Short stories have been the lifeblood of science fiction since the days of HG Wells, and publishers such as Solaris are helping maintain the tradition. Drowned Worlds is the 10th collection edited by Jonathan Strahan for the imprint, showcasing a mix of authors from established luminaries to bright new sparks.
Taking its cue — as well as its title — from JG Ballard’s 1962 debut novel The Drowned World, the book offers 15 memorable, distinctive visions of Earth after climate change has exerted its grip. Sea levels have risen, and deserts have spread. People live aboard rafts, amid ruins, on other planets. The Anthropocene era has done its apocalyptic worst. There is nevertheless, a thin silvery thread of hope — humankind, through its adaptability and ingenuity, endures.
Drowned Worlds, edited by Jonathan Strahan, Solaris, RRP£12.99, 400 pages
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