World Running Down


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$17.99  $16.73
Angry Robot
Publish Date
5.2 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Al Hess is the author of the self-published post-apocalyptic Travelers series and the 1930s flavoured dystopian series, Hep Cats of Boise. When not hunched before a computer screen, Al can be found at his art desk. He does portraits in both pencil and oil paint, and loves drawing fellow authors' characters nearly as much as his own. He writes cozy and uplifting stories with queer, trans, and neurodiverse representation.


"World Running Down is a Valentine's Day release in the vein of Becky Chambers' cozy, progressive science fiction."
- Den of Geek

"A profoundly charming, funny, romantic, and endearing read."
- Buzzfeed

"Spunky, scrappy, and earnest, the heroes--both human and AI--of Hess's wildly entertaining latest make pitch-perfect guides through a dystopian near-future... Hess uses android bodies to offer additional insight into the trans experience, focusing on issues of autonomy and self-discovery... A rip-roaring adventure plot helmed by characters whose vitality and hope one can't help but root for. Fans of speculative fiction and inventive queer stories will delight in this playful and lovingly crafted romp."
- Publishers Weekly

"A piercing mix of relevant social commentary braided into a riveting scifi adventure."
- Sunyi Dean, author of The Book Eaters

"Hess's debut makes me glad I'm a reader because I couldn't have gotten this story any other way. Books, like Hess's characters, still dare to love."
- R.W.W. Greene, author of Twenty-Five to Life

"Hess's story asks big questions about selfhood, identity and consciousness with sweetness and verve and a big dollop of queer love. A rousing and touching read."
- Khan Wong, author of The Circus Infinite

"Get ready for a wildly fun trans sci-fi adventure"
- BookRiot

"It poured warmth and light into my chest brighter than the biggest Steward's Eye. I can't do it justice. The characters are my children - I have adopted them all. All of them. I am their found family."
- Kel Russell, Independent Bookseller

"Full of adventure, charm, and deeply human insights, the world in Hess's World Running Down is an apocalypse you won't want to leave."
- Seth Fried, author of The Municipalists