Amazon Publishing launches sci-fi short story collection

News - Publishing Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Forward will come from Amazon Original Stories in September, including work from authors Amor Towles, Blake Crouch, N K Jemisin and Veronica Roth

Amazon Original Stories, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, is launching a six-part science-fiction collection, featuring original short stories from Blake Crouch, N K Jemisin, Veronica Roth, Amor Towles, Paul Tremblay, and Andy Weir.

The collection, entitled Forward, will be available for free on 17 September to Prime and Kindle Unlimited customers. Readers can download the collection as a Kindle e-Book or Audible audiobook. Each story is available for download for non-subscribers beginning at around £1.50.

Forward explores a central theme: the resounding effects of a pivotal technological moment. While each author started with this same prompt, readers will discover that each story 'unearths a unique corner of the sci-fi genre, ranging from intimate to epic, grounded to far future, hopeful to harrowing.'

Andy Weir (Artemis, The Martian) imagines a high-tech Las Vegas casino heist; Paul Tremblay (The Cabin at the End of the World) immerses readers in a patient's mysteriously slow healing process; Amor Towles (A Gentleman in Moscow) explores a fertility clinic's god-like abilities to alter an unborn child's life path; Veronica Roth (Divergent trilogy) spins a story of finding connection in the face of our world's certain destruction; N K Jemisin (The Broken Earth series) subverts all expectations when an explorer returns to the ravaged Earth his ancestors fled; and Blake Crouch (Dark Matter) follows a video game designer whose character Maxine unexpectedly "wakes up."

Mikyla Bruder, publisher, Amazon Publishing, said: "Each story in the Forward collection stands alone as a singular achievement in science fiction, imagined by a storyteller at the top of their game. In this ambitious collection, these writers deliver a formidable reading experience that will delight their fans and thrill readers new to their work."

Julia Sommerfield, editorial director of Amazon Original Stories, said: "Amazon Original Stories is all about innovating on what storytelling looks like today, and Forward's all-star cast of beloved authors is helping us do just that. We think of our story collections as reading's answer to podcasts, and are proud to offer our readers—and listeners—fresh ways to fit binge-worthy narratives into their lives."

Pictured: Amor Towles

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