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Meet Me in the Future: Stories

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  27 reviews
“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
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: August 20th 2019 by Tachyon Publications
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I'm generally not that big into short stories and by way of Hurley's introduction, I might have expected her to do a so-so job with these... but Hurley lies. The writer's talents are equal across novels and short fiction. Sorry, Hurley, you're good! lol

Indeed, most of these stories are pretty amazing, delving not only into her Nyx fiction and Legion fiction and even Light Brigade, but this collection has a ton of stories that kicked me hard from a different world altogether. The only other serie
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
I could sum up my thoughts about Meet Me in the Future by saying that all the stories were, if not always good, at least solid, but not one of them was memorable on its own the way I find short stories can be.
These stories are not pretty. They’re not necessarily satisfying. They would, however, be really interesting to discuss, and I wouldn’t be surprised if that was the whole purpose of how some of these were written. They’re meant to be shared and talked about, not read and put down, I think.
I read the stories already via Patreon. Fantastic collection of diverse, layered, strong characters and worldbuilding. It is Kameron Hurley, after all, so I am definitely and unapologetically biased.
Hélène Louise
Good stories even if I've appreciated some more than others.
The author's touch is always here, strong women who frequently have jobs, strengths and habits usually gifted to male characters, diverse sexuality and animals - with a special care about them (the reader doesn't need to be afraid that horrible things will happen to them).
He worlds imagined are all rather harsh and injust, this is not some bedtime stories !
I took time to read them all, because if all different they have many shared poin
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved APOCALYPSE NYX when I got to read it and I have yet to pick up the GOD'S WAR books or anything else by Hurley, but I did get to read the short stories in MEET ME in the FUTURE and I must say, I was even more impressed with her raw, beautiful stories and characters.

Hurley is unapologetic about the stories (read her Introduction for more information).

I will hunt her books down and read them all. There are very few authors I feel that way about, but Hurley is definitely one of them.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs-or-giveaway
I got this e ARC from Netgalley after requesting it.

I enjoy short stories or anthologies,"Meet Me in the Future" asks how futures could play out - both ours and for worlds in fiction. What's the future if not something of a reflection of history's many nows, like a glimpse in a mirror or still water, a the kaleidoscope of possibilities, changeable still because every person carries their history and the history of imagined and dreamed stories. A lot of these short stories understandably dance b
Kameron Hurley has quickly become on of my favorite fiction authors. I have been immersing myself in her collection of works and adding more to my shelf to read next. I was excited to get the chance to read her forthcoming short story collection, Meet Me in the Future, for the aforementioned reasons but also because I had not read any of her short stories yet.

Short story collections are this odd measure of diversity in talent in which a favored author can perform unexpectedly badly or a mediocre
This was such a refreshing collection of sci-fi short stories. I love the ideas that were explored no matter how vague or precise and spelled-out. There is something out there for everyone but I can tell you already that it pulls on your heartstrings, engages your mind and is a great conversation starter. I want to delve deeper into all these stories, dissect their meaning and find out what they convey for us personally.

If you don't want to be spoiled for anything, keep the Introductions to the
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kameron Hurley is becoming one of my favourite authors, I'm always excited when a new book comes out.

I would describe this collection as:
-Diverse (in gender, character's sexual orientation, world building, style, etc)

I really loved reading these. I don't think I disliked any of them. The vibe I got from the collection was that these were stories set in universes that perhaps couldn't go further than the short story itself.. like maybe the author didn't know how to expand
Pablo Rodríguez Pérez
Grata sorpresa esta colección de relatos. Por el título y por lo que había leído de ficción de Hurley antes (únicamente «Las estrellas son legión») pensaba que serían relatos de cifi tirando a especulativa. Sin embargo, me he encontrado un conjunto de historias tanto de fantasía como de ciencia ficción que son puro entretenimiento; y la verdad es que me ha alegrado bastante. Me lo he pasado pipa con estos relatos y creo que el libro merece mucho la pena.

Sale a finales de agosto en Tachyon, a los
Single-author collections tend to be, in my experience, less cohesive and less consistent in some way than multiple-author collections curated by an editor or editorial team; this is because editors have the advantage of nearly unlimited material to start with, and can winnow down to just those bits and bobs that are synchronous in style or subject or otherwise meet the editors' collective impulse. Single-author collections tend to have a smaller pool of potential bits and bobs to choose from, a ...more
Sadie Slater
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kameron Hurley is someone whose work I've been meaning to read for ages. I was going to buy The Stars are Legion after hearing it described at Nine Worlds a couple of years ago as "lesbians in space", which seemed very relevant to my interests, but then it turned out that it's no longer available as an ebook in the UK, so when I received a e-ARC of her new short story collection, Meet Me in the Future, via Netgalley, it seemed like the ideal opportunity to give her work a try.

