Alien Virus Love Disaster: Stories (Paperback)

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If you like Slaughterhouse-Five this brilliantly bonkers collection is for you! Reading Abbey Mei Otis’s work is like falling into a dystopian Wonderland or joining a rave while watching the Moon crash into Earth. Within these pages you will find stories that are terrifyingly human in their impossibility and you will spend many wonderful hours pondering the mournful yet darkly comical realities which populate them. This is a book whose treasures will stay curled in your mind long after you have finished reading. All lovers of speculative fiction and bizarre sci-fi should be running to grab a copy! Must read stories: Alien Virus Love Disaster, Moonkids, Teacher, Not an Alien Story, and I’m Sorry Your Daughter Got Eaten by a Cougar.

— From Zach's Quick Bits & Lyrics (Holiday 2018)


Philip K. Dick Award finalist

Washington Post Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2018

Abbey Mei Otis's short stories are contemporary fiction at its strongest: taking apart the supposed equality that is clearly just not there, putting humans under an alien microscope, putting humans under government control, putting kids from the moon into a small beach town and then the putting the rest of the town under the microscope as they react in ways we ope they would, and then, of course, in ways we'd hope they don't. Otis has long been fascinated in using strange situations to explore dynamics of power, oppression, and grief, and the twelve stories collected here are at once a striking indictment of the present and a powerful warning about the future.

"After I read this book, I woke up with bumpy, reddish growths along my spine. They burst, releasing marvels: aliens, robots, prefab houses, vinyl, chainlink, styrofoam, star stuff, tales from the edge of eviction, so many new worlds. Alien Virus Love Disaster is a super-intelligent infection. Let Abbey Mei Otis give you some lumps."
-- Sofia Samatar, author of Tender

About the Author

Abbey Mei Otis is a writer and teaching artist who lives in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of the Clarion West Writers Workshop and received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas. Her work has been published in Tin House, Strange Horizons,, Barrelhouse, Gargoyle, and Story Quarterly, among other places.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781618731494
ISBN-10: 1618731491
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Publication Date: August 21st, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English