Germany, 2022

Once Upon a Future — Tales from a Distant World

It’s 2440 – the printing press was invented exactly 1000 years ago. Much has changed since then, but fairy tales have survived all of the millennium’s technological accomplishments. These wondrous stories of good and evil, fear and courage, cleverness and foolishness are just as relevant in the 25th century as they were when first told. But it almost goes without saying that Cinderella, Show White, Rapunzel & Co are no longer helpless damsels in distress in the need of a prince’s kiss. Quite the opposite, in fact. Nonetheless, the power of their stories lives on.

Here are magical tales from days of old in the 21st century, from the chaos of Dark Winter when climate change, world wars and an ever-mutating virus nearly destroyed the planet, from a new beginning and mind-boggling leaps in science and technology. Remarkably, right before our eyes, a complex future world emerges that will resonate with today’s readers.

An innovative fairy tale collection for all lovers of storytelling, 13 and up!

Rowohlt Verlag / Rotfuchs
German edition translated by
Christiane Steen
272 pages, Hardcover, with illustrations