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Love Minus Eighty


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Will McIntosh is a Hugo award winner and Nebula finalist whose short stories have appeared in Asimov's (where he won the 2010 Reader's Award for short story), Strange Horizons and Interzone, among others. He worked as a psychology professor in the Southeastern US, but now writes full time. He lives with his wife and their 3 year-old twins, in Williamsburg, Virginia.


A clever premise, brilliantly executed . . . chilling and touching at the same time * Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe *
McIntosh paints an intriguing picture of a society ruled by celebrity culture * DAILY MAIL *
Not only a complex, affecting and surprising love story, but a perceptive critique of a society mired in addictive technology and celebrity status * GUARDIAN *
Speculative fiction at its most personal and powerful . . . Intriguing, quirky, perversely charming and definitely affecting * KIRKUS REVIEWS *
McIntosh intertwines three futuristic stories about individuals looking for love . . . The author's high-tech New York City is both fascinating and plausible . . . McIntosh manages to show how technology can both divide and unite us while delivering a highly entertaining tale * RT BOOK REVIEWS *
Disquieting, hopeful, yet horrifying * DAILY EXAMINER (Australia) *
Grimly plausible . . . this SF romance is a fine piece of work * SFX *
Will McIntosh has created a highly plausible future . . . a good conceit with a great deal of potential * SCIFI NOW *
McIntosh's gripping and sweetly moving tale is anything but a pile of romance cliches...a contender for awards' * ARC *
Love Minus Eighty has award winner written all over it * SF CROWSNEST *
Casts a clear and knowing eye on our current society, from the best viewpoint of all: the future * Kim Stanley Robinson *
Immerses you in a world that is a surprisingly charming cross between Philip K. Dick and Jane Austen . . . manages to deliver a light, romantic story without ever sacrificing its dark vision of the future * io9 *
A beautiful, emotionally resonant tale . . . a dark, impactful novel * TOR.COM *
This is a book with plenty to say about the way we live now and a witty and engaging manner of saying it. With its mixture of assured storytelling, clever ideas and a half-amused, half-tender portrayal of alienation in a fantastical big city milieu, Love Minus Eighty is an excellent example of character-driven, thematically rich SF, and even those usually frosty to the genre should get something out of it. * BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY *
The future world is delicately drawn, the characters all too human, and the science is easy. For both romantic and action story lovers everywhere * Maxim J. Jakubowski, *

Building his Hugo-winning short story "Bridesicle" into a novel, McIntosh (Hitchers) takes a cold-eyed look at relationships in a grim future. Navigating around Manhattan's floating upper-class enclave, High Town, his characters struggle with age-old questions of finding the perfect mate, complicated by new technology that records every action and that will soon record every feeling. At the center of the story lie the "bridesicles," women of above-average looks and below-average health insurance, preserved from death for the possibility of indentured marriage to wealthy suitors. Mira Bach, the oldest, and Winter West, the newest, experience brief escapes from suspension in "the minus eighty" whenever someone is interested. Around them, protests spark and the guilt-ridden man who killed Winter recruits others to the cause of freeing the frozen. McIntosh layers on the irony, with dating coaches who struggle to find love and an empathy researcher who has a difficult time expressing emotion. It's not clear why insurance covers freezing for centuries but not restoration, and the plot relies heavily on coincidence, but fans of "what if?" SF will enjoy this dystopian tale. Agent: Seth Fishman, the Gernert Company. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

In the 21st century, death is not necessarily permanent; if the victim is attractive enough to gain the attention of someone who can afford the costly revivification procedures, the frozen corpse (or "bridesicle") may choose a permanent marriage contract, exchanging his or her freedom for a second chance at life. When Rob accidentally kills a woman, he is so haunted by his action that he becomes one of her suitors, funded by an anonymous benefactor. His story catches the attention of a media and public hungry for vicarious experiences. Eventually the woman, known only as Winter, accepts a proposal, becoming the literal property of a man she comes to despise. As resistance to the ethics of bridesicles grows, Rob becomes part of a dangerous plan to change the world. VERDICT Based on his 2010 Hugo-winning short story "Bridesicle," McIntosh's (Hitchers; Soft Apocalpyse) 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. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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