Nancy’s most recent short story is “Blessings” in John Joseph Adams’s THE END HAS COME (Broad Reach Publishing, 2015), the third volume of the Apocalypse Trilogy, in which writers portray the coming, arrival, and aftermath of their chosen apocalypses (the other two books are THE END IS NIGH and THE END IS NOW). Nancy’s apocalypse is an unexpected one.
A number of new short stories will appear in the next few months –
“Cocoons” in Jonathan Strahan’s MEETING INFINITY (Solaris, 2015)
“Belief” in FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, in the spring of 2016
“The Aliens and Me” in THE 2016 YOUNG EXPLORER’S ADVENTURE GUIDE (Dreaming Robot Press, 2016), a book of science fiction stories aimed at middle-grade girls (This one was tremendous fun to write!)
“Machine Learning,” a story written for Microsoft, in FUTURE VISIONS: STORIES INSPIRED BY SCIENCE (specifically, by science that Microsoft is researching). The limited-run print book will not be available to the public, but the eBook will be, as of November 17, 2015
Nancy is pleased to be named a Writers of the Future judge. This contest provides encouragement and publication to the best of the upcoming crop of young writers.
Out September 30, 2015 from Subterranean Press: THE BEST OF NANCY KRESS. 200,000 words. Limited, signed edition.
Twenty-one stories, written over forty years and representing the best of Nancy Kress’s fiction. Contemporary fantasy, hard science fiction, sociological science fiction, and the odd unclassifiable. Three of these stories have won the Nebula, the Hugo, or both, and another four were nominees. The gorgeous cover, representing Anne Boleyn in “And Wild For To Hold,” is by Tom Canty.
“Nancy Kress is one of the best science-fiction writers working today. Her use of science is tricky and thought-provoking, her command of fiction sharp and full of feeling.”
—Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars Trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt Continue reading The Best of Nancy Kress
Winner of Nebula and LOCUS awards
Reviews of YESTERDAY’S KIN
“Science-fiction fans will luxuriate in the dystopian madness, while even nonfans will find an artful critique of humanity’s ability to cooperate in the face of a greater threat.”
Kress has proven that she can pack a huge amount of story into a small container (as with 2013’s title After the Fall Before the Fall, During the Fall), and here the author expertly explores one family’s experience of alien visitation.” —Library Journal
“Nancy Kress has always written stories as accessible to the novice as to the seasoned fan, and “Yesterday’s Kin” gets my vote as this summer’s most inviting introduction to science fiction for new readers.” —Gary K. Wolfe, Chicago Tribune
“Sparely constructed and cleverly resolved, “Yesterday’s Kin” provides everything readers need for an immersive plunge into a frightening, fascinating and inescapable predicament.” —Seattle Times
“Nancy Kress delivers one of the strongest stories of the year to date…. As with all of Kress’s work, this is very nicely crafted, with well-paced prose that carries you through the story, complex human characters, a compelling and conflict-driven human story, a clever twist partway through, and an even cleverer twist at the end.” —Gardner Dozois, editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction series
“Clear prose and deft strokes of character” —Locus
Aliens have landed in New York. After several months of no explanations, they finally reveal the reason for their arrival.
The news is not good.
Geneticist Marianne Jenner is having a career breakthrough, yet her family is tearing itself apart. Her children Elizabeth and Ryan constantly bicker, agreeing only that an alien conspiracy is in play. Her youngest, Noah, is addicted to a drug that keeps temporarily changing his identity. The Jenner family could not be further apart. But between the four of them, the course of human history will be forever altered.
Nine new stories from a long-time star of the science fiction field including the Hugo Award winner “The Erdmann Nexus” and Nebula Award winner “The Fountain of Age.” These stories have been reprinted in The Year’s Best Science Fiction, Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year, and Best of the Web.
Kress unpacks the future the way DNA investigators unravelled the double helix: one gene at a time. In many of these stories gene sculpting is illegal yet commonplace and the effects range between slow catastrophe (“End Game”), cosmic (“First Rites”), and tragic (“Safeguard”). Then there’s the morning when Rochester disappears and Jenny has to rely on “The Kindness of Strangers.” There’s Jill, who is kidnapped by aliens and trying to learn the “Laws of Survival.” And there’s Hope, whose Grandma is regretting the world built “By Fools Like Me.”
