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The Offset by Calder Szewczak

The Offset

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The Offset by Calder Szewczak
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Sep 14, 2021 | ISBN 9780857669186

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“Thrilling, terrifying and beautifully crafted, The Offset is the perfect science-fiction novel for our times. I devoured it.”
– Angela Saini, author of Inferior

The Offset could do for environmentalism what Nineteen Eighty-Four did for socialism and Brave New World did for eugenics.”
– Ken MacLeod, Prometheus and BSFA Award-winning author of The Corporation Wars series

The Offset crushed me. This is an expertly – and starkly – written, well-drawn eco-dystopian novel about the ultimate measure of austerity taken in order to save the planet. There’s so much that was done well here: the world, the science, the societal conflict – but to get into the (possibly carnivorous) weeds would distract from soul of this book. It is a bare-knuckle punch to the heart. Calder Szewczak made me suffer – brilliantly.”
–  Chris Panatier, author of The Phlebotomist

The Offset is a prophetic, urgent, gripping read that throws into question what saving the world really means. A tender warning of a book, lest our efforts become as futile as our tragedies.”
– Natalia Theodoridou, World Fantasy Award Winner and Nebula Finalist

“Calder Szewczak’s The Offset may be a literary first in giving central place to anti-natalism – the view that one ought not to create new people. Other novels, like this one, have depicted a dystopian future in the wake of environmental catastrophe. In Margaret Attwood’s Handmaid’s Tale, the dystopia is pro-natalist. The Offset shows how anti-natalism could also take a dystopian turn. In showing this, it provides a cautionary tale – which, if read correctly, is not that anti-natalism itself is in error, but rather that even views aimed at reducing suffering can increase it if fanatics seize control.”
– David Benatar, World-leading anti-natalist and author of Better Never to Have Been

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