There are sixteen s
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kameron Hurley (The Light Brigade, The Stars are Legion) is an award winning author of novels, essays, and short stories in the science fiction, fantasy, and feminist genres. Her upcoming book, Meet Me in the Future, is an expansive collection of short stories that surround the idea that maybe our science fiction future isn't all chrome and lasers. Her introduction is just as important as the stories that follow it. You gain so much context for her visions of the future. "Some are gooey, icky, s ...more
Maxine Robinson
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Elephants and Corpses was my very first introduction to Kameron Hurley's writing several years back when Tor had it on their site. It was a first class story that made a lasting impression, yet its only in the last year that I have started buying and reading more of Hurley's work. I sit back now and want to kick myself. So of course when I saw this on NetGalley I hit request as fast as I could and then put everything else on the backburner as soon as I was approved, even though I had a couple of ...more
Aug 12, 2019 added it
Thank you to NetGalley for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

I DNF-ed at around 70% because I felt like I was just pushing myself through the stories. It's a little puzzling why they failed to hold my interest - part of it might be that I'm in the mood for longer stories that I can immerse myself in right now, and another part could be that the very particular atmosphere of this collection wasn't my cup of tea at the moment.

Pretty much all the stories here deal with w
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The first two stories in this collection caught me up immediately. Elephants and Corpses leads you into a piece about body-jumping mercenaries – definitely the way to get me reading. It also offered a unique way to view gender dysphoria, something which is risky to do in the first place, but that landed in a really, really interesting way in the story, and continues later in the collection.
The set up of alternative families, particularly in When We Fall, drew me in a whole lot too. An AI and a m
This collection of 16 stories, three of which are new, explore themes of what it means to be human whilst trying to survive disease, disaster, war and genocide, and oppressive governments. The stories are dark and gritty, set in worlds with strange diseases, weird biotech and bioengineering, and societies that subvert expectations.

Hurley doesn't write conventionally pretty, dainty women. Her women are battle-scarred and haunted, strong and rough. They're grizzled swamp-dwelling sorceresses. They
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my first book of Hurley's short stories, the second book of hers that I've read (The Stars are Legion is one of my absolute faves), and I'm glad to report that in MEET ME IN THE FUTURE, she continues to melt my mind. Kameron invites us into her imagination, each story vividly realized with characters who are impossible to not care about. I have a few standout faves that I'll likely return to when I need a diverse AF sci-fi pick-me-up. One of the things I really liked was the recurrence o ...more
Pamela Scott
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing

ARC from @TachyonPub and voluntarily reviewed

I’ve only read one book by the author, Apocalypse NYX. I clearly have been missing out. I love short story collections. I try to read a few every year. A short story is perfect for reading in small dibs and drabs. I don’t often read science fiction so wasn’t sure what to expect her. I enjoyed every story in this collection. Some of the stories are based on characters and events from her other fiction which made
Graham Vingoe
Jul 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Meet Me in The Future is the first book I've completed by Kameron Hurley, who is one of the most engaging columnists in the field today. There is a lot of good stuff in there but overall I found it a bit of a slog to finish. Quality of the writing is high but there's only so much war-related content I can handle without getting a little bored. There are some great lines and images throughout many of the stories but I tend to prefer more idea-s orientated science-fiction (Ted Chiang for example). ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Kind of alright short story collection. I had already read Elephants and Corpses in another collection and was happy to read a continuation of it. This author in my opinion can write some pretty amazing science fiction but i do have some problems with the other stories. I could not really quite get the gist of a few but that might just be me. This collection is perfect for anyone into lgbt and different genders. Most of the stories are very heavy on the feminism.
Harry Jahnke
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Fun little collection of science-fantasy stories. I really appreciate Hurley's world building in such a limited space. Although, I will say that this collection left me a little wanting. A lot of these stories seem like great little pilots but I didn't really feel like there was anything I could sink my teeth into. A good distraction kind of book.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting collection of stories carrying Hurley's signature bio-horror- sci fi style and preoccupation with war, gender, and squishy things. Not exactly to my taste, but if you're a fan of her writing then I can highly recommend this collection.
C.M. Crockford
Reviewing for Shelf Awareness For Readers.
Jun 26, 2019 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
Short stories. Sampled. Impression – good quality science fiction. Maybe later.
Eliza Rapsodia
Jul 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
I GOT AN E-ARC by Edelweiss. I mean

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Kameron Hurley is the author of The Light Brigade, The Stars are Legion and the essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, as well as the award-winning God’s War Trilogy and The Worldbreaker Saga. Hurley has won the Hugo Award, Locus Award, Kitschy 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 Morn ...more