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Things We Didn\'t See Coming

Things We Didn't See Coming

(2010)
A collection of stories by

 
A dazzling debut collection: nine connected stories set in a not-too-distant dystopian future in a landscape at once utterly fantastic and strangely familiar.

Richly imagined, dark, and darkly comic, these stories follow the narrator over three decades as he tries to survive in a world that is becoming more savage as cataclysmic events unfold one after another. In the first story-set on the eve of the millennium, when the world as we know it is still recognizable-we meet the then nine-year-old narrator fleeing the city with his parents, just ahead of a Y2K breakdown of the grid, signaling the world's transformation and decline. The remaining stories capture the strange- sometimes horrific, sometimes unexpectedly funny-circumstances he encounters in the no-longerso- simple act of survival: trying to protect squatters against floods in a place where the rains never stop; harassed (and possibly infected) by a man sick with plague; functioning as a salaried embezzler of 'the state' ; escorting the gravely ill on adventure trips. Yet, in each story, we see that despite the violence and brutality of his days, the narrator retains a hold on his essential humanity.

Things We Didn't See Coming is haunting, restrained, beautifully crafted-a stunning debut.

 
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Hardback Editions

July 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: Things We Didn't See Coming
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-4448-0804-4 / 978-1-4448-0804-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ulverscroft
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February 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Things We Didn't See Coming
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 0-307-37850-0 / 978-0-307-37850-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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Paperback Editions

August 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: Things We Didn't See Coming
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 0-09-954704-X / 978-0-09-954704-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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February 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: Things We Didn't See Coming
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 0-307-47360-0 / 978-0-307-47360-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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August 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: Things We Didn't See Coming
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
ISBN: 1-84655-366-0 / 978-1-84655-366-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Audio Editions

September 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: Things We Didn't See Coming
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

July 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: Things We Didn't See Coming
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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January 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Things We Didn't See Coming
Author(s): Steven Amsterdam
Publisher: Anchor
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