Only Disconnect is a science fiction anthology that deals with the theme of “presentism”, the idea that we are abandoning our dreams of the future just so we can prolong the illusions of our present. In the introduction, editor Juliana Rew asks whether we are slowly (but surely) becoming an ADD-addled culture, overwhelmed by the sheer volume of self-generated garbage in our everyday feeds and presents a collection of short stories that seek to provide an answer to our predicament
Among the stories included in the anthology however, it is the ones that skirt across the edges of the idea and present a different facet of this ‘existential spam’ that stand out the most: “Super Bugs” is a story about a colony of would-be superheroes, “Carnival of Colors” is a story about the horrors of blind dating and synesthesia in a post-contact Earth, “Aqua Equal” is about xenological political correctness gone wild, with “Jacked being a remake of Kafka’s Trial, remixed for the corporate age.
While the trend of science fiction being overwhelmingly focused on our present (and its assortment of everyday neuroses) has never really been my cup of tea, Only Disconnect‘s free-form approach to the idea makes it a worthwhile read. At 74 pages and with significantly improved art over Third FlatIron’s previous publications, it will certainly help you cope with the most tedious part of your daily slog.