Meet Me in the Future: Stories

Kameron Hurley

“[STARRED REVIEW] One of the best story collections of the past few years.”—Booklist
Come meet Kameron Hurley in a future you could never have imagined: where a body-hopping mercenary avenges his pet elephant, and an orphan falls in love with a sentient starship, and a swamp-dwelling introvert tries to save the world—from her plague-casting former wife.


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


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“One of the best story collections of the past few years.” —Booklist, starred review
“16 hard-edged pieces that gleam like gems in a mosaic.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Kameron Hurley is a badass.” —Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous

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.

Praise for Meet Me in the Future: Stories

Amazing Magazine SF Books to Look For August 2019

“Very high quality.”

[STARRED] “In her introduction, Hurley (The Light Brigade, 2019) admits that short stories aren’t her typical fare: her heart belongs to novels. And yet, she has produced one of the best story collections of the past few years. Hurley imagines brutal worlds, and her work is typically violent and vulgar. But as these stories make clear, her visions offer much more than shock value: these tales are emotionally powerful, lyrical, occasionally hopeful, and flirt with the profound. She creates worlds and characters as full and fascinating in a dozen pages as any she offers in her longer works. They throw into stark relief the core themes of her larger body of work: illness, gender identity, and our fraught relationship to our bodies (“Elephants and Corpses,” “Tumbledown,” “The Plague Givers”); war and the cycle of violence (“The Red Secretary,” “Garda,” “The War of Heroes”); storytelling as a medium for both social control and individual freedom (“Sinners on Solid Ground,” “The Corpse Archives”). What makes Hurley’s stories unique is her focus on what comes after: after war, after plague, after the collapse of civilization. These are stories that pack a punch. Highly recommended for existing fans and as an introduction for new readers.”
Booklist, starred review

[STARRED] “With snapshots of futures that haunt, obsess, or tantalize, this collection from Hugo-winner Hurley (The Light Brigade) offers 16 hard-edged pieces that gleam like gems in a mosaic. Undermining the admiration for military adventure that pervades much science fiction, “The Red Secretary” presents a world that indulges in war and then purges all its practitioners, cyclically. In “The War of Heroes,” underdogs who rise up to defeat the oppressor discover that “[a] Hero is one who not only slays monsters, but creates monsters to slay.” The stories that celebrate fighting monsters acknowledge that losing is no shame (in “Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light!”, a callback to the work of SF legend James Tiptree Jr.) and that identity is a matter of choice more than genetics (in “The Fisherman and the Pig”). Hurley works at the edges of genres, mixing SF with detective noir (“The Sinners and the Sea,” “Garda”), military adventure (“The Light Brigade,” “The Improbable War”), and fantasy quest (“The Plague Givers”) in ways that refresh the motifs of the mixed fictions. In “Tumbledown,” the benefit of making hard choices is getting to tell the stories ‘about the world we’ll make together,’ and readers will eagerly follow Hurley into these possible worlds and many more.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“[STARRED] “A trek across galaxies that hits home, Meet Me in the Future is a love letter to the best of science fiction.”
Foreword, starred review

10/10 Stars. Meet Me In The Future is an absolute gem. It’s an empathetic collection of star-spinning adventures whose initial grim-faced vibes are resolved by a yearning sense of hopefulness by the time each story reaches its end . . . It’s the literary sci-fi equivalent of a progressive rock album for punks. A work of literary art, Meet Me In The Future confirms that Hurley’s is a voice that must be heard by all.”
Starburst Magazine, 10 Stars

Hurley’s stories are a revelation; they’ve garnered high praise from every reviewer who’s encountered them. Sidle up to her scintillating perspectives and allow your mind to bounce unhindered among the stars.”
Book Riot

Meet Me in the Future demonstrates yet again just how gifted and unique an author Kameron Hurley truly is. This is definitely one of the speculative fiction titles to read in 2019. Or any other year, for that matter!”
Fantasy Hotlist

“If you’ve been looking for a place to start with Hurley’s work, this is a great entry point. This collection showcases her edgy, incisive, visceral approach to sci-fi.”
Paladin Jane’s Book Musings

“Brutal, sharp, and impossible to ignore, Kameron’s stories are a howl that throws back the encroaching void.”
— Tobias Buckell, author of Hurricane Fever

“A visceral, unrelenting, and heart-filled exploration of what it means to be human in any future; Kameron Hurley is writing the science fiction our world needs.”
—Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of Ascension

“Kameron Hurley is a badass. Her powerful stories will shred your preconceptions, and may leave you permanently off-kilter.”
— Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous and founder of io9

“Meet Me In the Future is an outstanding showcase for her powers as a writer and storyteller, and it is surely one of the best short story collections you will read this year.”
Barnes and Noble Book Blog

“I have begun to regard Kameron Hurley as my go to for writing fantasy and science fiction stories with brilliantly developed characters and worlds, whatever their length. In this collection, Hurley takes the world we know and understand, placing people we can easily relate to into bizarre realities that make perfect sense.
Strange Alliances

5/5 stars. Any time I can get my hands on new Kameron Hurley. . . Her view of the world in which we live calculating, messy, and true, and the stories she writes hit me right in the feels and make me want to help lead the revolution.”
Fairy Bookmother

“If you’ve been looking for a place to start with Hurley’s work, this is a great entry point. This collection showcases her edgy, incisive, visceral approach to sci-fi.”
Paladin Jane’s Book Musings

“Meet Me in the Future is a brilliant story collection that both amazes the reader with Hurley’s incredible imaginative genius and writing chops as well as it takes hold of the readers emotions like only the best fiction can.”
Grimdark Magazine

“Completely works and showcases so much fungal growth, corpse making, body-horror, sexual-orientation-swapping, space-opera, disease-ridden, dog-loving joy as anyone could possibly want . . . I am on auto-read for anything new that Hurley throws at us. Eagerly.”
—Bradley Horner, author of Darkside Earther

“Kameron Hurley has quickly become one of my favorite fiction authors.”
The Weightless State

 Meet Me in the Future is possibly the best short story collection I’ve ever picked up.”
The Bookish Mrs. Harding


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


Praise for Kameron Hurley

“Hurley is one of the most important voices in the field.”
—James SA Corey, author of The Expanse series

“Kameron Hurley’s writing is the most exciting thing I’ve seen on the genre page.”
—Richard K. Morgan, author of Altered Carbon

“One word will do it: Badass.”
—John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War and Redshirts

“Discovering Kameron Hurley’s work is like finding a whole new galaxy, and she is the star at its center.”
—Chuck Wendig, author of the Miriam Black series

“Kameron Hurley is ferociously imaginative—with an emphasis on ferocious . . . smart, dark, visceral, and wonderfully, hectically entertaining.”
—Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls “Hurley has created one of the most engrossing environments in modern sf.” —Booklist


Praise for Apocalypse Nyx

Apocalypse Nyx [is] packed with more glare, grit, and snarl than a junkyard full of mutated jackals.”
—Brooke Bolander, author of The Only Harmless Great Thing

“Wonderfully bloody, emotionally sharp.”
Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews Praise for God’s War

“Nyxnissa would quite clearly kick Conan’s ass.”
Strange Horizons

“Are you frustrated with Mary Sue heroines? . . . [Nyx] makes Han Solo look like a boy scout.”


Praise for The Geek Feminist Revolution

“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

“Filled me with blistering hope and rage. Amazing.”
—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 Garda
The Plague Givers
Warped Passages
Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light!
The Corpse Archives
The War of Heroes
The Light Brigade
The Improbable War

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