New Release – Earth 2100: 18 Captivating Visions of a Sci-Fi Future

EARTH 2100 Book Cover EARTH 2100
J Scott Coatsworth Multi Author Anthology
Science Fiction, Science Fiction Anthologies, Ages 14-18
April 28, 2024

18 Authors Participated in this anthology.........Let's see what they had to say:

Earth on the Cusp of the Twenty-Second Century

Just think how the world has changed in the last seventy-six years. In 1948, scientists ran the first computer program, and "the Ultimate Car of the Future," the futuristic, three wheeled Davis Divan, debuted. Since then, a succession of inventions—the personal computer, the internet, the World Wide Web, smart phones and social media—have transformed every aspect of our lives.

How might the next seventy-six years change us, in ways we can barely even begin to imagine, as culture, climate change, politics and technology continue to reshape the world? Earth in 2100 will be as unrecognizable to us as today would be to someone from 1948.

Eighteen writers tackled this challenge, serving up an amazing array of sci-fi possibilities. From emotional AI's to photosynthetic children, from virtual worlds to a post-urban society, our writers serve up compelling slices of life from an Earth that's just around the corner.

So dive in and and take a wild ride into these amazing visions of our collective future.

REVIEW BY Ulysses Dietz
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

Earth 2100 is another powerful gathering of focused sci-fi stories by eighteen gifted writers who come at the topic from a range of viewpoints. There is no way to simply review such a variety, other than to say that every story captured my emotions and my imagination. The editorial input from OWI was clearly instrumental in corralling such a diverse group of stories into a coherent, high-quality thematic whole.Obviously, any reader will have his/her favorites. I’ll make a note when I come to one of those.

The intention behind this anthology was to present optimistic visions of the world at the turn of the next century; but I have to note that most of these visions are, if you think about it, pretty bleak. Clearly, for authors who embrace the issues of climate change and humanity’s role in that problem, there are not a great many rosy scenarios.

Tin Lizzy, by Gail Brown – Celina, a woman disabled in a hiking accident, embraces technology to give her back her active life.

The Children of the Field, by E.E. King and Richard Lau –A woman writes to her daughter Emily about her grandmother, also Emily, and her life-partner Shari. She relates the story of how these amazing women saved the world with their scientific creativity, using nature to heal nature. Ultimately, it is about sacrificing the self for the good of everyone.

Arcade Juju, by Isaiah Hunt – This sly, future-non-specific story focuses on a group of young people of color trying to honor their beloved aunt Rhianna with a high-tech digital experience at the Arcade Juju in Cleveland. In this future, technology offers escape and immersion, helping people forget the present.

Loneliness Calling to Loneliness, by Morgan Melhuish – A touching, lyrical fantasy about a lonely pollinator drone connecting to an equally lonely young human, both of them returning to the surface of a rejuvenated earth after longterm isolation underground.

Heads or Tails, by Joseph Sidari – A would-be reporter at The New York Post interviews the pilot of a Ground Level Ozone Transporter (i.e. air scrubber) after she experiences an encounter with an alien. A wry message about letting your career goals distract you from the true importance of a story.

Exo, by K.B. Willson – A poignant story about two women friends, both pregnant, one of whom has elected to leave the earth for life off-planet, while the other is planning on toughing it out on the surface.

If-World, by Mike Jack Stoumbos – Malcolm prepares himself to follow most of the world’s population into a virtual-life stasis that offers escape from reality.

Thirty-Five Hours, by Nathan Bowen – Martin has been caught logging overtime in the virtual world, and is required to attend a “virtual reality awareness” course. I found this simple little tale a rather touching reminder of the importance of human interaction.

Burden on the Earth, by Jennifer R. Povey – A somewhat dark musing on a world divided by habitat: those who have elected to move into highly-controlled “arcologies,” and hide from the ongoing problems of life on earth; versus the adaptors, who continue to live on the ground and make discoveries that, in the end, might just transform the planet back into something worth living in.

The Grandmother Tree, by Eve Morton – Both poetic and bleak, this is the story of a post-apocalyptic nomadic tribe, who discover a lone tree growing on a plain, and with it find hope for the future.

The Parable of the Talents, by Tim Newton Anderson – A darkly humorous future story in which human problems on earth have been solved, and humans simply need to do whatever it is they’ve got the skillset to do. Eamonn discovers, to his dismay, that he has no talents of any kind. What is he supposed to do?

The Kindness of Jaguars, by Monica Joyce Evans A strange, amusing, and thoughtful fable set in an apparently re-grown world. Silar, the CEO of a firm that specializes in lab-grown meat that has eliminated all animal killing, is challenged by an angry teenager over the lives of a few dozen geese.

Sing the Chorus, by Elizabeth Broadbent – Cygnet looks like an ordinary young man, living alone on the beach. He meets a troubled young woman named Ever. He has never had a friend, and she has never met the AI android who, quite literally, has been programmed to save the world. I loved this one, although I yearned for a same-sex scenario. I could fall for Cygnet.

Crush Depth, by Blake Jessop – Merriweather is a bathyscaphe pilot, searching the depths of an underwater earth in an ongoing effort to find ways to salvage what’s left of the atmosphere. She takes on another oceanographer, Sato, and together they look for places to scatter iron seeds. It’s an endearing story, darkened by the vision of an earth in which the ruined towers of Manhattan are far below the surface of the ocean.

Synthetic Divide, by Joseph Welch – The title is the name of a support group designed for people who have opted to abandon their human bodies for android bodies. Have they traded humanity for eternity? Sweet and a little eerie.

Testing Day, by D.M. Rasch – Short and sweet, I loved this story, which tracks two young people as they enter a testing facility to determine where they will go next in their lives. Their connection is strong, and the question is whether bureaucracy will realize that.

The Last Human Heart, by J. Scott Coatsworth – This is the bleakest of these stories, and yet, oddly, the most emotionally profound. A largely bionic young man, whose only human part is his failing heart, desperately seeks a replacement in the blasted landscape of a ruined planet. He reminisces about his life as a young gay man before everything changed. This one made me a little weepy.

From the Dunes to the Stars, by Christopher R. Muscato – This was the most optimistic story, and touches on cultural realities that go far beyond those of typical sci-fi stories. Taderfit, a young Imazighen woman (people formerly known as Berger) whose family runs a prosperous trade route based in North Africa. They live in a space-station far above the earth. The Tamazight speaking people have adapted to the modern world, but have kept their culture alive. Taderfit, however, has her own ambitions.

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