24 June 2013
Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories: released on 24 June 2013.
In this enchanting and sometimes gruesome collection of short stories, New Zealand author RJ Astruc tells several intertwined tales, about the libertine engineer Val, the thief Bink Ottoman, the all-powerful a-class AI RESYS, the famous international terrorist Bouboucar Bottle and the not as well-known international terrorist Katya Sushi, and a whole cast of airship dwellers, Interpol agents, geneticists, mutants, holograms, and others living on the cutting edge of morality.
What people are saying about Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories:
There are zero teddy bears having zero picnics in this book, and in fact I am now a little frightened that Astruc will see this comment and write a story about a teddy bear picnic of betrayal, greed, and casual experimentation on live subjects.
…These stories won’t be to everyone’s taste; nothing is. But they’re very well-handled and doing something that will probably appeal to people who wanted to like Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, whether they found that work successful or not.
—Marissa Lingen, “Signs Over the Pacific and Other Stories, by R. J. Astruc,” Novel Gazing Redux, 11 June 2013.
Table of Contents:
Signs Over the Pacific
Faceless in Halukan
The Bad Thing
Greenwich Mean Time Plus
Katya in Quarantine
The Future of Lole San Paulo
How You Make the Straight
Mother & Daughter
Other work by RJ Astruc available online:
- “Regret Incorporated” (with Andy Astruc), Daily Science Fiction, 27 September 2011.
- “Johnny and Babushka,” Electric Spec, 30 November 2010.
- “The Perfume Eater,” Strange Horizons, 16 July 2007.
- Find a more complete list at the author’s website.