A wonderfully warm and inventive collection from the award-winning and Pushcart Prize-nominated author of Children of the New World.
A boy and his father find music in a drowned city. A lonely twenty-something gets addicted to comfort porn. A man is given a choice to have his trauma surgically removed. A mourning daughter brings her dead mother back to life as a hologram—but the source material isn’t quite right.
In these resonant, fantastic stories about the human thirst for connection amid rapid technological advancement, Alexander Weinstein conjures worlds like our own, but rife with the possibilities that our present timeline hasn’t led us to—yet.
‘Weinstein is a master of his craft.’
‘A darkly mesmerising, fearless, and exquisitely written work. Stunning, harrowing, and brilliantly imagined.’
‘These stories are equally unnerving and tender, and a reminder that what we ultimately long for is human connection.’
‘In the vein of George Saunders, Rick Bass and Alex Shakar, Weinstein writes with stirring particularity, unfailing sensitivity, and supercharged imagination, creating nuanced stories harbouring a molten core of astutely satirical inquiries.’
‘These are deeply imaginative and compelling stories, written with exquisite poise, that bring the speculative and uncanny very close to home. Weinstein is here to remind us that questions of technology, of the future of our world, are also, always, questions of human intimacy and human care.’
‘Universal Love reveals a writer of empathic imagination and dauntless inventiveness, with a knack for probing unexplored horizons in the co-evolution of humanity and technology.’