Twenty-three stories from one of science fiction’s up-and-coming stars, Pushcart and Journey Prize-nominated author Rich Larson.
Welcome to the Tomorrow Factory.
On your left, post-human hedonists on a distant space station bring diseases back in fashion, two scavengers find a super-powered parasite under the waves of Sunk Seattle, and a terminally-ill chemist orchestrates an asteroid prison break.
On your right, an alien optometrist spins illusions for irradiated survivors of the apocalypse, a high-tech grifter meets his match in near-future Thailand, and two teens use a blackmarket personality mod to get into the year’s wickedest, wildest party.
This collection of published and original fiction by award-winning writer Rich Larson will bring you from a Bujumbura cyberpunk junkyard to the icy depths of Europa, from the slick streets of future-noir Chicago to a tropical island of sapient robots. You'll explore a mysterious ghost ship in deep space, meet an android learning to dream, and fend off predatory alien fungi on a combat mission gone wrong.
Twenty-three futures, ranging from grimy cyberpunk to far-flung space opera, are waiting to blow you away.
So step inside the Tomorrow Factory, and mind your head.
Larson compiles a provocative collection of 23 strange futures that include poetry and pithy flash fiction as well as longer visits to fluid virtual realms and remote alien worlds. Some rework old ideas into new shapes, including the time-travel adventure "Every So Often," the long con of "You Make Pattaya," and the broken planet hidden by virtual reality of "Atrophy." "All That Robot Shit" has a familiar friendship along the lines of Robinson Crusoe and Robot Friday, and parents use technology to "perfect" their child in "Edited." Other stories, including "Extraction Request," "Brute," and "Capricorn," deliver straight-up action and violence with gritty cybertech settings. Larson's range spreads from the outrageous teen partiers of "Motherfucking Retroparty Freestyle" to the murky undersea world of aquatic aliens in "Innumerable Glimmering Lights." His colorful settings create strong backdrops for characters striving for goals small and large. This vibrant collection will give thoughtful readers plenty of entertainment.