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In Watchlist, some of today's most prominent and promising fiction writers from around the globe respond to, meditate on, and mine for inspiration the surveillance culture in which we live. With contributions from Etgar Keret, T.C. Boyle, Robert Coover, Aimee Bender, Jim Shepard, Alissa Nutting, Charles Yu, Cory Doctorow, and many more, WATCHLIST unforgettably confronts the question: What does it mean to be watched?

In Doctorow's eerily plausible "Scroogled," the US has outsourced border control to Google, on the basis that they Do Search Right. In Lincoln Michel's "Our New Neighborhood," a planned suburban community's 'Neighborhood Watch' program becomes an obsessive nightmare. Jim Shepard's haunting "Safety Tips for Living Alone" imagines the lives of the men involved in the US government's fatal attempt to build the three Texas Tower radar facilities in the Atlantic Ocean during the Cold War. Randa Jarrar's "Testimony of Malik, Israeli agent #287690" is "a sweet and deftly handled story of xenophobia and paranoia, reminding us that such things aren't limited to the West" (Sabotage Reviews) and Alissa Nutting's "The Transparency Project" is a creative, speculative exploration of the future of long-term medical observation.

By turns political, apolitical, cautionary, and surreal, these stories reflect on what it's like to live in the surveillance state.


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Paperback Editions

May 2016 : USA Paperback

Title: Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest
Author(s): Cory Doctorow
ISBN: 1-936787-41-5 / 978-1-936787-41-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Catapult
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

2015 : USA Paperback

Title: Watchlist
Author(s): Charles Yu, Cory Doctorow, Etgar Keret, Robert Coover, T Coraghessan Boyle, Juan Pablo Villalobos, Aimee Bender, Alissa Nutting, Chika Unigwe, Deji Bryce Olukotun
ISBN: 1-939293-77-4 / 978-1-939293-77-0 (USA edition)
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

May 2016 : Canada Kindle edition

Title: Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of Interest
Author(s): Cory Doctorow
Publisher: Catapult
Availability: Amazon CA