Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest
By Bryan Hurt (Editor), T Coraghessan Boyle (Contribution by), Aimee Bender (Contribution by), Jim Shepard (Contribution by), Cory Doctorow (Contribution by)
In Doctorow s eerily plausible "Scroogled," the US has outsourced border control to Google, on the basis that they Do Search Right. In Lincoln Michel s Our New Neighborhood, a planned suburban community s Neighborhood Watch program becomes an obsessive nightmare. Jim Shepard s haunting Safety Tips for Living Alone imagines the lives of the men involved in the US government s fatal attempt to build the three Texas Tower radar facilities in the Atlantic Ocean during the Cold War. Randa Jarrar s Testimony of Malik, Israeli agent #287690 is a sweet and deftly handled story of xenophobia and paranoia, reminding us that such things aren t limited to the West ("Sabotage Reviews") and Alissa Nutting s The Transparency Project is a creative, speculative exploration of the future of long-term medical observation.
By turns political, apolitical, cautionary, and surreal, these stories reflect on what it s like to live in the surveillance state."
A brave and necessary set of early flares of the literary imagination into the Panopticon we all find ourselves living inside these days. Jonathan Lethem
While I was reading "Watchlist" on my computer screen, a multilingual secret agent somewhere in Pyongyang, Beijing, or Moscow was reading over my shoulder, my computer screen on her computer screen, and under a mountain in Colorado, an NSA analyst was reading over her shoulder, my computer screen on her computer screen on his computer screen. What I'm trying to say is: you should read "Watchlist," but you should read it on paper. Kyle Minor
A boldly imaginative, diverse collection of 32 surveillance-themed stories from an international coterie of writers. The varied cross-section of material is stylishly captured by each writer s distinct voice and perspective. "Publishers Weekly "
In this diverse and daring fiction collection, writers of all stripes deal with the act of watching and being watched, subverting and challenging surveillance s obvious connotations and raising questions about our intricate dance with privacy and transparency. "Shelf Awareness"
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