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Forward

Stories of Tomorrow
Series: Forward Collection, Book 1-6
Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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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.

©2019 Ark © 2019 by Veronica Roth. Summer Frost © 2019 by Blake Crouch. Emergency Skin © 2019 by N. K. Jemisin. You Have Arrived at Your Destination © 2019 by Amor Towles. The Last Conversation © 2019 by Paul Tremblay. Randomize © 2019 by Andy Weir. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Editor's Pick

This is exactly how I like my techno-anxiety
"While I've watched a few Black Mirror episodes over the years, I've generally found them to be too much to binge, and (confession) I have to have my husband test-watch them first to weigh in on whether or not he thinks they will keep me up at night worrying. I'm fascinated by these kinds of near sci-fi stories with dystopian themes, but I struggle to take them in on screen. So I'm LOVING the Forward Collection—it brings the vibe of Black Mirror, but it walks that perfect line that allows me to engage my inner nerd while keeping my inner stress-case at bay. Each story in this collection is served up by big name writer (I was so intrigued to hear the author of Gentleman in Moscow tackle this genre, and N.K. Jemisin, who tends more towards fantasy, may have written the smartest sci-fi story I’ve heard all year!). As a bonus, this collection is performed by an all-star cast including Jason Isaacs and Evan Rachel Wood among others. Happy bingeing!" —Emily C., Audible Editor

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Three out of Six

As with all collections of short stories some are better than others. I found three out of six stories in this book to be worth using a credit. IMO the best story in the collection was Emergency Skin. I enjoyed Summer Frost enough to listen to it again some day, and I liked The Last Conversation. I found the first story in the collection Ark, boring. I didn't care for the character in the story one way or another and didn't have a strong feeling about the decision made at the end of the story by that character. The last story Randomize was just okay. The ending of You Have Arrived in my opinion was disappointing. All of the narrators did a very good job.

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eh. some were way better than others

it was ok, nothing special. passed the time, but that was about it. had to skip a bit cause some spots were just so slow and boring.

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ok

and just ok. not worth the money I spent on the title.. should have got something else.

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*shrug*

I've never gotten along with short stories, but I decided to give this one a try just the same. Not worth it. I found the first story dull as dirt and I skipped half of it, and the ending was kind of anti-climatic. With the second, I ran into another thing I don't get along with, something I am tired to death of, which is first-person, present tense. Please stop, writers. PLEASE. It takes a very unique talent to make that work for me and most of you don't have it. That one was a skip. The 3rd, Jemisin's story, was interesting enough and at least held my attention, and it had a very good reader. I quit halfway through the fourth. These stories were just not doing it for my perhaps overly discriminating tastes. Damned shame Audible's atrocious (patronizing, condescending) tech support made me use all my remaining credits and cut off my subscription after 18 years, otherwise I would return this for a refund/exchange. My mistake, getting it at all, knowing my own reading habits. Onward to the next book....

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  • 10-28-19

Listen to this.....NOW!

As a relatively new fan of speculative fiction (but a devotee of N.K. Jemisin), I found these stories are wonderful, fantastic, brilliant, amazing, etc., etc., etc. Do yourself a favor and listen. Right now!

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Uneven

Some stories were better than others. Great acting though, and look forward to future collections.

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