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For some, its the end of the world. For others, its just the beginning. With brilliant imagination, todays most visionary writers point to the future in a collection curated by bestselling author Blake Crouch. These stories range from darkly comic to deeply chilling, but they all look forward. Featuring stories by Andy Weir, Amor Towles, Veronica Roth, N. K. Jemisin, Paul For some, it’s the end of the world. For others, it’s just the beginning. With brilliant imagination, today’s most visionary writers point to the future in a collection curated by bestselling author Blake Crouch. These stories range from darkly comic to deeply chilling, but they all look forward. Featuring stories by Andy Weir, Amor Towles, Veronica Roth, N. K. Jemisin, Paul Tremblay, and Blake Crouch; with narration by Evan Rachel Wood, David Harbour, Jason Isaacs, Rosa Salazar, Steven Strait, and Janina Gavankar. ARK, by Veronica Roth, read by Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose, in a story of cataclysm and hope by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy. It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalog plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond. Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection. SUMMER FROST, by Blake Crouch, read by Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel) A video game developer becomes obsessed with a willful character in her new project, in a mind-bending exploration of what it means to be human by the New York Times bestselling author of Recursion. Maxine was made to do one thing: die. Except the minor non-player character in the world Riley is building makes her own impossible decision - veering wildly off course and exploring the boundaries of the map. Soon Riley has all new plans for her spontaneous AI, including bringing Max into the real world. But what if Max has real-world plans of her own? EMERGENCY SKIN, by N. K. Jemisin, read by Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery) What will become of our self-destructed planet? The answer shatters all expectations in this subversive speculation from the Hugo Award-winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy. An explorer returns to gather information from a climate-ravaged Earth that his ancestors, and others among the planet’s finest, fled centuries ago. The mission comes with a warning: a graveyard world awaits him. But so do those left behind - hopeless and unbeautiful wastes of humanity who should have died out ages ago. Get in. Get out. And try not to stare. YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION, by Amor Towles, read by David Harbour (Stranger Things) Nature or nurture? Neither. Discover a bold new way to raise a child in this unsettling story of the near future by the New York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow. When Sam’s wife first tells him about Vitek, a twenty-first-century fertility lab, he sees it as the natural next step in trying to help their future child get a “leg up” in a competitive world. But the more Sam considers the lives that his child could lead, the more he begins to question the choices he has made in his life. THE LAST CONVERSATION, by Paul Tremblay, read by Steven Strait (The Expanse) What’s more frightening: Not knowing who you are? Or finding out? A Bram Stoker Award-winning author explores the answer in a chilling story about human consciousness. Imagine you’ve woken up in an unfamiliar room with no memory of who you are, how you got there, or where you were before. All you have is the disconnected voice of an attentive caretaker. Dr. Kuhn is there to help you - physically, emotionally, and psychologically. She’ll make sure you reclaim your lost identity. Now answer one question: Are you sure you want to? RANDOMIZE, by Andy Weir, read by Janina Gavankar (True Blood) In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian. An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house.


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For some, its the end of the world. For others, its just the beginning. With brilliant imagination, todays most visionary writers point to the future in a collection curated by bestselling author Blake Crouch. These stories range from darkly comic to deeply chilling, but they all look forward. Featuring stories by Andy Weir, Amor Towles, Veronica Roth, N. K. Jemisin, Paul For some, it’s the end of the world. For others, it’s just the beginning. With brilliant imagination, today’s most visionary writers point to the future in a collection curated by bestselling author Blake Crouch. These stories range from darkly comic to deeply chilling, but they all look forward. Featuring stories by Andy Weir, Amor Towles, Veronica Roth, N. K. Jemisin, Paul Tremblay, and Blake Crouch; with narration by Evan Rachel Wood, David Harbour, Jason Isaacs, Rosa Salazar, Steven Strait, and Janina Gavankar. ARK, by Veronica Roth, read by Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) On the eve of Earth’s destruction, a young scientist discovers something too precious to lose, in a story of cataclysm and hope by the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Divergent trilogy. It’s only two weeks before an asteroid turns home to dust. Though most of Earth has already been evacuated, it’s Samantha’s job to catalog plant samples for the survivors’ unknowable journey beyond. Preparing to stay behind and watch the world end, she makes a final human connection. SUMMER FROST, by Blake Crouch, read by Rosa Salazar (Alita: Battle Angel) A video game developer becomes obsessed with a willful character in her new project, in a mind-bending exploration of what it means to be human by the New York Times bestselling author of Recursion. Maxine was made to do one thing: die. Except the minor non-player character in the world Riley is building makes her own impossible decision - veering wildly off course and exploring the boundaries of the map. Soon Riley has all new plans for her spontaneous AI, including bringing Max into the real world. But what if Max has real-world plans of her own? EMERGENCY SKIN, by N. K. Jemisin, read by Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery) What will become of our self-destructed planet? The answer shatters all expectations in this subversive speculation from the Hugo Award-winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy. An explorer returns to gather information from a climate-ravaged Earth that his ancestors, and others among the planet’s finest, fled centuries ago. The mission comes with a warning: a graveyard world awaits him. But so do those left behind - hopeless and unbeautiful wastes of humanity who should have died out ages ago. Get in. Get out. And try not to stare. YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION, by Amor Towles, read by David Harbour (Stranger Things) Nature or nurture? Neither. Discover a bold new way to raise a child in this unsettling story of the near future by the New York Times bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow. When Sam’s wife first tells him about Vitek, a twenty-first-century fertility lab, he sees it as the natural next step in trying to help their future child get a “leg up” in a competitive world. But the more Sam considers the lives that his child could lead, the more he begins to question the choices he has made in his life. THE LAST CONVERSATION, by Paul Tremblay, read by Steven Strait (The Expanse) What’s more frightening: Not knowing who you are? Or finding out? A Bram Stoker Award-winning author explores the answer in a chilling story about human consciousness. Imagine you’ve woken up in an unfamiliar room with no memory of who you are, how you got there, or where you were before. All you have is the disconnected voice of an attentive caretaker. Dr. Kuhn is there to help you - physically, emotionally, and psychologically. She’ll make sure you reclaim your lost identity. Now answer one question: Are you sure you want to? RANDOMIZE, by Andy Weir, read by Janina Gavankar (True Blood) In the near future, if Vegas games are ingeniously scam-proof, then the heists have to be too, in this imaginative and whip-smart story by the New York Times bestselling author of The Martian. An IT whiz at the Babylon Casino is enlisted to upgrade security for the game of keno and its random-number generator. The new quantum computer system is foolproof. But someone on the inside is no fool. For once the odds may not favor the house.

