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Meet Me in the Future: Stories

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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, frequen(The—Publishers—,
Paperback, 332 pages
Published 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
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.

As yo
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.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Kameron Hurley has this incredible ability to occupy the spaces known to the science fiction canon but somehow occupy them subversively. Just like the novels I've read by her, the stories are violent and gritty, and not always hopeful.

Some favorites:

*Elephants and Corpses* could live in the universe of Altered Carbon but with a twist.

*The Plague Givers* deals with a fallout of a relationship that might have the power to destroy the world.

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 stories, but ...more
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 o
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 hav
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
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 med
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 Introduct
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 st
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 m
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 litt
Cheyanne Lepka
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So, this is going to be a short review, because I don’t have much to say other than these are fantastic! Go buy this collection.

Her writing is fascinating, and her imagination absolutely captivating. This collection has a good range of stories, some short, some long and all intriguing like you wouldn’t believe. Even weeks after reading them I find myself just thinking about some of her stories.

Overall a great collection, and one that I would recommend to absolutely anyone who loves
Bethany Bee
How does Hurley do it? An utterly ferocious, squicky, thoughtful collection. One story, "The Light Brigade" was expanded into a full novel, which is FANTASTIC, but part of me loves the short story more -- so much emotion, packed into such a small space.

Such a great, great read.
Ron Turner
Sep 22, 2019 rated it liked it
One of my new favorite authors. Worth it alone for the two Nev stories about a body-swapping mercenary who's seen far too much death.
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 t
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
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
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 poig
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, some history, what things
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
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:

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 he
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 a
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-alli, sci-fi
This was an absolutely wonderful read. Full of stories that blew my mind in a great and unexpected way, and I totally recommend this to fans of Tiptree or Le Guin.

The ones I liked best:
When We Fall: An emotional connection between a mechanic and a ship’s avatar? Beautiful, loved it, a really lovely little story about the possibilities of AI.

The Fisherman and The Pig: I love that Pig so much. This one speaks to the love of a pet and how much it means when they rememb
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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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