Book Review: Everything Belongs To The Future in Laurie Penny’s poisoned fountain of youth

Journalist and author Laurie Penny’s first foray into long-form fiction takes its title from Louise Michel’s poem “L’œillet Rouge”:

Go, bloom near the somber captive
And tell him/her truly that we love him/her.
Tell that through fleeting time
Everything belongs to the future
That the livid-browed conqueror
can die more surely than the conquered.

The invocation of Michel, an anarchist and preeminent figure of the 19th-century labor movement, effectively sets the stage for Penny’s sci-fi novella. Set in the year 2099, Everything Belongs To The Future concerns a future where, if you can afford it, your life and your youth can be extended indefinitely. A group of apparently young radicals, plus the corporate scientist largely responsible for this fountain of youth, take it upon themselves to reverse the super-wealthy’s fortunes and return things to their natural order.

Like Michel’s poem, Penny’s …

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