Six Months, Three Days, Five Others
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“A master absurdist… Highly recommended.”
—The New York Times
Before the success of her debut SF-and-fantasy novel All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders was a rising star in SF and fantasy short fiction. Collected in a mini-book format, here—for the first time in print—are six of her quirky, wry, engaging best:
In “The Fermi Paradox Is Our Business Model” aliens reveal the terrible truth about how humans were created—and why we’ll never discover aliens.
“As Good as New” is a brilliant twist on the tale of three wishes, set after the end of the world. “Intestate” is about a family reunion in which some attendees aren’t quite human anymore—but they’re still family.
“The Cartography of Sudden Death” demonstrates that when you try to solve a problem with time travel, you now have two problems.
“Six Months, Three Days” is the story of the love affair between a man who can see the one true foreordained future, and a woman who can see all the possible futures. They’re both right, and the story won the 2012 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.
And “Clover”, exclusively written for this collection, is a coda to All the Birds in the Sky, answering the burning question of what happened to Patricia’s cat.