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Table of Contents: WATCHLIST Edited by Bryan Hurt

Here’s the table of contents for the new anthology Watchlist edited by Bryan Hurt, an anthology featuring stories about surveillance culture featuring some familiar names…

First, here’s the book description:

Threats known and unknown.

Etgar Keret. Robert Coover. Aimee Bender. Jim Shepard. Alissa Nutting. Charles Yu. Cory Doctorow. Randa Jarrar. Katherine Karlin. Miracle Jones. Mark Irwin. T. Coraghessan Boyle. Dale Peck. Bonnie Nadzam. Lucy Corin. Chika Unigwe.

Footsteps in the night.

Paul Di Filippo. Lincoln Michel. Dana Johnson. Mark Chiusano. Juan Pablo Villalobos. Chanelle Benz. Sean Bernard. Kelly Luce. Zhang Ran. Miles Klee. Carmen Maria Machado. David Abrams. Steven Hayward. Deji Bryce Olukotun. Alexis Landau. Bryan Hurt.

We are being watched. That this statement no longer shocks is itself shocking. Post-Snowden, we know that the government — everywhere — has been reading our emails, listening to our phone calls, and watching whatever we do on the Internet. The only thing concealed is the nature of our watchers.

In Watchlist, some of today’s most prominent and promising fiction writers from around the globe respond to, reflect on, and mine for inspiration the surveillance culture in which we live. From drone strikes to birds mistaken for spies, paintings that change when they’re not looked at to machines that let their dying users look back and reconsider the most important decisions of their lives, these stories take a broad and imaginative look at the state of surveillance in our global and interconnected world. How does constant surveillance affect us? Does it change how we behave as we seek approval or avoid judgment from an often faceless audience? Do we know who’s watching? What does it mean to be watched?

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

Here’s the table of contents…

  1. “Nighttime of the City” by Robert Coover
  2. “Sleeping Where Jean Seberg Slept” by Katherine Karlin
  3. “Testimony of Malik, Israeli Agent, Prisoner # 287960” by Randa Jarrar
  4. “The Relive Box” by T. Coraghessan Boyle
  5. “Scroogled” by Cory Doctorow
  6. “California” by Sean Bernard
  7. “Adela, primarily known as, The Black Voyage, later reprinted as, The Red Casket of the Heart, by Anon.” by Chanelle Benz
  8. “Ladykiller” by Miracle Jones
  9. “The Transparency Project” by Alissa Nutting
  10. “The Gift” by Mark Irwin
  11. “What He Was Like” by Alexis Landau
  12. “The Entire Predicament” by Lucy Corin
  13. “Coyote” by Charles Yu
  14. “Terro(tour)istas” by Juan Pablo Villalobos
  15. “Safety Tips for Living Alone” by Jim Shepard
  16. “Prof.” by Chika Unigwe
  17. “The Witness and the Passenger Train” by Bonnie Nadzam
  18. “Moonless” by Bryan Hurt
  19. “Our New Neighborhood” by Lincoln Michel
  20. “Buildings Talk” by Dana Johnson
  21. “Lifehack at Bar Kaminuk” by Mark Chiusano
  22. “Making Book” by Dale Peck
  23. “Dinosaurs Went Extinct around the Time of the First Flower” by Kelly Luce
  24. “Ether” by Zhang Ran
  25. “Drone” by Miles Klee
  26. “Transcription of an Eye” by Carmen Maria Machado
  27. “The Taxidermist” by David Abrams
  28. “Second Chance” by Etgar Keret
  29. “Strava” by Steven Hayward
  30. “We Are the Olfanauts” by Deji Bryce Olukotun
  31. “Viewer, Violator” by Aimee Bender
  32. “Thirteen Ways of Being Looked at by a Blackbird SR71” by Paul Di Filippo

Book info:

  • 366 pages
  • Paperback ISBN 978-1-939293-77-0
  • E-book 978-1-939293-78-7
About John DeNardo (13012 Articles)
John DeNardo is the Managing Editor at SF Signal and a columnist at Kirkus Reviews. He also likes bagels. So there.

1 Comment on Table of Contents: WATCHLIST Edited by Bryan Hurt

  1. Richard Grant // January 17, 2015 at 9:14 am //

    This looks good. It feels like a while since an anthology editor has set out to include stories both from writers who have been published in the SF and literary categories. I hope Bryan Hurt is already considering the next one. I also hope that editors John Kessel and James Patrick Kelly, who also have done this, have more in the works.

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