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R J Davey , Dylan Otto Krider , Oliver Langmead , Teresa Bassett , Luke Spry , Jamie Burnette , J Collyer , Stephen McQuiggan , Charlotte Comley , Lucy Lapinski , Dale Bridges , Kedge Wells , A D Warr
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20 Sep 2013
A Collection of 14 short dystopian Science Fiction stories by 11 of the best new authors in the genre. Vast, terrible future societies where Humans have lost facets of their freedoms are the backdrop for these 14 tales of horror, redemption, and humanity in the face of insurmountable odds. An essential collection for any fan of the genre, and for anyone who has ever asked the question - "What if?"

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  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (20 Sep 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1492228915
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492228912
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Coming from the US and the UK, the authors in this collection are among some of the brightest, brand-new names in science fiction, who all have a highly unique take on the genre, and storytelling in general.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Inventive and entertaining sci-fi shorts 9 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a cracking collection of short scf-fi / speculative fiction stories from 14 different authors. They're united by a common theme of 'what if?', which in this case is 'what if the worst happened?'
Tuned to a Dead Channel covers a lot of ground with widely varied interpretations of the possible dystopian future. There's some overlap between a few of the scenarios, but overall I got the impression that this collection had been carefully compiled and structured, so that each tale complimented its companions - rather than some anthologies where different writers can clash or compete, or lazy editing leads to unrewarding repetition. None of that in here!

Some of the stories are set in alternate timelines where human development has taken a weird turn. Others are in the technologically advanced, far-flung future - or in the day after tomorrow, when the planet dies choking under man-made pollution. Or where society has regressed to its feudal roots, with massive polarisation between the masters and servants.
One of my favourites takes place in Omni-Mart, where the staff are literally 'company men' through and through, who never leave the superstore and devote a lifetime of servitude to their corporate master. I also thoroughly enjoyed the (only) zombie tale which looks at the reanimated dead in an entirely different light - through the opportunistic lens of the all-powerful spin doctor. Snappy dialogue and some nastily accurate satirical swipes in that one.
Some of the themes aren't exactly new - like 'forcible retirement' at a certain age, or people depending so entirely upon technology that they become adult infants, cossetted into incapability. But although all of the stories share a gloomy outlook for the future of humanity, this collection is far from being depressing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping excursions into adjacent realities 21 Oct 2013
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A collection of tales giving first-person insight into a variety of dystopian possible worlds. Some are disturbingly plausible; some are remote, but their impact remains chillingly immediate. Stylistically, perhaps not as varied as I'd have liked (being largely more Lovecraft then Bradbury) but there are some memorable characters and situations within these brief episodes, particularly evident in the contributions of Stephen McQuiggan, Charlotte Comley and Teresa Bassett.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Science Fiction With a Dystopian Twist 28 Sep 2013
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Tuned to a Dead Channel: A Collection of Dystopian Short Fiction includes 14 original works by various writers. If you enjoy science fiction with a dystopian twist, you should check out this collection. Although I enjoyed all of the stories, a few of them stood out.

For example, Atlas Falls by Oliver Langmead is beautifully written. "We trembled in the golden sky between rich and glorious unending horizons..." (p.1). This story tells the tale of Arthur, a man searching for his lost love in a post-apocalyptic world. When a crew member asks Arthur if he thinks that she's still alive, Arthur replies, "Were she to, God forbid, perish, then I would surely know it, would I not? I would know it as well as I know that the sky we are watching is golden and beautiful." (p.7-8)

The Explosive Class Struggle of Terra Vista by Jamie Burnette - Imagine a world where immigrants are essentially controlled by a green explosive device wired to the back of their skull. This story makes you wonder- is life worth living without freedom? "We are property with no value, we are tools that have to maintain ourselves, and must be kept away by our owners because we disgust them." (p.51)

20 Gestures by Stephen McQuiggan - It's April 23rd, Gesture Day, the one day of the year that smokers are actually allowed to smoke and the main character is stuck at his late friend's funeral. "Death to me was just another form of boredom, indistinguishable from life, but now I wanted to live, even if it was behind the wheel of this corrupted body. I needed to live." (p. 98)

The Price of My Services by Dylan Otto Krider- A greedy PR professional joins forces with a Petrochemical Company who's fuel additives created zombies that could be used as an alternative energy source. "Tell me any three things about you, and I can convince you of anything, absolutely anything- even if it's that the zombie apocalypse will save the planet." (107)
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