Trump, and visit the borders of a future Europe. Say goodbye to your body as humanity joins the computers, or say goodbye to your freedom as the state takes control. All of these things may come to pass.

Warnings or prophesies? Paradise or destruction? Will we be proud of what we have achieved, in 2084?

Our future unfolds before us. 

Author interviews

As part of the work for this project we spoke to some of the contributors about their stories, George Orwell and what our future holds for us. You can check them out now:

 

 

 

The artwork print

You'll have to forgive one slight fluff in the reward tiers regarding the artwork print - it won't be a screen print, because screen printing is best suited to one- or two-colour images that are a lot simpler than this artwork.

What it will be, however, is a high-quality print worthy of the artwork!

About the book 

One thing we try to do at Unsung, is make our books beautiful objects. It’s about attention to detail.

This means we carefully match each book with an artist. For us, it’s absolutely essential to get a cover that belongs to the work, something unique. Hopefully you’ll agree Marcin Wolski did a great job with the artwork here. 

Kickstarter-only exclusive cover artwork by Marcin Wolski
Kickstarter-only exclusive cover artwork by Marcin Wolski

For this anthology we have asked Marcin to make us an exclusive Kickstarter-only cover which you can see above. This edition will only be available to people who pledge here, so don’t miss out on this special edition!

About Unsung Stories

Unsung Stories started in 2014 with the idea of publishing ambitious speculative fiction. It's about finding the literary and ambitious books, the ones that refuse to conform, the ones that push the envelope of what genre fiction can be. We celebrate all great writing without distinction, and dream of a world where no one will feel compelled to say, ‘I don’t read science fiction...’ 

We've published debut writers, in genres as diverse as SF noir epic poetry, literary body horror, portal fantasy and weird fiction. And we work to make sure each book is as good as it can be.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that this campaign is successful, and in 67 years the book is revealed to be highly prophetic…

The main thing is to show everyone that these stories - and dystopian fiction as an idea - are relevant and valuable today. After the bruises and shocks of 2016 we are hoping for better things from 2017, but perhaps part of that involves looking into the future without filters, foreseeing the dangers ahead.

One of the reasons we chose Orwell to start is that he’s one of the great examples of how the mainstream will readily adopt science fiction, under the right conditions. For us, there should be no borders between literary and genre communities.

We've worked hard to build a reputation for striking and quality writing, and our books have been shortlisted for awards including the BSFA Awards, the James Tiptree Jr Award (twice!), the Shirley Jackson Award, the Saboteur Awards and the Guardian's Not the Booker Award.

With your help, we can introduce new readers to science fiction, and take a look into our possible futures.

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