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Stories of Tomorrow
Série: Forward Collection, Livre 1-6
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For some, it’s the end of the world. For others, it’s just the beginning. With brilliant imagination, today’s most visionary writers point to the future in a collection curated by bestselling author Blake Crouch. These stories range from darkly comic to deeply chilling, but they all look forward. Featuring stories by Andy Weir, Amor Towles, Veronica Roth, N. K. Jemisin, Paul Tremblay, and Blake Crouch; with narration by Evan Rachel Wood, David Harbour, Jason Isaacs, Rosa Salazar, Steven Strait, and Janina Gavankar.

ARK, by Veronica Roth, read by Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)

On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose, in a story of cataclysm and hope by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy.

It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalog plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond. Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection.

SUMMER FROST, by Blake Crouch, read by Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel)

A video game developer becomes obsessed with a willful character in her new project, in a mind-bending exploration of what it means to be human by the New York Times bestselling author of Recursion.

Maxine was made to do one thing: die. Except the minor non-player character in the world Riley is building makes her own impossible decision - veering wildly off course and exploring the boundaries of the map. Soon Riley has all new plans for her spontaneous AI, including bringing Max into the real world. But what if Max has real-world plans of her own?

EMERGENCY SKIN, by N. K. Jemisin, read by Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery)

What will become of our self-destructed planet? The answer shatters all expectations in this subversive speculation from the Hugo Award-winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy.

An explorer returns to gather information from a climate-ravaged Earth that his ancestors, and others among the planet’s finest, fled centuries ago. The mission comes with a warning: a graveyard world awaits him. But so do those left behind - hopeless and unbeautiful wastes of humanity who should have died out ages ago. Get in. Get out. And try not to stare.

YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION, by Amor Towles, read by David Harbour (Stranger Things)

Nature or nurture? Neither. Discover a bold new way to raise a child in this unsettling story of the near future by the New York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow.

When Sam’s wife first tells him about Vitek, a twenty-first-century fertility lab, he sees it as the natural next step in trying to help their future child get a “leg up” in a competitive world. But the more Sam considers the lives that his child could lead, the more he begins to question the choices he has made in his life.

THE LAST CONVERSATION, by Paul Tremblay, read by Steven Strait (The Expanse)

What’s more frightening: Not knowing who you are? Or finding out? A Bram Stoker Award-winning author explores the answer in a chilling story about human consciousness.

Imagine you’ve woken up in an unfamiliar room with no memory of who you are, how you got there, or where you were before. All you have is the disconnected voice of an attentive caretaker. Dr. Kuhn is there to help you - physically, emotionally, and psychologically. She’ll make sure you reclaim your lost identity. Now answer one question: Are you sure you want to?

RANDOMIZE, by Andy Weir, read by Janina Gavankar (True Blood)

In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian.

An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house.

©2019 Ark © 2019 by Veronica Roth. Summer Frost © 2019 by Blake Crouch. Emergency Skin © 2019 by N. K. Jemisin. You Have Arrived at Your Destination © 2019 by Amor Towles. The Last Conversation © 2019 by Paul Tremblay. Randomize © 2019 by Andy Weir. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • John W
  • 2020-02-15

Very weird ride

So, I often don't like short story anthologies, and especially don't like reviewing them, because some of the stories are almost always significantly better than others (that's even true when they're all by a single author). I'm also more of a novel/novella reader than a short story reader, because I tend to feel like short stories are lacking something in their resolutions. With those two general caveats, here's my attempt to review this collection.

First off (and probably most important for an audiobook), the performances were great. Some of them were better than others, especially in terms of differentiating character voices, and I found some of the voices preferable to others for whatever reason, but none of their voices are grating on the nerves, and they all read well and at good paces (and reading properly is more important to me than doing good character voices).

But the stories are a mixed bag (3 stars is the average - hence that rating both for story and overall - I did not like some of them). In descending order:
"Ark" (the first) was good - it left me simultaneously satisfied and wanting more. I don't understand the hate it gets - people say it's boring, but the story is entirely about the characters and what it is to face the end of the world. It's not about the action. 5 stars!
"Randomize" (the last) was at least entertaining - I just felt like it was a bit underdeveloped and rushed and didn't really explore the implications of what it was dealing with. I was mostly, but not fully, satisfied, and definitely wanted more. 4.25 stars.
"Emergency Skin" (the third) was decent, especially considering how hard it is to do second-person present perspective (it's probably the best attempt at it I've ever seen), but it felt a bit preachy and also a bit underdeveloped (I now know NK Jemisin's political views, because one of the characters told us that's the way to an ideal society, but the proof of that was lacking), and it cut off at a weird point. I was not fully satisfied, but I may have been satisfied if there had been more. 3.5 stars.
"You Have Arrived at Your Destination" (the fourth) was okay for a while, but then it spun out of control and ended way too jarringly and on the wrong foot. Weird ending, wasn't satisfied, but I at least found myself wanting to see where things went beyond it. 3 stars.
"The Last Conversation" (the fifth) wasn't jarring, but it had the opposite problem - it was predictable. Attempted second-person present, but didn't do it as well as "Emergency Skin." And it was creepy. Creepy predictable and something lacking in the its ? Not a good mix, at least not for me. But it wasn't terrible. Because the conclusion was as expected, the story was at least done, but I did not find myself wanting anything more to do with it and kind of wished I hadn't spent the time. 2 stars.
"Summer Frost" (the second), well, it's a weird case. This is worth a kind-of spoiler warning - I'm not going to say how it ended, but I am going to describe how the ending felt. I thought I was going to like it. I initially thought it was striking a good balance between being predictable and being jarring. It was moody at times, but also optimistic. Then it ended. Jarringly, creepily, on a major downer. Presumably, it's meant to be a plot twist, but wrapping things up on such a big plot twist and tone shift left me saying, "Wait, what? What did I just listen to?" And it left some plot holes. Not satisfying, and I wanted my time back. 1 star.

