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Everything Belongs to the Future Read ☆ 109 ë Time is a weapon wielded by the rich who have excess of it against the rest who must trade every breath of it against the promise of another day's food and shelter What kind of world have we made where human beings can live centuries if only they can afford the fix What kind of creatures haTime is a weapon wielded by the rich who have excess of it against the rest who must trade every breath of it against the promise of another day's food and shelter What kind of world have we made where human beings can live centuries if only they can afford the fix What kind of creatures have we become The same as we a. 45 starsThis is Penny’s first foray into fiction I think I am already a fan of her blogging and political writing This is a dystopian novella set in Oxford in 2098 As one reviewer has aptly put it; it is “a tale of pharmadystopian immortal gerontocrats”The idea is a simple one In the early 21st century a drug is developed that maintains youth It is very expensive so only the rich can afford it It is available with some job packages and the wealthy company owning the rights give it to some writers and artists Society is divided the rich being richer and the poor much poorer The main protagonists are a bunch of activists and anarchists who share a house; Nina Alex Margo Fidget and a few others They attempt to steal the youth giving drug and give it out mixed in free food for the poor and homeless They meet Daisy a disillusioned scientist who helped to develop the drug and who wants to make amends Action is planned but what the reader knows but the activists do not is that Alex is working undercover for the drug company This is an easy read and could be read uite comfortably in one sitting Penny has the ability to create believable characters uickly They all have flaws and are all believable Penny also uses characters who are transgender in a way which feels natural and unforced Penny raises the sort of issues you would expect given her politics; macro issues like climate change scientific ethics class poverty and issues related to gender identity sexuality aging and individual responsibility The prose and the pacing are good At times the plot can appear clunky and disjointed and this highlights the main problem for me; the book needs to be longer much longer There is plenty of content here that would allow a full length novel and with that sort of space the characters could be given space to develop and the plot not rushed A sharp and thought provoking read

Everything Belongs to the FutureTime is a weapon wielded by the rich who have excess of it against the rest who must trade every breath of it against the promise of another day's food and shelter What kind of world have we made where human beings can live centuries if only they can afford the fix What kind of creatures have we become The same as we a. 45 starsThis is Penny’s first foray into fiction I think I am already a fan of her blogging and political writing This is a dystopian novella set in Oxford in 2098 As one reviewer has aptly put it; it is “a tale of pharmadystopian immortal gerontocrats”The idea is a simple one In the early 21st century a drug is developed that maintains youth It is very expensive so only the rich can afford it It is available with some job packages and the wealthy company owning the rights give it to some writers and artists Society is divided the rich being richer and the poor much poorer The main protagonists are a bunch of activists and anarchists who share a house; Nina Alex Margo Fidget and a few others They attempt to steal the youth giving drug and give it out mixed in free food for the poor and homeless They meet Daisy a disillusioned scientist who helped to develop the drug and who wants to make amends Action is planned but what the reader knows but the activists do not is that Alex is working undercover for the drug company This is an easy read and could be read uite comfortably in one sitting Penny has the ability to create believable characters uickly They all have flaws and are all believable Penny also uses characters who are transgender in a way which feels natural and unforced Penny raises the sort of issues you would expect given her politics; macro issues like climate change scientific ethics class poverty and issues related to gender identity sexuality aging and individual responsibility The prose and the pacing are good At times the plot can appear clunky and disjointed and this highlights the main problem for me; the book needs to be longer much longer There is plenty of content here that would allow a full length novel and with that sort of space the characters could be given space to develop and the plot not rushed A sharp and thought provoking read

