Children of the New World by Alexander Weinstein shortlisted for a Rubery Award
Text is thrilled to announce that Alexander Weinstein’s brilliant Children of the New World, has been shortlisted for a Rubery Award.
An enthralling, sometimes profound collection of short stories, Children of the New World introduces readers to a near-future world, of social media implants, memory manufacturers, immersive VR games, and intuitive robots. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and gratification, that belies an unbridgeable human distance, while others inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster.
Children of the New World grapples with our unease in this modern world and how our growing dependence on new technologies has changed the shape of our society.
‘Seductive...At their finest, Mr. Weinstein’s stories contain moments of moral complexity and, even more challenging—and more moving—moments of grace.’ — The New York Times
‘In this haunting and prescient debut collection, Weinstein evokes a vaguely dystopian, domestic existence where virtual reality, cybernetics, and social media are second nature…Over 13 tales, he steeps us in a realm of alternate realities close to our own, but each with a thought-provoking twist.’ – The Boston Globe
‘A darkly comic look at how far people will go to hold on to the devices that are replacing human experience.’ – The Washington Post
‘Mind-blowing…Weinstein’s brilliantly original, witty, and provocative tales explore the malleability of memory and self, the fragility of intimacy and nature, forging a ravishingly powerful, cautionary vision.’ – Booklist *STARRED REVIEW*
‘Touching on virtual families, climate change, implanted memories, and more, Weinstein’s debut collection of digital-age sci-fi stories is scary, recognizable, heartbreaking, witty, and absolutely human…. This is mind-bending stuff. Weinstein’s collection is full of spot-on prose, wicked humor, and heart.’ – Publishers Weekly *STARRED REVIEW*