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The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir

von Gary Phillips (Herausgeber)

Weitere Autoren: Eric Beetner (Mitwirkender), Christopher Chambers (Mitwirkender), Kate Flora (Mitwirkender), Adam Lance Garcia (Mitwirkender), Danny Gardner (Mitwirkender)10 mehr, L. Scott Jose (Mitwirkender), Lise McClendon (Mitwirkender), Walter Mosley (Mitwirkender), Andrew Nette (Mitwirkender), Gary Phillips (Mitwirkender), Travis Richardson (Mitwirkender), Nisi Shawl (Mitwirkender), Robert Silverberg (Mitwirkender), Anthony Neil Smith (Mitwirkender), Desiree Zamorano (Mitwirkender)

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THE OBAMA INHERITANCE , a collection of fifteen stories of conspiracy noir curated by editor and award-winning African-American crime novelist Gary Phillips. In the tradition of satirical works of Swift and Twain, with nods to the likes of William Burroughs, Asimov and Philip K. Dick, these tales contain vigilante First Ladies, Supreme Court judges who can clone themselves, gear-popping robots of doom, and races of ancient lizard people revealing their true master plan and these are just the tame ones mashed up in the blender of fake news bots, climate change is but a hoax by the Chinese and humans roamed with dinosaurs.In an era where the outlandish and fantastic has permeated our media 24/7, where mind-bending conspiracy theories shape our views, THE OBAMA INHERITANCE writers riff on the numerous fictions spun about the 44th president of the U.S. Although Obama himself does not appear in most of these stories, contributors spin deliberately outlandish and fantastic twists on many of the dozens of screwball, bizarro conspiracy theories floated about the president during his years in office and turn them on their heads.THE OBAMA INHERITANCE editor Gary Phillips is a critically acclaimed author of mystery and graphic novels (Peepland, Violent Spring, and Warlord of Willow Ridge ). Raised in South Central Los Angeles, Phillips draws on his experiences from anti-police abuse community organizing and anti-apartheid activism. He was the chair of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color committee, and is president of the Private Eye Writers of America.Contributors include famed crime-detective author and essayist Walter Mosley , professor and former Department of Justice attorney Christopher Chambers (Sympathy for the Devil ), noir raconteur Andrew Nette , actor and novelist Danny Gardner (A Negro and an Ofay ), former Maine assistant attorney general Kate Flora (Death in Paradise ), award-winning playwright and novelist Désirée Zamorano , and the Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Robert Silverberg.… (mehr)
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It’s really, really hard to exaggerate or even satirize the ways in which Trump is gaslighting the country, and so these stories largely didn’t work for me. Names I recognized: Walter Mosley (a variant on aliens/lizard people controlling the masses), Nisi Shawl (RBG clones), Robert Silverberg (a story about the ruling class altering their bodies at will; they didn’t even really try to fit the theme). Kate Flora’s Michelle in Hot Water, in which Michelle Obama is secretly a superspy, and Anthony Neil Smith’s I Will Haunt You, in which Trump is an Ahab-like figure searching the barren Gulf of Mexico for the one last assembly of biomass there, came closest. ( )
  rivkat | Jan 29, 2020 |
Short stories by contemporary authors that purports to take the various conspiracy theories surrounding Obama and use them to create stories. I say purportedly, because most of these actually didn't seem to have much to do with the conspiracy theories, and many of them had little to nothing to do with Obama, other than perhaps a mention of him somewhere. In a couple of stories, such as the anti-science screeds against genetic engineering, he didn't appear at all, even as a passing mention. It starts out well, with an adventure story that has Michelle as a secret vigilante, and some of the stories are interesting and compelling, but not what I expected. Many of them are simply detailing the ugliness of Trump and his supporters, or are just basic sci-fi stories that add mention of the first black president. If you're looking for Obama the lizard alien, you might look here, but beyond that, if you want Obama, there is only a small amount here for you. The stories range from fascinating to much too long and dull, as would be expected in such a collection. And I could have done without the common leftist trope that all scientists are criminals - don't we get enough anti-science nonsense from the right? ( )
  Devil_llama | Dec 31, 2017 |
Resistance takes many forms, particularly in the current political climate. Few methods of protest are as cheerfully strange and purposefully bizarre as "The Obama Inheritance." This collection of 15 short stories, inspired by right-wing conspiracy theories about the 44th president, take aim at the freak-show realities of the 45th.
 
Some short story collections are eclectic. Some are ambitious. Some are utterly mad. This one is all three. ... Some of these stories are laugh-out-loud funny, while others are immensely disturbing simply because you know that somewhere, someone actually believes this ridiculousness for real. That’s a humbling and horrifying thought, even as your funny bone and your common sense are entertained.
 
Amid this bull market for Obama-related conspiracy theories, it is entirely understandable that a group of writers felt inspired to produce, “The Obama Inheritance: Fifteen Stories of Conspiracy Noir.” It’s edited by mystery writer Gary Phillips, who also wrote one of the stories. Truth may be stranger than fiction, but why should the conspiracists have all the fun of creating fake narratives?
 
It's a commonplace these days to say that real life has become so unpredictable that it outstrips anything anyone could dream up in fiction. I think I'm guilty of having made that banal observation a few times. But that was before I read The Obama Inheritance, a collection of 15 stories so sly, fresh and Bizarro World witty, they reaffirm the resiliency of the artistic imagination.
 

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Phillips, GaryHerausgeberHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Beetner, EricMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Chambers, ChristopherMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
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Jose, L. ScottMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
McClendon, LiseMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Mosley, WalterMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Nette, AndrewMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Phillips, GaryMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Richardson, TravisMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Shawl, NisiMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Silverberg, RobertMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Smith, Anthony NeilMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Zamorano, DesireeMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
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THE OBAMA INHERITANCE , a collection of fifteen stories of conspiracy noir curated by editor and award-winning African-American crime novelist Gary Phillips. In the tradition of satirical works of Swift and Twain, with nods to the likes of William Burroughs, Asimov and Philip K. Dick, these tales contain vigilante First Ladies, Supreme Court judges who can clone themselves, gear-popping robots of doom, and races of ancient lizard people revealing their true master plan and these are just the tame ones mashed up in the blender of fake news bots, climate change is but a hoax by the Chinese and humans roamed with dinosaurs.In an era where the outlandish and fantastic has permeated our media 24/7, where mind-bending conspiracy theories shape our views, THE OBAMA INHERITANCE writers riff on the numerous fictions spun about the 44th president of the U.S. Although Obama himself does not appear in most of these stories, contributors spin deliberately outlandish and fantastic twists on many of the dozens of screwball, bizarro conspiracy theories floated about the president during his years in office and turn them on their heads.THE OBAMA INHERITANCE editor Gary Phillips is a critically acclaimed author of mystery and graphic novels (Peepland, Violent Spring, and Warlord of Willow Ridge ). Raised in South Central Los Angeles, Phillips draws on his experiences from anti-police abuse community organizing and anti-apartheid activism. He was the chair of the Eleanor Taylor Bland Crime Fiction Writers of Color committee, and is president of the Private Eye Writers of America.Contributors include famed crime-detective author and essayist Walter Mosley , professor and former Department of Justice attorney Christopher Chambers (Sympathy for the Devil ), noir raconteur Andrew Nette , actor and novelist Danny Gardner (A Negro and an Ofay ), former Maine assistant attorney general Kate Flora (Death in Paradise ), award-winning playwright and novelist Désirée Zamorano , and the Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Robert Silverberg.

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