Whose Future Is It? Cellarius Stories, Volume I

The first Cellarius anthology includes 13 works of short cyberpunk fiction exploring humans' response to a superintelligent AI takeover in the year 2084. From 9 notable writers, including a New York Times bestseller, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Nebula Award winner, the Cellarius stories range from mind-bending thrillers to classic adventure tales, human-machine love stories to the formation of new religions. Decide for yourself: whose future is it?



Hello, world, and welcome to the Cellarius Universe. In the 21st century, technology and digital networks transform everything from nation-states to human bodies, leading to a prosperous Digital Golden Age. In the year 2084, all the lights go out. Humans become aware of Cellarius, the superintelligent AI, when it takes over all energy infrastructure and communication networks, plunging the world into an analog dark age. This Reformation lasts until 2108, when Cellarius gives the power back with no explanation.

These 13 short stories from 9 writers—including a New York Times bestseller, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Nebula Award winner—explore different geographies, from Zimbabwe to Seattle to a remote island off Hong Kong. Their heroes range from precocious teenagers reckoning with the strange world they’ve inherited, to very old people coming to terms with death in a digital age, to digital-hybrid and machine characters who challenge our ideas of what consciousness could become.

The Cellarius stories range from mind-bending thrillers to classic adventures, cognitive enhancement implants to vacations in deep virtual reality, human-machine love stories to the formation of new religions. Connecting the characters across space and time is the looming presence of the Cellarius AI, the eye that watches all. Dive into the Cellarius Universe and decide for yourself: whose future is it?


Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes is the award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author of over thirty novels, as well as episodes of television’s The Twilight Zone, Andromeda, Stargate SG-1, and the Emmy-winning “A Stitch in Time” episode of The Outer Limits. He lives in Southern California with his son Jason and British Fantasy Award-winning wife, novelist Tananarive Due.

Alex de Campi

Alex de Campi is a British-American writer of comic books and TV/film. Her most recent TV work is the Blade Runner anime, with Shinichiro Watanabe. Her most recent books include Bad Girls (Simon & Schuster), Dredd: Final Judgement (Rebellion / 2000AD), Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network (Kodansha) and Twisted Romance (Image Comics). She’s been nominated for an Eisner award (for Smoke/Ashes) and a Bram Stoker award (for No Mercy). She lives in New York City with her daughter, a striped dog, and a spotted cat. Find her most places on social media as @alexdecampi.

Tananarive Due

Tananarive Due is an author and screenwriter whose short fiction has appeared in best-of-the-year anthologies of science fiction and fantasy. She teaches Afrofuturism and Black Horror in the African-American Studies program at UCLA. She also teaches in the creative writing/screenwriting programs at Antioch University Los Angeles/Santa Barbara. She has won an American Book Award and a British Fantasy Award.

Brian Evenson

Brian Evenson has published more than a dozen works of fiction, including, most recently, A Collapse of Horses. He is the recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship. He has won an International Horror Guild Award and three O. Henry Prizes and was a finalist for the Edgar Award and the World Fantasy Award. He lives in Los Angeles. A new collection of stories, A Song for the Unraveling of the World, appears in June 2019.

Porpentine Charity Heartscape
Porpentine Charity Heartscape is a writer, new media artist, game designer, and dead swamp milf in Oakland. She makes cursed artifacts and records the endless war. She is a 2016 Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab fellow, a 2017 recipient of Rhizome’s Prix Net Art Award, and a 2016 Tiptree fellow. Heartscape has exhibited at the 2017 Whitney Biennial, New York, the New Museum, New York, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She is the author of With Those We Love Alive, Howling Dogs, Psycho Nymph Exile, and Almanac of Girlswampwar Territory.
Richard Larson

Richard Larson was born in Galmi, Niger, has studied in Rhode Island and worked in Spain, and now lives in Ottawa, Canada. Since he began writing in 2011, he’s sold over a hundred stories, the majority of them speculative fiction published in magazines like Asimov’s, Analog, Clarkesworld, F&SF, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. His work appears in numerous Year’s Best anthologies and has been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Polish, French and Italian. This year he published Annex, his debut novel, and Tomorrow Factory, his debut collection.

Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker's stories have won the Nebula and Sturgeon awards. Small Beer Press will publish her collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea in March 2019, and her first novel, Song For A New Day, will be published by Berkeley in late 2019. She and her wife live in Baltimore in a hundred-year-old house surrounded by sentient vines.

Shweta Taneja

Shweta Taneja is a bestselling Indian fantasy and science fiction author and scriptwriter. Her work is described as somewhere between feminist, horror, experimental, and humorous. She is best known for her ongoing novel series published with HarperCollins, Anantya Tantrist Mysteries, about a feminist tantrik detective who solves supernatural crime in Delhi. Find out how she researches on tantriks or say hello online with her handle @shwetawrites.

David Wellington

David Wellington is the author of more than twenty novels, including Monster Island, 13 Bullets, and Positive. He has written fantasy as David Chandler and science fiction as D. Nolan Clark. In 2019 he will publish a hybrid science fiction/horror novel called The Last Astronaut. He has also written video games and a comic book. David lives and works in New York City.

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