MAC'S BACKS S/F BOOK CLUB DISCUSSES ALIEN VIRUS LOVE DISASTER
Mac's Backs Sci Fi Book Club discusses Alien Virus Love Disaster by Abbey Mei Otis on January 17th at 7 p.m.
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.
Abbey Mei Otis 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, Tor.com, Barrelhouse, Gargoyle, and Story Quarterly, among other places.
"Otis actually belongs with writers like Kelly Link, who freely borrow genre materials to construct elegant literary fictions far more about character than spectacle. . . . As odd as these worlds are, they are populated by sharply drawn characters we come to care about through Otis' luminescent prose." -- Gary K. Wolfe, Chicago Tribune
"Dreamy but with an intense physicality that belies the violence behind the longing."-- Everdeen Mason, Washington Post Book World