Alien Virus Love Disaster: Stories

Abbey Mei Otis (Author)
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Philip K. Dick Award finalist

Washington Post Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2018

Abbey Mei Otis's short stories are contemporary fiction at its strongest: taking apart the supposed equality that is clearly just not there, putting humans under an alien microscope, putting humans under government control, putting kids from the moon into a small beach town and then the putting the rest of the town under the microscope as they react in ways we ope they would, and then, of course, in ways we'd hope they don't. Otis has long been fascinated in using strange situations to explore dynamics of power, oppression, and grief, and the twelve stories collected here are at once a striking indictment of the present and a powerful warning about the future.

"After I read this book, I woke up with bumpy, reddish growths along my spine. They burst, releasing marvels: aliens, robots, prefab houses, vinyl, chainlink, styrofoam, star stuff, tales from the edge of eviction, so many new worlds. Alien Virus Love Disaster is a super-intelligent infection. Let Abbey Mei Otis give you some lumps."
-- Sofia Samatar, author of Tender

Product Details

Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Small Beer Press
Publish Date
August 21, 2018
Pages
256
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.6 X 8.4 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781618731494
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About the Author

Abbey Mei Otis is a writer and teaching artist who lives in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. Her work has been published in Tin House, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Barrelhouse, Gargoyle, and Story Quarterly, among other places.

Reviews

Praise For Alien Virus Love Disaster

"Otis actually belongs with writers like Kelly Link, who freely borrow genre materials to construct elegant literary fictions far more about character than spectacle. . . . As odd as these worlds are, they are populated by sharply drawn characters we come to care about through Otis' luminescent prose." -- Gary K. Wolfe, Chicago Tribune

"Dreamy but with an intense physicality that belies the violence behind the longing."-- Everdeen Mason, Washington Post Book World

"It's a collection that will keep your heart half in your throat and half in your toes, and I recommend it." -- Tor.com

"In these stories, yes, there are aliens, robots, sex dungeons, chicken puppets, ghosts, and blobs of unknown origin and nature. But there is also tenderness and the absence of it. There is prose that delights. There are plastic people, and people not sure if they can bleed. What these stories do best is sci-fi. What these stories do best is love. And if you need to distinguish between the two, then Abbey Mei Otis is here to deny you. For if barriers between what is 'science fiction' and what is 'literature' haven't already broken down, then this collection is Abbey Mei Otis burying a glowing-neon hammer into that tired beige wall."-- Columbia Journal

"Many of the stories share an emphasis on physicality and embodiment, whether it be bodies distorted by alien environments or artifacts or people thrown into their own bodies through suffering at other, human hands. . . . highly recommended for anyone interested in weird fiction, sf, or just a breathtaking reading experience." -- Booklist (starred review)

"Abbey Mei Otis's stories are incandescently dark, if you can imagine such a thing (but maybe only she can). Full of danger and strangeness, but written in carbonated and astounding prose that is all her own, these stories create worlds and will make you contemplate (and worry about) our own." -- Elizabeth McCracken, author of Thunderstruck & Other Stories

"These are amazing, electric stories--you can feel the live wire sizzling in them from the first sentence, and you know you're about to take a wild, unforgettable trip. Abbey Mei Otis is my favorite kind of writer: her worlds are uniquely strange yet eerily relatable, and she knows how to make you laugh and weep at the same time." -- Dan Chaon, author of Ill Will

"Abbey Mei Otis deposits the reader in bargain bin worlds remaindered from the near futures of the more fortunate, worlds filled with space junk and toxic glitter, gel candy and gutted elk. These are stories for the many, for lovers and mourners, for those who want to split their minds from their bodies and those who know how to merge their organs in a single skin. In Alien Virus Love Disaster, language itself is in phase change. This book is a volatile, dangerous gift." -- Joanna Ruocco, author of Dan

"After I read this book, I woke up with bumpy, reddish growths along my spine. They burst, releasing marvels: aliens, robots, prefab houses, vinyl, chainlink, styrofoam, star stuff, tales from the edge of eviction, so many new worlds. Alien Virus Love Disaster is a super-intelligent infection. Let Abbey Mei Otis give you some lumps." -- Sofia Samatar, author of Tender

"Abbey Mei Otis speaks for a generation of people with fractured futures and complicated hopes. It is a collection about right now." -- Maureen F. McHugh, author of After the Apocalypse

"The aliens have already arrived in 'Blood Blood.' Abbey Mei Otis has them visiting in a way we've seldom seen before in genre science-fiction: Not as hunters, conquerors or even ambassadors, but as wildlife observers. . . . As brilliant as this cosmos and narrative is, Otis also manages to supply rich characterizations. It's a concept sci-fi piece that tries something new and succeeds on every level." --Matt Funk, Full Stop