The Seven Wonders of Scotland, introduced by Gerry Hassan, Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2012. An impressive and stimulating anthology, Birlinn’s The Seven Wonders of Scotland gives us eight imaginations on future Scotland. Seven of those are gifted by: Andrew Crumley, Michael Gardiner, Gavin Inglis, Billy Letford, Maggie Mellon, Caroline Von Schmalansee, and Kirsti Wishart. Gerry Hassan contributes the eighth by way of his extensive and provocative introduction, ‘Scotland’s Stories: A Nation of Imaginations’. As a whole, the book presents vivid futures, not to rest on complacent and titillating speculations, far from it: The Seven Wonders of Scotland deploys serious doses of imagination to cause us to pause and reflect on what these affecting futures might ‘tell us about ourselves here and now’. The very contemporary political context for this review has been thrown into…