Short Story Review: “Notes on London’s Housing Crisis” by Will Wiles

2 of 5 stars.

Urban centers and their housing problems of affordability and availability are nothing new. However, this speculative tale presents an alternate present to modern London with a different crisis with its housing.

Vamping on the 1960’s dream of modular, upgradable housing, this tale assumes the widespread incorporation of modular living. Then, it presents the various problems that arise in its wake as the system ages through decades of development. It also speculates as to the state of real estate for tradition non-modular housing, citing the inherit money-drain of “used” houses.

The kernel to the tale is interesting, and would make for a solid background in a sci-fi narrative. As it is, there is no narrative–merely an interesting concept.

This tale appears in the anthology An Unreliable Guide to London by Influx Press, London. I received my copy of this anthology directly from one of the contributing authors through
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