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We burn them to ashes and then burn the ashes.

In Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, that’s the motto of the Firemen who hunted down and burned books wherever they found them. Bradbury warned of a world where our literary history is taken from us. In Burn the Ashes, some of the best science-fiction authors working today continue to explore the dystopic worlds they introduced in Ignorance Is Strength.

Edited by John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, and Christie Yant, the Dystopia Triptych is a series of three anthologies of dystopian fiction. Ignorance Is Strength - before the dystopia - focuses on society during its descent into absurdity and madness. Burn the Ashes - during the dystopia - turns its attention to life during the strangest, most dire times. Or Else the Light - after the dystopia - concludes the saga with each author sharing their own vision of how we as a society might crawl back from the precipice of despair.

Burn the Ashes features all-new, never-before-published works by the following authors, in order of appearance: Carrie Vaughn, Tim Pratt, Rich Larson, Cadwell Turnbull, Karin Lowachee, Adam-Troy Castro, Caroline M. Yoachim, Hugh Howey, An Owomoyela, Seanan McGuire, Dominica Phetteplace, Alex Irvine, Tobias S. Buckell, Scott Sigler, Darcie Little Badger, Violet Allen, and Merc Fenn Wolfmoor. 

©2020 by John Joseph Adams, Hugh Howey, and Christie Yant (P)2020 by Blackstone Publishing and Skyboat Media, Inc.

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Highly political yet only in one direction.

This collection of stories and basically all liberal agenda. Some of them are fun and interesting and subtle about it, Some are simply obnoxious. Part of telling a story is having a thread of truth in it. I would venture to say that many of these lack that thread that makes things believable in an otherwise fantastic world. If you want some interesting listen I think the first few are pretty good, but after that they go down the tube pretty quickly.

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Dark, thought provoking dystopian sci-fi

Dystopian works are nearly always political commentary, or commentary on the state of mankind or our view of reality. These stories, when listened to with their counterparts in the other two collections in this series, are incredible.
These stories ask you to reflect on yourself, our society, and our future. Wonderful.

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Bad. Just bad.

The only thing worse than an anthology pushing politics is badly written, boring, and preachy anthologies pushing politics.

I read to escape NOT to be battered by shallow stories with a single narrative that is most definitely NOT dystopia or apocalypse but a rather obviously a reaction to todays politics. I might have even been able to overlook the obvious bias if the stories were not so awful. Good writing requires more than just woke ideology. JJ Adams used to know that but obviously his politics are now more important than providing entertaining and DIVERSE perspectives in fiction.

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  • Susanne
  • 01-11-22

Great stories, great performance

I find listening to sci-fi short stories as opposed to reading them more difficult than, say, listening to vs reading fantasy short stories. Not this time though, maybe due to the narrators? I thoroughly enjoyed not reading myself!

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  • D. Davidson
  • 02-16-21

Glad I kept going.

Book one was uncomfortable, outside of the book we are to taking on aspects of several of the dystopian stories.
Book two is less so, as the reader has arrived at the dystopia (as of writing we are not quite there yet in the UK)

Many of he ideas explored ( or expanded from the previous book), feel eerily possible post 2020. The human stories in all the tales kept me intrigued and thinking about them away from the book. Such great writing and world building.

Loved all the narrations.

Looking forward to book three!