Reconnect with other Lobos and science fiction fans! The library will host an online group book discussion of Sarah Pinsker’s Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea. In this collection of science fiction short stories, the award-winning author uses lyrical and humorous tales to explore themes such as technology, time travel, space exploration, music, and memory. We’re excited to hear your thoughts about it! You can check out the digital version of the book in the library's catalog.
Good news, everyone! If you don't have time to read the whole book, we'll plan to focus our discussion on just THREE (3!) SHORT stories. If you can only read one of the three, you're still welcome! If you can read all the stories, great! The selected stories include:
Pre-registration with a UNM email address is required. After you register, you will receive an email with Zoom log-in information and other details.
Sarah Pinsker is the author of over fifty works of short fiction, including the novelette "Our Lady of the Open Road," winner of the Nebula Award in 2016. Her novelette "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind" was the Sturgeon Award winner in 2014. Her fiction has been published in magazines including Asimov's, Strange Horizons, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed and Uncanny and in numerous anthologies and year's bests. Her stories have been translated into Chinese, Spanish, French, and Italian, among other languages, and have been nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, Locus, Eugie, and World Fantasy Awards.
She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels (the third with her rock band, the Stalking Horses) and a fourth in the works. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.
Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea won the 2020 Philip K. Dick Award. You can listen to Sarah Pinsker read part of the story "Wind Will Rove" for the award ceremony:
Interview with Sarah Pinsker about "In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind" (featured in Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea).
Check out these critics' reviews of Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea.
"Pinsker’s undeniable talent for familiarizing characters caught in deeply unfamiliar situations... brings a uniting element of empathy to even the most far-fetched conceit... Populated by anarchists, punks, survivalists, luddites, drifters, and rock-and-roll queers, Pinsker’s stories romp through their conceits with such winning charm that even the less successfully cohesive among them delight with their nuanced detail."
"The stories are enhanced by a diverse cast of LGBTQ and nonwhite characters. Pinsker’s captivating compendium reveals stories that are as delightful and surprising to pore through as they are introspective and elegiac."
"Pinsker’s abiding concern with the saving power of memory – which may be her characteristic theme – may sometimes nudge her toward sentimentality, but there is a counter strain of pure playfulness in her fiction as well."