THE FUTURE CHRONICLES – SPECIAL EDITION
Created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, and edited by some of the most-respected editors in the genre, each volume brings together work from visionary new voices and from the grandmasters of modern science fiction and fantasy.
This Future Chronicles Special Edition volume is a compendium of stories selected from the Chronicles’ standalone titles, and includes five new stories, never before published, from some of today’s best writers in speculative fiction.
THE AI CHRONICLES
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence. Even today, machines that mimic human thinking surround us. As the intellectual feats of computing machines grow more and more astounding, will there be a day when their apparent intelligence approaches, or even surpasses, that of human beings? And what if these machines then become conscious, self-aware?
THE DRAGON CHRONICLES
Dragons. They are more than a memory from an age of wizards and heroes. These winged, fire-breathing beasts soar through the traditions of many lands, and through our dreams. In their many guises – Western or Eastern, reptile or lizard or serpent, wyvern, hydra, basilisk – dragons embody everything that we humans call magic.
THE Z CHRONICLES
Z. Among the most monstrous creations of our imaginations, the zombie terrifies, with its capacity to pursue its prey, to run it down, exhaust it to surrender, unrelentingly.
In this title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies, fourteen authors confront the nightmare, that horrific mirror of ourselves that pursues us with untiring hunger.
ALT. HISTORY 101
The future is history… From Samuel Peralta, creator of the bestselling Future Chronicles anthology series, comes a new speculative anthology series that turns the world you know upside down.
In Alt.History 101, thirteen top speculative fiction authors re-imagine the world – as one where the inventor of the smallpox vaccine died before he'd created it, as one where the women's suffragist movement failed to win the right to vote, as one where the death penalty exists but where all forms of capital punishment are ruled inhumane – and ten other compelling stories charting the histories of these worlds.
Enter worlds so much like our own, yet so different – where everything you know… is history.
THE IMMORTALITY CHRONICLES
What if you could live forever? Defy death itself? Even now, scientific advances in regenerative medicine, life extension, cryonics, cybernetics, and in other areas have brought humans to the brink of solving life's final conundrum.
In this volume of the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles’ anthology series, twelve authors imagine that uninterrupted journey, confronting not just how, but what it means when human life can continue indefinitely, invulnerable, immortal.
THE TIME TRAVEL CHRONICLES
Time travel. Humanity has long imagined what it would be like to be able to create a time machine, what we might see if we could travel into the future, or be transported to the distant past. And what if it were possible to travel into our own, more recent past? Would we be able to change our present, or are we prisoners of predestination? Is fate what we make of it?
THE GALAXY CHRONICLES
Space. Some call it the ultimate frontier. Humans are the verge of breaking its bonds with Earth and reaching other planets, other worlds, other galaxies. And when we do, will we go forth in peace? Or take with us our conflicts, our battles, our wars?
In this latest title in the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles' series of speculative fiction anthologies, twelve authors take us on that incredible journey with adventurers, colonists, and space marines as they push the boundaries against the unknown, against alien empires, and themselves.
THE CYBORG CHRONICLES
Cyborgs. Part-robot. Part-human. Even now, with our pacemakers, our holographic eyewear, our cybernetic limbs, it is difficult to deny that we are approaching an age when the line between humankind and machine is beginning to blur.
In the age of the ‘post-human' being, in a world when your humanity can be measured by the number of electro-mechanical components that have replaced your biological limbs, what will be the measure of a man?
In ‘The Cyborg Chronicles', twelve of today's top speculative fiction writers explore the approaching collision of humanity and technology.
ALT. HISTORY 102
Alt.History repeats itself… From the creator of the #1 bestselling Future Chronicles anthology series comes a collection that turns the world you know upside down.
In Alt.History 102, twelve top speculative fiction authors re-imagine the world – as one where a beautiful actress becomes a spy for the Allied forces, as one where the Internet is tightly held only by an elite few, as one where the Native American population is resistant to European diseases – and nine other compelling stories charting the histories of our world.
Enter worlds so much like our own, yet so different – where everything you know… is history.
THE DOOMSDAY CHRONICLES
Doomsday. The end of the world as we know it. Some say it will end in fire, some say in ice. Some say it will end with a bang, some with a whimper.
In this title in the acclaimed Future Chronicles series of speculative fiction anthologies created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, fifteen authors confront the Apocalypse, the end of days, the undiscovered country from which no traveler returns.
The Doomsday Chronicles features stories by Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy award-winning and bestselling authors Ken Liu (the Dandelion Dynasty series), Seanan McGuire (the InCryptid series), plus thirteen more of today's top authors in speculative and science fiction.
CHRONICLE WORLDS: FEYLAND
From Samuel Peralta, creator of the bestselling Future Chronicles speculative fiction anthology series, comes a line of anthologies charting new territories within a shared universe, within already-existing worlds.
In Chronicle Worlds: Feyland, twelve leading speculative fiction authors present standalone stories set in the imaginative world created by USA Today bestselling author Anthea Sharp, where the gateway to the very real realm of faerie is an immersive, virtual reality computer game, Feyland.
