In Doctorowâs eerily plausible "Scroogled," the US has outsourced border control to Google, on the basis that they Do Search Right. In Lincoln Michelâs ÂOur New Neighborhood,â a planned suburban communityâs ÂNeighborhood Watchâ program becomes an obsessive nightmare. Jim Shepardâs haunting ÂSafety Tips for Living Aloneâ imagines the lives of the men involved in the US governmentâs fatal attempt to build the three Texas Tower radar facilities in the Atlantic Ocean during the Cold War. Randa Jarrarâs ÂTestimony of Malik, Israeli agent #287690â is Âa sweet and deftly handled story of xenophobia and paranoia, reminding us that such things arenât limited to the Westâ (Sabotage Reviews) and Alissa Nuttingâs ÂThe Transparency Projectâ 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 itâs like to live in the surveillance state.
About: In Watchlist, some of todayâs 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.