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:
Elephants and Corpses is an enthralling look at death and what comes after. We get a dual perspective: one from a body mercenary who can transfer into dead bodies, the other from a body manager who can speak to the dead. The delicate balance of life and death is blatantly ripped apart, leaving behind a conversation on the importance of living your life.
Our Faces, Radiant Sisters, Our Faces Full of Light! is a great bit of flash fiction, detailing the making of a hero. A woman ventures out into a monster-filled wilderness to protect her city. We see her bravery on display as she refuses to give up even though the odds are impossible. It’s a quick story but it tells so much about the timeline of a legend. We see that initial sacrifice, the rise to greatness, and the eventual faded reminder that still inspires even though the person is long forgotten.
The Light Brigade is a mind blowing tale examining alternate perspectives of the same war. We see the 24-hour news cycle convincing mankind that aliens are their doom when, in reality, we are our own worst enemy. The concept of traveling by light is fascinating, leaving stunning visuals amidst this fast-paced narrative. I was floored at how much character development was packed into this short of a space. It’s a true testament to Hurley’s abilities as a storyteller.
Meet Me in the Future: Stories
By Kameron Hurley
Published by Tachyon Publications
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.