It’s been a banner year for science-fiction films. In October, cinema fans flocked to see Harrison Ford in “Blade Runner 2049.” And “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” featuring Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher, premiers in the U.S. on Dec. 15.
Likewise for books: Following in the footsteps of Canadian-American SF author William Gibson, who foresaw the creation of cyberspace (“a consensual hallucination experienced daily by billions of legitimate operators, in every nation”), Toronto native Eli P.K. William serves up his own bleak vision of Japan’s dystopian future. While a completely original work, characters in “The Naked World” — part two of the “Jubilee Cycle” trilogy — face predicaments evocative of works by Jonathan Swift, Aldous Huxley, Philip K. Dick, George Orwell and Stephen King.