30 review for Forward: Stories of Tomorrow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    Standard issue with short story collections, some good some less so.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I really enjoyed these stories. The narration was good too.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christopher

    "Ark" by Veronica Roth - 3 stars "Summer Frost" by Blake Crouch - 4 stars "Emergency Skin" by N.K. Jemisin - 5 stars "You Have Arrived at Your Destination" by Amor Towles - 1 stars "The Last Conversation" by Paul Tremblay - 3 stars "Randomize" by Andy Weir - 4 stars The first story was interesting for a bit until you find out that you're not going to see how the story ends. Then it was just OK. The second story was more interesting when it had more questions than answers. then everything was answered "Ark" by Veronica Roth - 3 stars "Summer Frost" by Blake Crouch - 4 stars "Emergency Skin" by N.K. Jemisin - 5 stars "You Have Arrived at Your Destination" by Amor Towles - 1 stars "The Last Conversation" by Paul Tremblay - 3 stars "Randomize" by Andy Weir - 4 stars The first story was interesting for a bit until you find out that you're not going to see how the story ends. Then it was just OK. The second story was more interesting when it had more questions than answers. then everything was answered and it seemed too similar to the way his "Pines" book ended. I know they aren't similar storywise, I just mean in the speed you find out what's going on. The third story was great and I loved the way it played out. Best story here. The fourth story was alright until it didn't make any sense at all. It went from somewhat odd and quirky to a story about the military complex, somehow? I listened to the last chapter twice because I was pretty sure I missed something. Turns out I did because of the touch screen in my pocket thinking "leg" is the same as "finger" and moved the needle forward! but it didn't help at all playing it again. no idea. The fifth story was kind of dull and played out for how long it was vs. how soon you knew what was going on. I don't need that many chapters to find out no one wants to be a plaything. Also the global pandemic was hokey at best now that we're living in one. The last story was pretty good at points and not so good at others. I liked how quickly she thought on her feet but I would like another chapter with where that idea was going. Oh well. No one science'd the shit out of anything but it was still an interesting story.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    "Ark" by Veronica Roth - 3 stars "Summer Frost" by Blake Crouch - 4.5 stars "Emergency Skin" by N.K. Jemisin - 5 stars "You Have Arrived at Your Destination" by Amor Towles - 1.5 stars "The Last Conversation" by Paul Tremblay - 5 stars "Randomize" by Andy Weir - 2 stars A bit of an uneven collection, but the really strong stories more than made up for the weaker ones.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wes Jones

    This was a great collection of futuristic short stories. They dealt with vast technological advances and arising scenarios that may come from them. Definitely a fun worthwhile compilation of short stories.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sher (in H-Town)

    Set of short stories. The first one by Veronica Roth of possibilities but didnt feel like a complete story and felt like a chapter. I did very much like the one by Blake Crouch. The rest I couldve totally done without. Set of short stories. The first one by Veronica Roth of possibilities but didn’t feel like a complete story and felt like a chapter. I did very much like the one by Blake Crouch. The rest I could’ve totally done without.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Selenity Jade (Coffee Addicts Book Reviews)

    This is a collection of interesting futuristic short stories. To be fair, it's not usually my thing but they were kind of entertaining.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ron

    I actually read most of these books but didn't want to add them individually. This is a collection that has some winners, some losers. It isn't very long and is a quick read/listen.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jarno Hakulinen

  10. 5 out of 5

    Phillipe

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jed Moore

  12. 4 out of 5

    Akanksha

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gayle Tapp

  14. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ginger Ninja

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Miller

  17. 5 out of 5

    Emily

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michael Adamson

  19. 5 out of 5

    John

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Brown-Kramer

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vera Sun

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anna Tierney

  23. 4 out of 5

    BOB RUST

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rose

  25. 4 out of 5

    David Andrews

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ronda Bradley

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alina

  28. 4 out of 5

    Halldór Harðarson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jason

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