"[D]elivers a refreshing dose of existential despair at the transhuman condition." — Charles Stross
qntm has been writing science fiction for most of this millennium. His works start from elegant, deep hypotheticals and wind entire universes around them, pushing science, technology, logic and possibility to breaking point and far beyond.
This volume collects the highlights of his short fiction, including "The Difference", "I Don't Know, Timmy, Being God Is a Big Responsibility" and the acclaimed "Lena".
You can buy Valuable Humans in Transit and Other Stories in the following formats:
This book contains ten short stories. Some of these short stories are already available to read for free here on Things Of Interest. Here's a complete breakdown of what you can expect:
"Driver" is an original, previously unpublished follow-up to "Lena". "The Frame-by-Frame" and "A Powerful Culture" are also original short stories. I'm not going to release these here on Things Of Interest or anywhere else. If you want to read them, you'll have to buy the book!
Three of these stories are completed versions of extremely quick first drafts which I created for my 30 More First Drafts project in November 2020, written in an average of about two hours each. You can still read those first drafts:
Six of these stories are new 2022 edits of older stories which were originally made available here on Things Of Interest between 2006 and 2019. These new versions will differ noticeably from the older versions which you may have already read. The scope of the edits range from relatively minor changes for "If You Are Reading This" to a complete end-to-end rewrite in the case of "I Don't Know, Timmy, Being God Is a Big Responsibility".
I think the edits are all significant improvements. However, if you like, you can still read the older versions of these stories, along with old comments and formatting and, in some cases, translations/adaptations: