Title: Everything Belongs to the Future (excerpt)
Author: Laurie Penny
Publication Date: June 10, 2016
Synopsis: 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 have we become? The same as we always were, but keener.
In 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 scientist who invented the longevity treatment in the first place.
"The scariest, most enduring dystopias walk a fine line between parable and prediction. Penny erases that line. In this made-up story, the rich speciate from the poor; in our real world, working class lifespans are declining as the one percent live ever longer lives at ever-greater removes from the rest of us. This is no mere literary device. This is a pitiless allegory, calculated to enrage and terrify its readers." – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
"It also explores the subtler and much more disturbing implications – that in the long term, and grander scheme of things, it wouldn’t just be a certain type of person who would die after living a natural and by comparison short life, but an entire section of society. With them would die philosophy, politics and art, if unapproved of by the privileged upper classes, in a sort of slow and insidious social cleansing. This is how the world ends; not with a bang, but drained dry of its diversity of thought... Original and unflinching in its realistic portrayal of a utopia gone wrong, Everything Belongs to the Future is science fiction at its thought provoking finest." – Michaela Gray, Geek Syndicate
"Everything Belongs To The Future is richly political and frighteningly dark, but there's also a certain honesty to it's 'what if' nature that I appreciate. It's better to have a bitter truth than a comforting lie, in my opinion, and this title certainly hits on several unsavory truths about mankind, ambition, and greed." – Michael Hicks, GoodReads