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Exploring New Worlds: The Utopia of Us Anthology Pre-Order Available Now!

Cover of the book The Utopia of Us
The Utopia of Us

We are delighted to announce that The Utopia of Us is now available for pre-order! Editor Teika Marija Smits has brought together 15 incredible writers and their stories, directly inspired by We by Yevgeny Zamyatin.

It is a charity anthology, and given Russia's current war with Ukraine, royalties from the book will be donated to the Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.

If you pre-order directly from the Luna website, you will also receive a discount. Check it out!

Starting this Saturday, we will introduce you to our fabulous writers and their stories, so watch our socials.

If you've missed the TOC announcement, here they are:

  • Aliya Whiteley: Intrinsic – Extrinsic – Terrific

  • R.T. Ester: Engine – The Blast – Antiques for Okras

  • Adrian Tchaikovsky: Obstructive Nodes – The Etiquette of Complaint – A Pest Problem

  • Anne Charnock: The Earth Heals – Silent Days – Vagaries and Savagery

  • Tim Major: Production – Pristine White – Pale Green

  • Anna Orridge: Bittersweet Feast – The Persistence of Swine – To Savour Dawn

  • Douglas Thompson: In Praise Of TwoState – Epiphanies – The Morning After

  • Nadya Mercik: Buoy – Perfect Citizen – Mother

  • Liam Hogan: A Peculiar Job – The Wash – Someone Waiting for Me

  • Fiona Mossman: The Library is Perfect – An Error – Underwater

  • Ian Whates: Education – The Final Ingredient – The Cost of Living

  • Michael Teasdale: Art-crime – Artifacts – Age of Birds

  • Ana Sun: Anatomy of Emotion – The Carving of Chance – Seize the Moon

  • Rayn Epremian: Swimming-Hunger – A Rusted Drum – A Ruinous Discovery

  • Sofia Samatar: The Integral – True Literature – Everything Is Blooming

TOC of The Utopia of Us
TOC of The Utopia of Us

More on the anthology:

The year 2024 marks the centenary of the first publication of We, the direct inspiration for George Orwell’s 1984, and many other novels, such as Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Dispossessed and Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano.

Strikingly, the Russian novel was first published in English, and in the US. Indeed, it wasn’t until 1988 that it was published in the author’s native country. Clearly, this was a book that the people in power in the Soviet Union wanted erased. Yet it ushered in a new genre – the future dystopia – and in doing so gave birth to the many dystopian novels and films which have found their way into our popular culture.

Setting aside what its publication history says about Russia’s past, it also happens to be a beautifully written and page-turning novel, and one that is still currently relevant since it speaks to the very heart of what it means to be human. In short, the centenary of this wonderful novel should be, and needs to be, celebrated, and how better to do that than by a globally minded, independent press, publishing an anthology of science fiction stories inspired by We?

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