EVERYTHING EXISTS and when a curious unicorn wanders into a Fourth of July celebration, life as we know it changes overnight. Pushed out of their homes by suburban sprawl and deforestation, creatures once thought to be fantasy must take their place as American citizens. Fearing for their livelihoods and security, the nation's human population assign their new neighbors to the harshest and least desirable jobs possible while they reap the benefits of their labor. As one reporter interviews the people who lived through the early years, we learn the story of the creatures that changed the world. A sasquatch turned lumberjack falls for a mermaid fleeing the US military. A detective chases a dark rumor. A vampire lawyer just wants to sing. But they're all connected by the magic of the unicorn who started it all. They live on a diet of Honeysuckle & Irony, creating a world of sweetness and happenstance wherever they go, and if the politicians don't ruin it first, this world will never be the same.
This is Subtopia. A place between worlds. UTOPIA is the end goal. But between here and there, the distance we have to travel, there is Subtopia, a time and place just beneath our highest potential. This isn’t the worst possible world, nor is it the best. DYSTOPIA is what we are fighting against. Through storytelling, futurist predictions, challenging proposals, and classic paranoia, we envision the worst of all possible worlds so we might know how to prevent it. The stories in this collection take on the best and the worst of us, and the territory in between.
The Year is 2113. Civilization has been split between reason and the animal men of the Dry. A techno-plague, developed from a mutated genetic modification fad, went viral, using the WIFI, cell phones, and even radio waves to spread and turn human beings into hybrid beasts. The survivors live to collect relics of information from the past and rebuild for the future. In the wastes, there is no room for ideology, there is only the science of the rebuilders and the primal worship of the Apocalypse -- the Last God. The Subtopian magazine presents an experiment in collaborative writing. With little to go on and almost no prompt, twenty-five authors teamed up anonymously to offer their concepts of future history and how society fell. As themes began to show through, a story took shape entirely on its own and it became this book. This is not an anthology or a collection, it is a novel with more than two dozen authors, a cohesive narrative about the people, places, and strife that led to the fall of the world as we know it. This is 2113, An Oral History of the Last God. The story of our Apocalypse.
subtopia [sʌbˈtəʊpɪə] n (Social Science / Human Geography) Britsuburban development that encroaches on rural areas yet appears to offer the attractions of country life to suburban dwellers [blend of suburb + Utopia] subtopian adj Like so many words in the English language, "subtopia" is subject to change. When founder Trevor D. Richardson started The Subtopian, he took it to mean a world between possibilities. It isn't perfect, not yet, but it's not quite Armageddon either. This is Subtopia and we are still waiting to see which way this pendulum swings. The Subtopian is proud to present its first collection of stories. This anthology of the best stories published so far represents the authors and the ideals that have come to form the foundation of The Subtopian Magazine. Dealing with the issues of our impending future, these stories darkly and humorously express a view of society in between two extremes. We are not Utopia or Dystopia -- yet. We are Subtopian.