Speculative Los Angeles by others audiobook

Speculative Los Angeles

By Aimee Bender , Alex Espinoza , Ben H. Winters , and others
Edited by Denise Hamilton
Read by Stefan Rudnicki , Justine Eyre , Paul Boehmer , and others

Blackstone Publishing 9781617758645

Unabridged

Format : CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781094179926

  • ISBN: 9781094179919

  • ISBN: 9781094179933

Runtime: 9.24 Hours
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week

The debut title of a new city-based anthology series featuring stories with speculative, sci-fi, and paranormal themes

As an incubator of the future, Los Angeles has long mesmerized writers from Philip K. Dick to Aldous Huxley. With its natural disasters, Hollywood artifice, staggering wealth and poverty, urban sprawl, and diversity, one can argue that Los Angeles is already so weird, surreal, irrational, and mythic that any fiction emerging from this place should be considered speculative.

So, bestselling author Denise Hamilton commissioned some stories and did exactly that. In Speculative Los Angeles, fourteen of the city’s most prophetic voices reimagine the city in very different ways. In this audiobook, you’ll encounter twenty-first-century changelings, dirigibles plying the suburban skies, black holes and jacaranda men lurking in deep suburbia, beachfront property in Century City, walled-off canyons and coastlines reserved for the wealthy, psychic death cults, robot nursemaids, and an alternate LA where Spanish land grants never gave way to urbanization.

As with our city-based Akashic Noir Series, each story in Speculative Los Angeles is set in a distinct neighborhood filled with local color, landmarks, and flavor. Since the best speculative fiction provides a wormhole into other worlds while also commenting on our own, that is exactly what you’ll find here.

Featuring brand-new stories by: Aimee Bender, Lisa Morton, Alex Espinoza, Ben H. Winters, Denise Hamilton, Lynell George, Stephen Blackmoore, Francesca Lia Block, Charles Yu, Duane Swierczynski, Luis J. Rodriguez, A. G. Lombardo, Kathleen Kaufman, and S. Qiouyi Lu



Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A thrill ride of grand ideas and warnings…A collection that wows the imagination like no other.” Michael Connelly, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“Tales that are both wildly imaginative and emotionally grounded.” Los Angeles Times
“Shows the breadth of worlds that can be created inside Los Angeles.” Los Angeles Daily News
“Outstanding…Each story presents a fresh take on the magic and strangeness of LA past, present, and future…Readers should snap this up.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Award-winning narrator Gabrielle de Cuir’s use of a robot voice in ‘Walk of Fame’ by Duane Swierczynski. She sounds like a machine—but so very human at the same time. Hard to do…Fresh and gritty.” AudioFile
“An excellent collection of what-ifs that will pique readers’ imaginations.” Booklist
“The stories here move among all of Los Angeles’ gritty and bright corners.” Kirkus Reviews
“Speculative stories set in neighborhoods around Los Angeles…a particularly appropriate and broadly appealing place to begin the series, given its outsized role in the American imagination.” Shelf Awareness
“Many [stories] have a distinctly gritty and postapocalyptic flavor that takes advantage of a uniquely LA vibe.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Alex Espinoza

Author Bio: Alex Espinoza

Alex Espinoza was born in Tijuana, Mexico, the youngest of eleven children, and later migrated to Southern California with his family and grew up in La Puente, a suburb of Los Angeles. He earned a BA with honors from the University of California at Riverside and an MFA from the University of California at Irvine, where he was editor of the university’s literary magazine.

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Author Bio: Ben H. Winters

Author Bio: Ben H. Winters

Ben H. Winters is an Edgar Award winner and a New York Times bestselling author. His novel Bedbugs was hailed by Vanity Fair as a “diabolical tale of paranoia.” He lives in Indianapolis.

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Author Bio: Aimee Bender

Author Bio: Aimee Bender

Aimee Bender is the author of several novels and story collections. The Butterfly Lampshade was longlisted for the PEN/Jean Stein Award in 2020. Her works have been widely anthologized and have been translated into sixteen languages.

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Author Bio: Lisa Morton

Author Bio: Lisa Morton

Lisa Morton is a screenwriter, author of nonfiction books, Bram Stoker Award–winning prose writer, editor, and Halloween expert whose work was described by the American Library Association’s Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror as “consistently dark, unsettling, and frightening.” As a Halloween expert, she has appeared on the History Channel and BBC Radio and in the pages of Real Simple magazine and the Wall Street Journal, and she served as consultant on the first official US Postal Halloween stamps. Her most recent releases include Ghosts: A Haunted History and Cemetery Dance Select: Lisa Morton. She lives in the San Fernando Valley, and can be found online at www.LisaMorton.com.

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Details

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Science Fiction
Runtime: 9.24
Audience: Adult
Language: English