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Everything Belongs to the Future ç St who invented the longevity treatment in the first place Everything Belongs to the Future is a bloody minded tale of time betrayal desperation and hope that could only have been told by the inimitable Laurie PennyAt the Publisher's reuest this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software DRM applied. Entertaining and thought provoking this novella left me wanting Sooooo much Full disclosure I received a free ebook for review through NetGalley Trigger warning for rape “All I wanted was to make something small and bright and good something that lasted a little while a little while longer than I did All I wanted was to push back against the darkness just a little bit To live in the cracks in capitalism with the people I care about just for a little while But it turns out I can’t even have that And now I just want to burn shit down”It's the turn of the century the 21st to be exact and humanity has finally discovered the fountain of youth It comes in the form of a little blue pill that will cost you 200 a pop on the black market; a little less if you're one of the lucky few who has insurance Most don't as this weaponization of time has only exacerbated class ineuality Only the wealthiest citizens can afford life extension drugs; regular folks deemed important to society scientists artists musicians the occasional writer may receive a sponsorship to continue their work but ultimately they live and age and die at the whim of those powerful than they Show a modicum of concern for the working class and you just might find your sponsorship revokedAlex Nina Margo Fidget and Jasper are a group of artistactivists living in a dilapidated mouse and mold infested flat in the underside of Oxford city They work day jobs where they can find them but their real passion is playing at Robin Hood A few times a week they load up their food truck with cheese sammies or mystery stews made of reclaimed food and distribute free meals to Oxford's neediest citizens At the bottom of each foodstuff is a happy meal surprise a little blue pill most likely stolen One per person so second helpings The group's machinations are kicked up about twenty notches when they meet Professor Daisy Craver dob April 14 2003 a 95 year old woman in a 14 year old girl's body She was one of the pioneers of the fix; now she wants to be its downfall Or rather its eualizer Complicating matters is Alex's duplicity for the past three years he's been working for Daisy's employer TeamThreeHundred as a snitch infiltrating the group and reporting back on their activities Given that he's sleeping with Nina this raises some pretty thorny ethical uestions as explored in AFTER SARKEESIAN A RADICAL FEMINIST CLOUDCAST Penny based this particular plot point on contemporary reports of undercover officers in the UK deliberately engineering relationships with activists to facilitate their work Interviews with the agents spin these stories as tragic doomed romances The women involved describe the experiences as a violation We believe themSo I'm really enjoying Tor's new series of novellas; it gives me a chance to read authors and explore fictional worlds than I could otherwise thanks to the shorter format As with Kij Johnson's The Dream uest of Vellitt Boe Everything Belongs to the Future expertly walks the tightrope that is the novella Penny introduces a world that is rich and complex and vividly imagined giving us a plot that's fully fleshed out and resolved satisfactorily all in just 112 pages And she leaves us wanting So so much This is an idea that could easily support a full length novel or a whole series of them and yet still makes it work in a fraction of spaceThe characters are all wonderfully developed from Nina and Daisy to Margo and Fidget I especially loved the introduction of Milo; he could easily carry a spin off novella on his own someone make this happen please Penny tackles a wealth of issues class race religion the meritocracy sexuality representation gender identity activism gender rape consent climate change biodiversity science and ethics Everything Belongs to the Future exhibits greater diversity than the entire oeuvres of some authors and is all the better real engaging and compassionate for it To summarize I cannot recommend Everything Belongs to the Future highly enough The only real downside is that it makes me super depressed that Penny hasn't written fiction on account of she's so damn good at it Le sighhttpwwweasyveganinfo20161205 Read Û E-book, or Kindle E-pub ´ Laurie Penny

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Laurie Penny ´ 9 characters Lways were but keenerIn the ancient heart of Oxford University the ultra rich celebrate their vastly extended lifespans But a few surprises are in store for them From Nina and Alex Margo and Fidget scruffy anarchists sharing living space with an ever shifting cast of crusty punks and lost kids And also from the scienti. Oh you little novella I very much liked you and your biopunk vibe Prior to reading I knew nothing about the story or its author just that I needed something short to help get my reading groove back A premise inspired by true events is woven into a bleak vision of our future one that is easy to imagine I very much liked the narrative choices and writing style; I could feel the damp and smell the dumpster dive stew Yum