In this powerful collection of stories, D.L. Young infuses edgy, dystopian science fiction with thought-provoking social commentary.
Eleven gripping tales, including new works exclusive to this collection, explore the near-future impacts of advanced robotics, artificial intelligence, automated warfare, and genetic engineering. The award-winning story The Reader, Training the Fundies, and the title work Juarez Square envision an anarchic, cutthroat existence along the US-Mexico border. In Ximena, a defiantly unconventional woman opens a robot brothel in Madrid. The Gianni Box tells the tale of a stolen artificial intelligence that becomes the hottest designer in the fashion world. The Jacob Seeds takes place on a man-made floating island nation, where a scientist’s revolutionary breakthrough in genetically-modified food becomes the prize of a high-stakes, winner-take-all political battle.
This book marks the emergence of a compelling new voice in speculative fiction.
“These eleven works are darkly intense, vivid portraits of the future. Young manages to transform contemporary concerns with technology into entertaining, masterfully written stories.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“D.L. Young’s fiction is dystopia at its finest. His dark visions of the future slyly reveal themselves to be reflections of the present, disguised by his masterful use of science fiction staples.” – Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of The Mad Scientist’s Daughter
“The writing is crisp and engaging…and from the first paragraph, the reader is drawn into these stories, each having a dystopic edge.” – Albedo One Magazine