|Lonely AIs, Peruvian parasites, graffiti activists and far-future memory swapping meet in Future Tides, a collection of all Christopher Ruz's short works from 2007 to 2011. Cyberpunk and space opera sit side by side with award-winning tales of heroin addiction and swords-and-sorcery fantasy in this 18 story, 60,000 word compilation. Future Tides includes three previous collections - PAST THE BORDERS, THE KING & OTHER STORIES, and NOTHING TOO DANGEROUS - as well as an exclusive scifi short: FRONT PAGE CAPTION.
It's difficult to explain the complexity of these stories without spoiling, but I thoroughly recommend Future Tides..
It's a great read....Any one of the stories such as 'Black Rain', 'They Trade in Eyes' or 'Occupied' are worth the criminally low admission price.
...seriously, just buy this book. You're missing out if you don't. It's 2716 pages of awesome.
|In Past the Borders, the first science fiction collection by Christopher Ruz, six pieces of speculative fiction explore the boundaries of space opera, cyberpunk, and far-future body horror. And in The King & Other Stories, the second collection by Christopher Ruz, five pieces of contemporary fiction and modern counter-culture literature are combined into one exciting package.
Christopher Ruz's signature style returns in top form with pared-down prose and imagery that hits straight at the gut...
slick, accomplished, and not a word over budget....
An exceptional first work... concise and impeccably crafted.
|In What You Bring Back, Bill Harrigan is dying. The doctors insist old Bill has Alzheimer's, which his son Andrew can't believe - his father was healthy only months before, spending his retirement hiking through the Andes. But maybe there's more to Bill's sickness... something insidious that even Andrew can't see. Something that's eating him from the inside out.
And in They Trade in Eyes, Alicia has a problem. If she wants a job that isn't waiting tables, if she wants to be a somebody instead of a nobody, she needs new eyes. Cobalt plated units with laser-blue irises that can interpret petabytes of data at a glance and record every moment of your life. But when eye-swapping - and, in turn, memory-swapping - becomes the new street fad, a black market in second-hand eyes flowers overnight... And when there's nobody willing to trade in their eyes? Business is business. Someone has to make a killing.
|In The Last Broadcast, the colony ship known as the Vale has been spiralling towards Epsilon Eridani for four millennia. Barry - the semi-sentient AI set to guard its frozen human cargo - has had a long time to question the nature of his mission. Does he have a greater purpose, some secret mission buried in his source code? He has another eighteen thousand years to find the answer. In the meantime, he's growing bored, and idle hands are the devil's playthings...
And in Black Rain, a storm is sweeping in, dark enough to swallow the world. Now Liri and her terrified husband are trapped inside their apartment, watching the lights on the hill vanish behind the rain. There's no power, no phone signal, Liri is sick and the taps are running black... Is there any way to escape this apocalypse? Or will the end of the world be heralded not by trumpets, but by the drumming of rain?
|In Whispers, the world is changing around you. Have you ever woken in the middle of the night and thought that your bedroom was a little smaller than when you went to sleep? That the air tasted different? Have you ever held someone and know they weren't the person you held yesterday? It's true, all of it. None of us are safe. And what I did... I had to do it. You believe me, don't you?
And in Hercule and the Doctor, Harold has spent twenty years obsessing over the night when his little sister vanished into the decrepit mansion known as the Bonehouse. Now, Harold is a middle-aged Agatha Christie aficionado, still wondering what might have been if he'd only been a little braver that day, a little bit more like his childhood hero - the fourth Doctor. But when Harold meets an out-of-town cosplayer in full Tom Baker kit, he decides to do as the Doctor would have done and return to the Bonehouse in search of answers. Can one amateur thespian and one drunken science fiction fan really solve this mystery, and put little Elizabeth to rest?
|In The King, Derek and his misanthropic friends are having a competition. The terms: whoever suffers most, wins. And Derek, bullshit-artist extraordinare, plans to win... by quitting heroin while his friends watch. The only problem? Derek has never used heroin. And so, armed with nothing but with the help of his local dealer and a thorough understanding of Trainspotting, Derek begins the greatest performance of his life...
And in Long Way Home, Andrew accepts a posting to the distant mining colony of Markourya, where the air is acid and the skin of the planet ruptures daily, swallowing men and their APCs whole. Markourya is uninhabited but for the hundreds of engineers who spend their days laying down concrete and dodging the local fauna, trying to live out the length of their contracts. But there's something even more dangerous out in the Markourya gas-storms... something terrible and beautiful, drawing men like Andrew to their deaths...