Discover Feyland. Discover Chronicle Worlds.
THE SHAPESHIFTER CHRONICLES
Shapeshifters. Beings with the ability to change their physical form or manifestation. From legendary humans who transform under the light of a full moon, to the horrific mimicry of ‘The Thing', to the mimetic metal of a T-1000 Terminator, such embody the mystery of the unknown.
In this volume of the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles’ anthology series, eleven authors weave stories around such entities – both fantastical and technological – exploring our fascination with the shapeshifter.
CHRONICLE WORLDS: PARADISI
From Samuel Peralta, creator of the bestselling ‘Future Chronicles' speculative fiction anthology series, comes a line of anthologies charting new territories within a shared universe, within already-existing worlds.
In the last decades of the twenty-first century, ten families seeking to escape a devastated Earth focus on constructing spaceships to colonize the world they call New Eden, in the Paradisi System. But the world they claim for their own is already inhabited, and the Ddaerans, although human in appearance, possess abilities that the Founders and their descendants do not…
In this latest title in the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles' series of speculative fiction anthologies, twelve authors take us on that incredible journey with adventurers, scientists and colonists, as they push the boundaries against the unknown, against alien civilization, and themselves.
THE JURASSIC CHRONICLES
Journey back to the most incredible adventure of all, back through the gates of the Jurassic era, back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
In this title in the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles' series of speculative fiction anthologies created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, thirteen authors assemble an array of astonishing tales around creatures extinct for eons, around prehistoric creatures suddenly, and awesomely, made real.
‘The Jurassic Chronicles' features stories by Victor Milán, author of ‘Dinosaur Lords' – “a cross between ‘Jurassic Park' and ‘Game of Thrones',” according to George R. R. Martin; John W. Campbell Award winning author Seanan McGuire; New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Laxmi Hariharan; plus ten more of today's top authors in speculative and science fiction.
CHRONICLE WORLDS: B-MOVIE
Mummies and giant robots. Werewolves and killer koalas. Plague creatures and demonic clowns…. They're coming! They're hungry! And they're not human-intolerant!
In this title in the acclaimed ‘Future Chronicles' series of speculative fiction anthologies created by award-winning author Samuel Peralta, the destination is the B-Movie—the realm of the outlandish and the macabre, the strange and the unexpected.
Enter the forbidden valley with some of the most imaginative authors writing today. They've twisted their craft to tackle the most irreverent and unlikely stories they can muster under the influence of alcohol and various over-the-counter hallucinogens… No apologies, no prisoners, just a 100% pure off-Hollywood thrill-ride.
LEGACY FLEET: ALT. CHRONICLES
These are the untold stories from the Legacy Fleet universe – a universe of conflict , of alien invasion, and of human resistance and courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
Spanning a time between the First Swarm War – and humanity's first devastating encounter with the alien race – and the events of the Legacy Fleet trilogy, these fourteen stories chart the human drama behind an epic 75-year vista of Earth's expansion in space, and the dawn of the Second Swarm War.
THE ROBOT CHRONICLES
Robots. Androids. Artificial Intelligence. Scientists predict that the “singularity” — the moment when mankind designs the first greater-than-human intelligence — is nearly within our grasp. Believe it or not, truly sentient machines may be a reality within as little as 20 years.
Will these “post-human” intelligences be our friends? Our servants? Our rivals? What will we learn from them? What will they learn from us? Will we allow them to lead their own lives? Will they have basic human rights? Will we?
Science and society will be forced to address these questions sooner than you think. But science fiction is addressing these questions today. In The Robot Chronicles, thirteen of today's top sci-fi writers explore the approaching collision of humanity and technology.
THE TELEPATH CHRONICLES
Telepathy. Just a far-fetched bit of science fiction “hocus pocus.” But is it? With today’s giant leaps forward in technology and biotechnology, with people constantly surrounded by sophisticated yet invisible communication networks, and with a rapidly increasing understanding of the brain’s inner workings . . . is it so hard to imagine that we might be able to develop direct mind-to-mind communication?
Or might it not be the case that evolution alone, in the right circumstances—if not on this planet, then on others—could give rise to creatures with telepathic abilities?
This collection of fourteen stories explores the ramifications of a future where telepathy is real. From that first glorious moment of discovery, to the subsequent jealousies and class divisions, to the dangers of weaponization and the blessings of medical miracles, The Telepath Chronicles promises to take you inside the creative minds of some of today’s top science fiction authors.
THE ALIEN CHRONICLES
Intelligent life on other planets: it's the brass ring of space exploration. Do extra-terrestrial species exist? Will we ever make contact? Perhaps, have we made contact already?
In the latest addition to the Future Chronicles series of sci-fi anthologies, the answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes. From first contact to last stand, these original short stories range from quiet tales of personal connection to adrenaline-infused inter-species space conflicts. Each tale promises to present you with a different look at what intelligent alien life might be like — and how we Earthlings might respond to it.