Edited by Dylan Todd
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2299 is an anthology edited by Dylan Todd with the only unifying theme being that all eleven stories take place in the far-off year of 2299. That’s it. It doesn’t even have to be the same conception of what the year would be like. Although, there are a few elements that appear in multiple stories by different creative teams that can be attributed to parallel thinking but each one has a distinct original take.
Not to shock anyone but suicide is a surprisingly common element in several of these stories. It makes sense, playing on feelings of increasing isolation as technology makes the world that much larger. When technology was less pervasive – less about connecting people, ironically enough – people were expected to find community within their neighborhoods. Stories like Kyle Starks’ “Fantastic Life” use this to make a strong humanist statement about perseverance in the face of loneliness. “To Hell with Tomorrow” by Josh Krach and Matt Diggs suggests a future in which implements for suicide have become a specialty market that leads to a very clever dénouement.
Other stories are just interested in being funny and clever which is a noble endeavor in its own right. Maxes both Bachhuber and Huffman’s “Gucci Mane 2299” is a hilarious comic that proposes a future in which the titular rapper’s legacy has a surprising longevity and importance. The absurdist elements are made easier to swallow thanks to the sci-fi setting which allows for alien/robot fighting rings or talking swords to exist beside fairly straightforward stories about entertainment or survival.
There are a lot fantastic stories in here with no two being alike in spite of similar themes running between them. In fact, it might do readers well to give themselves time in-between stories and to maybe skip around.
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