From The Barnes & Noble Review:
Throughout his literary career, Walter Mosley has demonstrated a breathtaking versatility, first making his name with hard-hitting mysteries exploring the modern African-American experience and then boldly delving into the world of science fiction with the dazzling Blue Light. Here he again ventures into the sci-fi arena to give us a splendid collection of nine loosely connected stories featuring a near-future America brimming with ultra-technology and insurrection. Political travails have escalated into fierce social disorder, and every institution in the nation is privatized, from prisons to schools to Eden-like retreats where hedonism and slavery go hand in hand. Mosley brings the talents he’s already known for in the mystery field and sets them to work in a world where revolution is as prevalent as home computers.
The stories that make up Futureland deal with the likes of Vortex “Bits” Arnold, a convict on Angel’s Island, where prisoners wear electronic snakes attached directly into their nerve centers, so that any inappropriate thought is immediately dealt with. We meet Fera Jones, the female heavyweight boxing champion who must follow either her own course or the one set for her by a feminist group bent on creating a new world order. There’s also Ptolemy “Popo” Bent, a child genius trying to find God in radio waves, and his uncle, Chilly Bent, who makes the ultimate sacrifice to ensure his nephew’s future.
This book is sure to delight those that are longtime fans of science fiction as well as those that are unfamiliar with the genre. Walter Mosley is a celebrated and skilled writer of multiple genres and Futureland is certainly one book that is sure to go down in history as a classic in the science fiction arena.