- No Police = Know Future: Stories of Alternative Futures of Alternative Justice
- File size : 2020 KB
- Publication date : December 9, 2020
- Print length : 165 pages
- ASIN : B08QCNC5VJ
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Paperback : 173 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8579651655
- Item Weight : 7.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.39 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Independently published (December 10, 2020)
Amazing Selects has just dropped its latest, and boy is it SCIENCE FICTION in the truest sense – stories that examine possible futures of policing!
We here at Amazing Stories believe that this genre is about modelling the future and using those models to explore what we would like to see happen – or want to avoid – in our future. We think that a lot of good science fiction has resulted from a deliberate engagement with the genre through the thought experiment method of approaching things. When the concept of defunding the police (a concept we believe really means re-examining and reforming the concept of policing), arose during this year’s protests, we saw a perfect opportunity to put those beliefs into practice.
James Beamon, our editor, put it this way in his solicitation:
“After the brutal murder of George Floyd by the police, the world responded in righteous protest, with cries of “Black Lives Matter.” The police responded to these calls in large part with even more brutality, with video after video emerging that showed an assault on the public. And more cries came forth, with calls to defund the police.
But what’s that mean?
Science Fiction writers, this is your call to arms. Give us your potential (and hopefully positive) futures that involve alternatives to modern day policing. We want stories that replace the police entirely, dramatically reform them, or create parallel systems to refocus policing. We’re also seeking alternate concepts of rehabilitation and punishment as well, more emphasis on the carrot. In a world where police are perpetually brandishing their batons, I think we’ve all seen enough sticks.”
The stories collected in this volume –
Ryan Priest – Pro Bono Detectives
Lettie Prell – Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities
Jared Oliver Adams – All the Mister Rogerses From Bethel A.M.E.
P.T. MacKim – Well Regulated
Minister Faust – Freeze Police
Stewart C. Baker – Maricourt’s Waters Quiet and Deep
Ira Naymen – When the Call Comes In
Holly Schofield – One Bad Apple
Brontë Christopher Wieland – Apogee, Effigy, Storm
Jewelle Gomez – A More Perfect Union
Anatoly Belilovsky – Tax Day
A unique showcase for our authors’ creativity and problem-solving capabilities, offering much food for thought. It will get you to think, to engage, to understand that this genre is a tool for exploring, examining and, hopefully, helping us to discover the kind of futures we desire.
Editor James Beamon is a science fiction and fantasy author whose short stories have appeared in places such as Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine, Apex, Lightspeed and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. He spent twelve years in the Air Force, deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, and is in possession of the perfect buffalo wings recipe that he learned from carnies. He lives in Virginia with his wife, son and attack cat. Currently he’s cutting back on the addictive habit of penning short stories to focus on writing books. Pendulum Heroes is his debut novel.