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A Fall in Autumn

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  24 reviews

It’s 9172, YE (Year of the Empire), and the future has forgotten its past.

Soaring miles over the Earth, Autumn, the sole surviving flying city, is filled to the brim with the manifold forms of humankind: from Human Plus “floor models” to the oppressed and disfranchised underclasses doing their dirty work and every imaginable va
Kindle Edition, 246 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Falstaff Books
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Michael Williams Absolutely! Nothing has been signed yet but there will be more in this world, both sequels and prequels. I've pitched several more novels in this sett…moreAbsolutely! Nothing has been signed yet but there will be more in this world, both sequels and prequels. I've pitched several more novels in this setting. If all goes well, there will be a five-book series set in Autumn at various points in time, both after this novel and before it, and at least some of those will feature Valerius.

The world-building was one of my favorite parts of writing it, and if you're into world-building as an activity I highly recommend checking out the tabletop RPG "Microscope" as it's a game about making a game world. Really fascinating and weird and meta. The world of A Fall in Autumn was developed over two sessions of Microscope a number of years ago and after I said to the friends with whom I played it that I simply had to write a story set there. (less)
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Joyfully Jay
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

As you can probably tell from the blurb, this is a futuristic dystopian suspense novel. The world building in this story is absolutely gorgeous. The action takes place some nine millennia from our present day. Williams does a stellar job at constantly building and, perhaps more importantly, reinforcing the social norms with which Valerius lives. The social caste system is a great example; most humans are genetically modified and/or can be modified at any time. Th
Zoe's Human
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What happens if you take a hardboiled detective story, locate it 10,000 years in the future, remove the toxic masculinity, and add wry humor with a hint of transhumanism? A Fall in Autumn is what you get.

Fleeing from a past he never chose, down-and-out Detective Valerius Bakhoum finds himself on the trail of a secret larger than he anticipated. Determined to solve the mystery, or at least get his landlady off his ass, he leads us through the last of the flying cities, from the squalid and danger
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A Fall in Autumn, by Michael G. Williams

Short Take: I still don’t like sci-fi. But I liked this.

Sometimes, as a reviewer, I am asked to critique things that are outside of my comfort zone. A while back, I gave my opinion on a book of poetry, for example. Or maybe some extra-extreme gore, or some strange new erotica will make its way to my inbox (and no that’s not a euphemism you heathens).

I like to think that I’m game to try just about anything, but for some reason, I’ve never really cozied up
Erin Penn
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I edited this book.

In a future of flying cities, created beings, and limitless potential, Valerius only gets to enjoy one of the three. He is what 2019 would call "heritage stock"; seeds and animals saved from previous times without genetic modifications of any sort, as a bank against potential disaster. So fixing little things like a cut with the wave of a medical wand is unavailable to him as it could damage the historic conservation; people worship his genes for their unmodif
O.E. Tearmann
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I think I'm in love...

I am in love with this book. It's lyrical, poetic and gritty as a city street. It's complicated, it's messy, and it's alive. It's a love letter to urban living and human hope, an indictment of urban living and human weakness. Beyond that, it's just a great story!
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Far-future, trans-human noir? Hells yeah! Sign me up. I was intrigued before I even started reading this book, just by the concept, and the telling did not disappoint.

Valerius Bakhoum is a great narrator, and I loved the wordplay of traditional tough-as-nails noir observation couched in far-future scenarios and situations.

The worldbuilding was seamless in the best possible way, with details explained sufficiently, but never going over into diatribes or lectures. The social mores aspect rode th
Lucy Blue
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Baroque Dystopia With a Tasty Side of Empathy

This is a science fiction noir with a solid understanding of both genres. It builds a fantastical world that both eviscerates and illuminates our own around a hero with a glowing core of thwarted romanticism at the center of his broken heart. Valerius is an "Artisanal human" working a case for a golem, a consciousness that might have once been human in the shell of a mechanical Superman. Following a twisted trail through Autumn, the last floating city
Andrew Peters
Michael G. Williams’ “A Fall in Autumn” is a clever sci fi detective novel that offers a new take on futuristic, Orwellian conspiracies. Read the rest of my review at Queer Sci Fi. ...more
Stephanie Beck
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the outsiders perspective on just about everything in a time and place thousands of years from now!
James Garman
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I came to this book by seeing it reviewed in the local LGBTQ Newspaper for New Orleans. The author is gay, has a husband and 4 fur-children, 2 cats and two dogs. The novel is very laid back about the fact that the main character, Valerius Bakhoum is a gay sometimes prostitute and detective.

