Review: Meet Me in The Future

Come meet Kameron Hurley in a future you could never have imagined: where a body-hopping mercenary avenges his pet elephant, and an orphan falls in love with a sentient starship, and a swamp-dwelling introvert tries to save the world—from her plague-casting former wife.

Meet Me in the Future

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, sticky futures that are messy and hopeful and maudlin all at the same time.” And, her stories are just that. Gooey, icky, sticky. Messy, hopeful, maudlin. They are so much like life that they feel like they could be happening now. Except for the whole body jumping, floating cities, and sentient biological spaceships thing.

Meet Me in the Future is possible the best short story collection I’ve ever picked up. Period. After every story I turned to my husband and said “no wait, that’s the best one.” I stopped writing starred ratings of individual stories after about the 5th 5 star review.

I was particularly fond of one of the stories that comes early in the book. When We Fall is a short story about a future in which sentient biological spaceships are a part of our universe. The story revolves around a down on her luck technician who has the misfortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and be involved in a nearly deadly mishap with a warship that contains an AI operating system. This is a story of love, connection, and humanity. It is also a story about healing, both physically and mentally. It is beautifully rendered and the world she builds, even in such a short amount of words, is vivid. You connect with Aisha, the aforementioned technician, as easily as you would a character set in the modern day. Questions of home and belonging and love and what it means to be real are all at the heart of this story.

What did it mean that I felt more connection with a ship’s avatar – the avatar of a ship that nearly killed me! – than I did with another human being? Did it mean anything? Did it matter?

Kameron Hurley “When We Fall”

All of the short stories that Hurley presents are similarly engaging. They tackle similar questions. She never shies away from the big questions. What makes us human? How do we connect with each other? How do we feel about the fleetingness and fragility of the human body? What is the difference between being alive and living?

I wanted these stories to go on forever. I can’t recommend Meet Me in the Future highly enough. A 5 star collection of short stories. Thank you to Tachyon Publications and Netgalley for the eARC for review! See Tachyon Publications for more information on where to pick this up collection when is published in August!

5/5 Stars

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