Today is the worldwide release of LOVE MINUS EIGHTY (US | UK | AUS) by Hugo Award-winning author Will McIntosh. Will is a truly original voice in SF and with this novel he’s given us a terrifying, uplifting, daring, and compulsively readable vision of where our path is leading.
Three hundred years in the future, technology has extended the lives of the rich and attractive decades. The wealthy can arrange to be reanimated multiple times, while in cryogenic dating farms, dead women await lonely suitors to resurrect them and take them home. In this big-hearted novel, the lovelorn navigate a world in which technology has found the outer limits of decency and love.
LOVE MINUS EIGHTY explores a time where we are completely entangled in social media, where life is a performance and privacy has lost all meaning, where our romances and relationships are choreographed in secret, and freedom is found in the ever-shrinking spaces off the grid. A time we can all relate to.
“How do we keep on connecting in our ever-growing maze of social technologies? How can love succeed in the techno-surround we’ve trapped ourselves in? These are the questions Will McIntosh explores in this tightly plotted tangle of love stories. The stirring result casts a clear and knowing eye on our current society, from the best viewpoint of all: the future.” New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson
“Love Minus Eighty is a book that makes me envious as a writer: a clever premise, brilliantly executed. More importantly, though, it’s a book that thrilled and delighted me as a reader, chilling and touching at the same time, a great story that stimulates the mind, the heart and the nerves.” Charles Yu, the author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe
“McIntosh’s latest novel combines sf future tech with horror to craft a story that is both disturbing and hopeful as it questions the value of a life on borrowed time. The dystopic view of the future is both frightening and plausible, while the characters keep the story grounded in the details of human existence.” Library Journal
“This is speculative fiction at its most personal and powerful, extrapolating current social and technological trends and exploring how they would affect future people simply trying to live their lives and make their existence matter to someone.” Kirkus (Starred Review)
“Building his Hugo-winning short story “Bridesicle” into a novel, McIntosh takes a cold-eyed look at relationships in a grim future… Fans of “what if?” SF will enjoy this dystopian tale.” Publishers Weekly”McIntosh manages to show how technology can both divide and unite us while delivering a highly entertaining tale.” RT Book Reviews
“McIntosh paints an intriguing picture of a society ruled by celebrity culture.” Daily Mail