Winner of the Nebula Award
In 2035, all that is left of humanity lives in the Shell. No one knows why aliens attacked in 2014, devastated the environment, and nearly destroyed humanity. Or why the aliens imprisoned twenty-six survivors in a sterile enclosure built on the barren remains of the Earth. But those survivors are determined to not only survive but to flourish, no matter what that involves.
In 2013, the catastrophe has not yet struck. But FBI-consultant Julia Kahn has her own, personal catastrophe, as well as an unsolved string of child abductions to solve.
In 2014, things deep in the Earth are changing: tectonic plates, randomly mutated bacteria, deep-sea thermal vents.
Something is happening, in slow motion, with large manifestations and small, unstoppable. But no one knows what, or who is responsible, or what should be done. And everyone’s guesses are wrong.
(Tachyon Press, 2013)
Reviews of AFTER THE FALL, BEFORE THE FALL, DURING THE FALL
“Nebula- and Hugo-winner Kress mixes time travel, global catastrophe, and mysterious aliens in this strong post-apocalyptic tale…. Kress handles the crisscrossing timelines with cool elegance.”
“This isn’t the usual post-environmental apocalypse/alien invasion survival book…. Readers of science fiction and those interested in environmental issues will question the current wisdom about our environment and climate science, as well as how much effect humans may—or may not—have on the future.” —School Library Journal
“After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall is a highly intelligent, sublimely understated glimpse into humankind’s future—it’s comparable in thematic impact to Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s classic A Canticle for Leibowitz, and that is saying something. Simultaneously disheartening and inspiring, this novel’s ultimate power is very much like the mega-tsunami referenced within its pages—you won’t see it coming, but when it hits you, you will be swept away.”
—Barnes & Noble.com
“Nancy Kress packs a lot into a short novel of alien invasion, time travel, and ecological disaster…Kress makes us care about the characters as well as the fate of the whole planet.” –Denver Post
“Kress succeeds in tackling major themes—societal responsibility, the stewardship of the planet and mother love…. Recommended.” —The Guardian, U
“Superstar SF and fantasy author Nancy Kress returns with After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, an elegant novella that combines several wildly different science fiction ideas into a tight package. There’s a little bit of everything here: time travel, hard science, environmental collapse, aliens, post-apocalyptic dystopia. It may sound hard to combine all of these in such a short format, but Nancy Kress makes it work.”
“This story, of the terrible choices people must make in the face of ecological catastrophe, asks wrenching questions—‘What does it take to remain human? What is survival worth?’—and answers with the authority that Kress always brings to bear on both science and humanity.”
—Nicola Griffith, author of Slow River and Hild
The Collapse has ransacked the economy, making work almost impossible to find and forcing Amy from college hopeful to sole provider for her terminally-ill grandmother and rebellious younger sister. To make ends meet, Amy auditions for a slot on a new reality TV show, which promises both a hefty salary and full medical benefits for her entire family. Somehow, she gets chosen, and she leaps to sign a contract despite her misgivings.
The show in which she’ll take part has an irresistible premise: audience members can win millions by predicting the behavior of each member of the cast in a crisis. But the producers are willing to do anything to maintain ratings, including using blatant setups, 24/7 surveillance, and even state-of-the-art holographic technology to simulate danger. But soon, the danger becomes all too real, and Amy—on and off the camera—must fight for her life….
Roger has faced down Queens, barbarians, dangerous ghostly dogs and even armies. There is one challenge left: to stand against the mysterious Soulviners and their dangerous plans to dominate the Land of the Dead. His friends held captive, his true powers still undiscovered, it’s possible only the legendary bright and terrible sword can save them now …A fast-paced, character- and story-driven tale, this tale is packed with action, emotion and danger.
Whether it’s a curse or a blessing the fact remains: whenever Roger is in enough pain he can cross over to the Land of the Dead and speak to the people there. It’s an unexpected gift – and one that, throughout Roger’s life, has been taken advantage of; by his violent uncle, by the mysterious, malign Soulviners performing their dark magic on Soulvine Moor, and even by a Queen, fighting for her queendom with every possible weapon she can find. But not anymore. The dangerous life of Queen’s Fool is behind him, young Princess Stephanie sits on the throne, and Roger is living a life of his choosing. He, Maggie and Jee have a small, out of the way, increasingly prosperous inn, supported by their hard work. It’s a simple, industrious life …and it’s about to be destroyed. The war is not over. The savage invaders are back. And they’re looking for the boy who killed their leader. They’re looking for Roger.