NOMINATED FOR THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2018
New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson returns with a bold and brilliant vision of New York City in the next century.
As the sea levels rose, every street became a canal. Every skyscraper an island. For the residents of one apartment building in Madison Square, however, New York in the year 2140 is far from a drowned city.
There is the market trader, who finds opportunities where others find trouble. There is the detective, whose work will never disappear - along with the lawyers, of course.
There is the internet star, beloved by millions for her airship adventures, and the building's manager, quietly respected for his attention to detail. Then there are two boys who don't live there, but have no other home - and who are more important to its future than anyone might imagine.
Lastly there are the coders, temporary residents on the roof, whose disappearance triggers a sequence of events that threatens the existence of all - and even the long-hidden foundations on which the city rests.
Kim Stanley Robinson is a New York Times bestseller and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards. He is the author of more than twenty books, including the bestselling Mars trilogy and the critically acclaimed Forty Signs of Rain, The Years of Rice and Salt and 2312. In 2008, he was named a "Hero of the Environment" by Time magazine, and he works with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute. He lives in Davis, California.
In the opening story of this extraordinary collection, "California Burning," a man must come to terms with a strange truth about his dead father, whose corpse refuses to be cremated. In "Snow in Dirt," a man finds the woman of his dreams buried in a state of suspended animation in his garden. The burned-out fashion designer in "Hymenoptera" receives new inspiration when a chest-high, eight-foot-long wasp shows up in his studio. And in stories like "Twenty-two and You," "The Roberts," and "Know How Can Do," Blumlein explores the consequences--sometimes humorous, sometimes horrific--of scientific technologies such as genetic manipulation and the creation of artificial life.
Varying widely in theme and subject matter, these stories showcase the breadth and power of Michael Blumlein's vision and once again reveal him to be one of the most original and fascinating of contemporary writers. They are stories that skirt the boundaries of fantasy, science fiction and horror, existing in a genre uniquely the author's own.
This volume brings together all the short fiction published by Blumlein in the three decades since the original appearance of his award-winning collection The Brains of Rats (1989), including two stories published here in book form for the first time.
The politics and terrors of biotech, human engineering, and brain science are highlighted in this selection of short stories with Michael Blumlein's signature mix of fantasy, science fiction, horror, and wicked humor. The title piece, "Thoreau's Microscope," is a stunning mix of hypothesis and history, in which the author inhabits Thoreau's last days to explore the politics of impersonal science and personal liberation--a journey as illuminating as it is disturbing.
Michael Blumlein is a medical doctor and a respected SF writer, whose novels and stories have introduced new levels of both horror and wonder into the fiction of scientific speculation. His work as a cutting-edge medical researcher and internist at San Francisco's UCSF Medical Center informs his acclaimed stories and novels as they explore what it means to be truly--if only temporarily--human.
"Blumlein has an exceptional vision, and he conveys it with exceptional talent." -- Washington Post
"Blindingly brilliant . . . Blumlein is beyond any genre . . . a genuinely great writer." --Katherine Dunn, author, Geek Love
"A wonderful and disturbing writer." --William Gibson
"Offbeat and unpredictable . . . a talent that bears watching." -- Publishers Weekly
"Disturbing. More!" --Joe Lansdale, creator, Hap and Leonard
"The title piece, original to the collection, creates a delightfully strange atmosphere of simultaneous intimacy and intellectual detachment in an autobiographical first-person narrative of how a doctor deals with the 'morbid curiosity' of experiencing his own cancer as both patient and professional." -- Publishers Weekly