I mention them in descending order of rating, and therefore put "Summer Frost" last, because my assessment of "Summer Frost" kind of sums up how I felt about the experience as a whole, and why my overall rating matches the story rating despite liking the readers so well. It was a jarring book on the whole - a weird ride, as I put it in my title. Lovely, poignant piece, followed by a "wait, what the heck did I just listen to?", followed by fun and overly optimistic, followed by odd piece that degenerates weirdly somewhere in the middle, followed by creepy but predictable, followed by some fun, but short, entertainment. Kind of felt like the order was intended, so as to give the listener emotional whiplash. So overall, the collection was okay, and some parts were even good, but I wanted about half of my 8 and a half hours back.

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  • pamela
  • 2019-10-15

Three out of Six

As with all collections of short stories some are better than others. I found three out of six stories in this book to be worth using a credit. IMO the best story in the collection was Emergency Skin. I enjoyed Summer Frost enough to listen to it again some day, and I liked The Last Conversation. I found the first story in the collection Ark, boring. I didn't care for the character in the story one way or another and didn't have a strong feeling about the decision made at the end of the story by that character. The last story Randomize was just okay. The ending of You Have Arrived in my opinion was disappointing. All of the narrators did a very good job.

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  • Jonah
  • 2020-01-09

Great Collection (especially Emergency Skin)

This collection has a few forgettable (though no bad) short stories. But Emergency Skin by NK Jemisin and You Have Arrived at Your Destibation by Amor Towels are well worth the price of admission. That said, there’s enough variety for all types of fans and the performances are all excellent.

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  • Cynthia R Phillips
  • 2020-01-05

...mixed review for a mixed bag

All of the stories were thought provoking and had characters which I could connect with. The writing was evocative, illuminating and compelling. The only narrator I could not listen to (I ended up actually reading the story) was Evan Rachel Ward reading Ark.

Post production complaint: A few second space between each title would have been preferable, allowing for some abduction time for each story.

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  • William Vaughan
  • 2020-01-28

A great mix of stories!

I found this collection of short stories enjoyable and a good mix. I was happy to discover that no two were similar in any way and each had great characters and unique stories. I hope to find more collections like this as it was a nice break from listening to a complete novel at a go.

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  • Theresa
  • 2019-11-17

*shrug*

I've never gotten along with short stories, but I decided to give this one a try just the same. Not worth it. I found the first story dull as dirt and I skipped half of it, and the ending was kind of anti-climatic. With the second, I ran into another thing I don't get along with, something I am tired to death of, which is first-person, present tense. Please stop, writers. PLEASE. It takes a very unique talent to make that work for me and most of you don't have it. That one was a skip. The 3rd, Jemisin's story, was interesting enough and at least held my attention, and it had a very good reader. I quit halfway through the fourth. These stories were just not doing it for my perhaps overly discriminating tastes. Damned shame Audible's atrocious (patronizing, condescending) tech support made me use all my remaining credits and cut off my subscription after 18 years, otherwise I would return this for a refund/exchange. My mistake, getting it at all, knowing my own reading habits. Onward to the next book....

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-21

eh. some were way better than others

it was ok, nothing special. passed the time, but that was about it. had to skip a bit cause some spots were just so slow and boring.

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  • Darla Deen
  • 2020-01-30

Loved these sci-fi short stories.

Each was very different and thought provoking. This was one of my favorite listens in my 4 years with Audible. I would love a sequel with even more stories.

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  • CJ
  • 2019-10-28

Listen to this.....NOW!

As a relatively new fan of speculative fiction (but a devotee of N.K. Jemisin), I found these stories are wonderful, fantastic, brilliant, amazing, etc., etc., etc. Do yourself a favor and listen. Right now!

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  • Cy Hy
  • 2020-01-13

That was fun!

I coulda done without a lot of the tech jargon stuff in the last one, but I loved all of them. Definitely something I'll read again soon.

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