Gabe’s life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skip tracer. This already almost impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first score, a young girl who won’t speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine.
Winner of the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.
In the near future water falls from the sky whenever someone lies (either a mist or a torrential flood depending on the intensity of the lie). This makes life difficult for Matt as he maneuvers the marriage question with his lover and how best to “come out” to his traditional Chinese parents.
This short story was acquired for Tor.com by consulting editor .
As a paleontologist lies in a coma, his fiancée tells him how things would be different if he were a .
From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world—and the beginning of our future.
Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.
But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together—to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.
A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.
An odd face appears on Dave Murphy’s computer screen, informing him he’s been chosen to rescue the world. Dave (aka Jo-el) believes his computer has been hacked and it’s just a demand for money, but slowly he’s drawn into the bizarre requests from this strange individual and he embarks on a journey that changes him into the most powerful person on Earth.
What is the catastrophe facing the planet? How will Dave convince the governments of the world to believe him? As he experiments with the staggering technology he’s given, he chooses a path that puts him at odds with the CIA and FBI and all the world’s most evil criminals.
The computer system, sent to monitor Earth millions of years ago, communicates with Dave through a perfect, holographic image of a beautiful woman. She becomes jealous of his affairs and their relationship is strained to breaking point. Has our reluctant Superhero, Jo-el, made the right decisions to save planet Earth?
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