Third Flatiron Publishing
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Too much to do, too little time. Technology provides amazing new tools that help us reach out, connect with friends, and avoid boredom. But if we depend too heavily on our computers, will we even notice when the Singularity occurs?
"Only Disconnect" from Third Flatiron Anthologies contains 13 short fantasy, science fiction, and horror pieces that explore the nature of reality versus how we'd like to change it. Visit near-future societies, where citizens must take mind-control drugs or surrender their consciousness at work, be the first college student to attend an alien university, and laugh out loud as gut bacteria realize they exert a great deal of control over us. Decide whether it's worth it to try to keep our loved ones alive forever or cut the cord. Play along with expert gamers forced to disengage, only to find reality on an alien planet's even more exciting. Discover how some might cope with AIs, killer grizzly-human hybrids, and nature gods, each disgruntled with humanity in a different way. Remember that while experiments can go wrong, by our very nature we can never totally disconnect from our innate curiosity.
"Only Disconnect" proudly showcases an international group of new and established speculative fiction authors. Contributors include: Evan Henry, Robert Lowell Russell, Jonathan Shipley, Evelyn Deshane, Matt Weinburg, Wendy Nikel, E. E. King, Elliotte Rusty Harold, Adria Laycraft, Stephanie Flood, Jason Lairamore, Steve Coate, and Paul Barclay.