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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
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published August 20th 2019 by Tachyon Publications
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Bradley
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
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Acqua
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.
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Silvana
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.
Sam
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars. Thanks to NetGalley and Tachyon Publications for providing me with an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was really expecting to love this book, but it sadly fell a bit short for me. I really liked the concept, and I enjoyed some of the individual stories, but overall, I found the experience of reading this collection to be a bit tedious. I think Hurley explores the same themes (such as gender and a a person's relationship with their own body) in a lot of her fictio
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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
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Jim
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.
Serena
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
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Corvus
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
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Littlebookterror
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
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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
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Ying
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)
-Gritty
-Post-apocalyptic

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
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Kim
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I am a big fan of Kameron Hurley maybe this review is biased ;) but honestly the collection is both alarming and amazing at the same time. Everything contained in this collection is beautifully written. If I had to relate this to something I would say it's close to Karin Tidbeck's Jagganath collection. Eerie, delicate, and at the same time a bit violent in parts. Almost like a grotesque interpretive dance that you cannot drag your eyes away from.

Some of these stories are tiny little bursts of
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Alex
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Kameron Hurley’s heart belongs to novels. Meet Me in the Future’s introduction tells the reader as much instantly. And yet this is her second collection (third, depending on whether you believe the book itself or Hurley’s Wikipedia). To that end, some parts of Meet Me in the Future are considerably stronger than others. These stories represent Hurley’s particular fascinations: womens’ place in society, the impermanence of bodies; plague and pathology. Some she communicates well in sparkling stor ...more
Patrick St-Denis
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Given how much I enjoyed Kameron Hurley's Apocalypse Nyx last year, you can imagine my enthusiasm when the folks at Tachyon emailed me a digital copy of her upcoming collection of short stories, Meet Me in the Future. It was pure delight to be reunited with Nyx and Rhys, if only for the span of five short fiction pieces. Apocalypse Nyx recaptured everything that made the Bel Dame Apocrypha such a memorable read.

Meet Me in the Future would be a totally different beast. Collected for the first tim
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Kend
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
Harrison Schweiloch
Aug 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Kameron Hurley is a treasure. I first heard about her on Ann Leckie’s blog a few years ago, when Leckie had gushed about Hurley’s The Stars Are Legion several months before it was published. When it finally came out, I got a copy from the library and was blown away. Her worldbuilding was so intricate and her characterization so amazing. I still find myself, years later, thinking about different scenes and being haunted by some of her imagery. (Also, I never stop smiling when I think of the alter ...more
Ali
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
Tina
This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

Short stories usually aren’t my genre of choice, but I love Kameron Hurley’s writing. She didn’t disappoint! These stories are imaginative, exciting, quick-paced and full of the visceral descriptions of violence and human (or alien) anatomy that are her marker. As with her novels, there are feminist overtones to her stories and inclusive takes on gender and sexuality. The collection is at times poignant, at oth
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Annie
Aug 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

Meet Me in the Future is a collection of 16 works of short fiction by Kameron Hurley. Released 20th Aug 2019 by Tachyon, it's 288 pages and available in paperback, audio, and ebook formats. All of the stories are previously published between 2006 and 2018, but collected here for the first time. The author has also written an erudite and thought provoking introduction (not previously published elsewhere) in which she discusses the writing process
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Elaine Aldred
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.

For me, engagement with characters in a story is very important. That the worlds Hurley’s characters walk in, no matter how strange or challenging, feel real means I have no tro
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Realms & Robots
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meet Me in the Future is a collection of brilliance filled with powerful central characters and staggering inventiveness. Hurley is undeniably one of the best science fiction authors of any time as evidenced by the punch each of these stories packs. There’s no time for dalliances in these works. They strike at the heart immediately, throwing us into any number of worlds that immediately make sense. It’s a treat to see this comprehensive glimpse into Hurley’s imagination.

A few of my favorites:

E
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Ana
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
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Lor
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
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Jen
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
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Delara
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
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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
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Troy
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kameron Hurley is one of the most interesting authors writing sci-fi right now. The vast majority of her writing revolves around organic matter and biology, whether it be human, insect or otherwise. This collection of short stories is not quite as good as the ones in Apocalypse Nyx, but I think that's mostly because those are focused around a single known character and so feel more cohesive. This collection is mostly hits with a couple of misses for me. I particularly enjoyed the two stories tha ...more
Doon
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loads of great stories in this collection, and I think overall a stronger collection than last year’s Apocalypse Nyx (also a great collection imho).

My personal favourites from Meet Me In The Future were:
Elephants and Corpses
The Red Secretary
The Fisherman and the Pig
The Plague Givers
Tumbledown
The Corpse Archives
The Light Brigade (which became the awesome novel which came out earlier this year).

I loved both The Plague Givers and Tumbledown so much I wanted them to be novel length, though all
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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
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