Meet Me in the Future: Stories
by Kameron Hurley
ISBN: Print: 9781616962968; Digital: 9781616962975
Published: August 2019
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital Books
“Kameron Hurley’s writing is the most exciting thing I’ve seen on the genre page.” —Richard K. Morgan, author of Altered Carbon
When renegade author Kameron Hurley (The Light Brigade; The Stars Are Legion) takes you to the future—be prepared for the unexpected. Yes, it will be dangerous, frequently brutal, and often devastating. But it’s also savagely funny, deliriously strange, and absolutely brimming with adventure.
In these edgy, unexpected tales, a body-hopping mercenary avenges his pet elephant, and an orphan falls in love with a sentient starship. Fighters ally to power a reality-bending engine, and a swamp-dwelling introvert tries to save the world—from her plague-casting former wife.
So come meet Kameron Hurley in the future. The version she’s created here is weirder—and far more hopeful—than you could ever imagine.
Kameron Hurley is the author of The Stars are Legion, The Light Brigade, and the award-winning essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the God’s War Trilogy and the Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Kitschy Award, BSFA Award, and Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer. She was also a finalist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the Nebula Award, and the Gemmell Morningstar Award. Her short fiction has appeared in Popular Science Magazine, Lightspeed Magazine, and many anthologies. Hurley has also written for The Atlantic, Entertainment Weekly, the Village Voice, Bitch Magazine, and Locus. She posts regularly at KameronHurley.com.
Praise for Kameron Hurley
On Apocalypse Nyx
A Fantasy Hotlist Top 5 Speculative Fiction of 2018 pick
“The five novellas that make up Apocalypse Nyx are packed with more glare, grit, and snarl than a junkyard full of mutated jackals, landing their punches with all the tooth-loosening, hardhat-launching, lunchbox-swinging frankness of a noontime construction worker brawl. Hurley’s world of mercenaries, magicians, blood, and bug guts is dusty enough that you can feel it grinding between your molars and insistent enough that it’ll yank you by the collar and not let go, a no-frills hang-the-hell-on death-rattle-and-roll Keith Moon drum solo of staccato narrative bursts.”
—Bo Bolander, author of The Only Harmless Great Thing
“Incorrigible and unapologetically heartless, Nyx is the bounty hunter to call when the stakes are high, the payouts are iffy, and the morality is optional.”
—Nicky Drayden, author of The Prey of Gods
“The plots are taut, thrilling, gritty, violent, profane, magical—everything Hurley’s readers expect . . . Hurley has created one of the most engrossing environments in modern sf.”
“Series fans will savor original episodes featuring the battle-worn Nyx, which also serve as an introduction to new readers.”
“If you’re new to Nyx, this may be a good place to start, taking place before the current series of which she’s the star. If you’re already a fan, this adds some wonderfully bloody, emotionally sharp texture to an already intriguing world and characters—get on it.”
—Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews
“Apocalypse Nyx is grim, unapologetic science fiction at its best . . . gripping.”
—New York Journal of Books
“This is a dystopia that revels in it in a big, joyous way with cracking one-liners and tight squeezes to escape. Apocalypse Nyx is definitely not for the squeamish, but if you like your heroines as kickass as Dutch from the TV series Killjoys you’ll love Nyxnissa. Good, honest science fiction fun with a feminist twist.
“For all that God’s War was nominated for every award under the sun, I enjoyed this more: Nyx’s tempestuous life lends itself perfectly to discrete, action-packed episodes.”
On Nyx’s Bel Dame Apocrypha
“Nyxnissa would quite clearly kick Conan’s ass . . . Just what the genre ordered.”
—Strange Horizons (on God’s War)
“Are you frustrated with Mary Sue heroines? Well, here comes God’s War to rock your face off . . . If you like rough, battle-scarred women who know how to regulate, you’re going to love Nyx . . . she makes Han Solo look like a Boy Scout.”
—io9 (on God’s War)
“Hurley’s world-building, vivid and blissfully free of infodumps and expository lumps, was one of the great strengths of God’s War, and it’s a pleasure to return to the fascinating and messed-up world she created—one especially enjoyable for its ethnically diverse cast and freewheeling remixes of traditional gender roles.”
—Tor.com (on Infidel)
“Infidel is a fast-paced book with a lot of action and smart character moments, mixed with cynical battlefield philosophy. I highly recommend it.”
“Kameron Hurley is ferociously imaginative—with an emphasis on ferocious. She writes novels that are smart, dark, visceral and wonderfully, hectically entertaining.”
—Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls (on Rapture)
“Edge-of-the-seat action set within a strange and alien world that’s the mutant child of Frank Herbert and Roger Zelazny. At her best, Hurley’s work rivals that of Gene Wolfe, and it burns like a drug in the mind long after you’ve finished it.”
—David J. Williams, author of The Mirrored Heavens
“[Nyxnissa] is gloriously self-possessed, repellently amoral, and thoroughly original. She is a woman in a man’s grimdark world.
Praise for The Geek Feminist Revolution
“A call to arms for those who care about the future of science fiction and fantasy.”
—John Scalzi, author of Redshirts
“Kameron Hurley writes essays that piss people off, make them think, make them act. This is good stuff. Read it.”
—Kate Elliott, author of the Crown of Stars series
“Hurley’s essays are a beacon signaling to writers in the trenches that they’re not alone, and they’re not imagining how hard it is to push against the mainstream, or how the culture shoves back ten times harder.”
—K. Tempest Bradford
“Filled me with blistering hope and rage. Amazing collection.”
—Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous
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Table of Contents
An Introduction: Meet Me in The Future by Kameron Hurley
Elephants and Corpses
When We Fall
The Red Secretary
The Sinners and the Sea
The Women of Our Occupation
The Fisherman and the Pig
The Plague Givers
Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light!
The Corpse Archives
The War of Heroes
The Light Brigade
The Improbable War