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Revolutions 2: More Speculative Short Stories set in Manchester

Revolutions 2 is the second anthology of speculative short stories set in Manchester, UK, fifteen new sci-fi, fantasy and horror stories.

Revolutions 2: More Speculative Short Stories set in Manchester is the second anthology published by Manchester Speculative Fiction, following on from 2015’s Revolutions: Speculative Short Stories set in Manchester

Like Revolutions, Revolutions 2 is a collection of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror stories with one thing in common – they’re all set in Manchester, England.


As with Revolutions, about half the stories are by members of Manchester Speculative Fiction and half by authors from around the world, chosen from an open submissions process.

The authors are (in alphabetical order):

The introduction is by Graeme Shimmin, who also edited the anthology.

What are the stories about?

Revolutions 2 features a variety of alternate worlds, extreme graffiti, a date with a Lego figure, overly literal squids, a plague-carrying kitten, legendary Russian birds, a praying mantis that needs a job, giant bees, a ghost bus, virtual reality, zombies and time travel.

And, of course, there’s Stockport viaduct.

How to Buy Revolutions 2

You can read the first story in Revolutions 2, Wendy V. Mann’s On The Street Where You Live for free here:

Revolutions 2 is available on Amazon US here and Amazon UK here.

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By Graeme Shimmin

Graeme Shimmin has been a member of the Manchester Speculative Fiction Writing Group since 2012 and edited its first two anthologies. His novels have won, or been listed for, multiple prizes including the Terry Pratchett Prize, YouWriteOn Book of the Year and Arthur C. Clarke Award.