Uni­ver­sal Love: Stories

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2020

Uni­ver­sal Love wel­comes read­ers to a near-future world where our every­day tech­nolo­gies have fun­da­men­tal­ly altered the pos­si­bil­i­ties and lim­its of how we love one anoth­er. In these grip­ping sto­ries, a young boy tries to under­stand what keeps his father teth­ered to the drowned city they call home. A daugh­ter gets to know her dead moth­er’s holo­gram bet­ter than she ever knew her liv­ing moth­er. And, at a time when unpleas­ant mem­o­ries can be erased, a man under­goes elec­tron­ic surgery to have his depres­sion, and his past, for­ev­er removed.

In an age when tech­nol­o­gy offers the eas­i­est cures for lone­li­ness, the char­ac­ters with­in these sto­ries must wres­tle with what it means to stay human in an increas­ing­ly cyber­net­ic future, and how love can endure even the most allur­ing upgrades.

In the vein of Wein­stein’s crit­i­cal­ly-acclaimed first col­lec­tion, Uni­ver­sal Love is a vision­ary book, writ­ten with one foot in the real world and one step­ping brave­ly into the future.

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