The words were gentle strokes, drawing her awake.
“Hello. Â Hello there.”
She felt the light on her eyelids, and knew that if she opened her eyes they would sting, and she would have to shade them with her palm and let the light bleed through a crack.
“Feel like talking?” Â A man’s soft voice.
And then her mind cleared enough to wonder: who was this man at her bedside?
She tried to sigh, but no breath came. Â Her eyes flew open in alarm.
In the future, love is complicated. Â Technology moves ever forward. Â To be disconnected from the maze of social networking is to be an outcast.
Even death doesn’t have to be the end. Â An impossible love story is about to unfold between a hit-and-run victim and her killer.
Love Minus Eighty is a disquieting vision of our romantic future, as hopeful as it is horrifying, by Hugo Award-winning author, Will McIntosh.Â Imagining love and loss one hundred years into our future, it is both chilling and touching, and fits neatly into a canon of intelligent, mind-expanding science fiction such as Paolo Bacigalupiâ€™s The Windup Girl, Hunnu Rajaniemiâ€™s The Quantum Thief and Lauren Beukesâ€™ Zoo City.
Will McIntosh is admired for his inventive and subtle approach to science fiction, writing books as conceptually cool as they are deeply human.Â Love Minus Eighty is the expansion of a short story, for which he won the 2010 Hugo Award and was shortlisted for the Nebula.Â He is also the author of the novels Soft Apocalypse and Hitchers, out now in ebook.
Love Minus Eighty will be published by Orbit on June 11th 2013.