He lives in Autumn, the last of the flying cities where people have moved for a better chance at life than they had on Earth itself. However, they have naturally brought all of the prejudices and religious dog
Michele Berger
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Fall in Autumn was one of my favorite reads this year. It is like nothing else I have read before and that is always thrilling. It is a sci-fi noir that features a trouble private eye--Valerius Bakhoum who has to solve his last case. He's battling everything including poverty, illness and disillusionment. The world-building as other people have commented on is breathtaking--flying cities, 'Artisanal Humans', human-animal hybrids and more cool concepts. But, it is the first person narration and ...more
JJ Dunaway
Jun 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A story of a far ahead future for human society; it felt so real like the author actually got to take a look at a possible future world and then write about it. I read the book within a few days time, the story kept me engaged and needing to find out what turn it would take next. The imagery was creative and bleak as is appropriate for society this far into the unknown future. I look forward to reading much more about this time and place.
Patricia Nelson
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Now THIS fantastic, fascinating, fast paced, action packed, powerful, gritty, raw, gripping, more twists and turns than a roller coaster, and totally awesome tale is what I absolutely love to read in my Scifi/fantasy books!
Michael Joseph
Mar 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay-speculative
You can find my review of “A Fall in Autmn” at my web site. ...more
Mel Gough
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible read. I have this intense feeling of joy and sorrow now. Joy, because it was so good. Sorrow, because it's over! Need more in this universe!
Amazing book

I haven't read this kind of book in a while (I am more of a romance girl) but I am glad I did.

This was amazing, Valerius is clever, and I fearless, intelligent and a good man.

I loved the world setting and the story of this somewhat new world.

It was a great story overall, and I didn't see the end coming.

I am really hoping for more books with Valerius and the rest of his friends
Aviar Savijon
Jul 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Masterpiece of Litany fiction!, A fast paced Epic adventure! I loved it!!!!!!! The Brilliant Writer Michael G Williams truly shows in this book. The story line grips you fast and doesn't let go. Does have adult content in it. but all tastefully written.
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5

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From that review:A Fall in Autumn by Michael G. Williams! What a novel!  I spent hours swearing about writing this review before I even sat down to the computer.  Back and forth over  my conflicted feelings about the main character and an ending that I can't decide is or isn't in keeping with the personality of Valerius Bakhoum, one of the most complex, least likable, m
Brenda Rezk
Aug 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Fall in Autumn was a bit confusing at first, but that's often how sci-fi stories begin. The author slowly and naturally described and expounded on this futuristic, dystopian, gritty, urban society, its history, technology, economic system, class system, and major religions. The world building was fantastic! Overall, the world, the characters, and the main mystery were really intriguing. There are other things I'd like to learn about this world.

I just wish it weren't so dystopian that prostitut
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
I abandoned this book after about an hour because it just wasn't my cup of tea. Strange universe, strange beings, strange social conventions, but a noir gumshoe protagonist out of the 1940's. It was just too much effort to get interested. Moving on...
Nicole  Reavis
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: falstaff-books
This book was amazing! It has a detective noir feel mixed with a bit of speculative sci-fi that make for a truly interesting and unique tale. I truly appreciated the take on humanity and what it means to be human in regards to societal standards and acceptance.
Gary Scott
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Just ok

Story line was way too convoluted and left quite a few questions unanswered. Albeit a solid read, I was left with a feeling of a glass half full.
Sandy  Ball
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An ambitious plot told well. And this is only the beginning. I always love a champion that you want to loathe but just cannot. The juxtaposition is real. Set him on an impossible mission and there's your novel turned series. I'm totally captured when a character named Buttercup dances off the page in the first sentence. And the balance of the saga is equally captivating. A prolific writer, Michael always manages to take his readers in a different and entertaining direction with each book series. ...more
Rachel Brune
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s hard to enumerate all the things I loved about this book without heading into spoiler territory ... suffice it to say, the characters were very human — problematic, troubled, trying to do the right thing but not always getting it right (even the characters who aren’t quite human.) the setting is richly drawn and imaginative; I was sucked right into the book from the first page. There are a few books I read every year that leave a lasting impression, and as I crack this open to read it for a ...more
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Michael G. Williams writes wry horror, urban fantasy, and science fiction celebrating monsters, bizarre futures, macabre humor, and subverted expectations. Michael also writes short stories and contributes to tabletop RPG development. He strives to present the humor and humanity at the heart of horror and speculation.

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