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Future Tides: The Collected Works of Christopher Ruz [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Ruz
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Book Description

Lonely AIs, Peruvian parasites, graffiti activists and far-future memory swapping meet in Future Tides, a collection of all Christopher Ruz's short works from 2007 to 2011. Cyberpunk and space opera sit side by side with award-winning tales of heroin addiction and swords-and-sorcery fantasy in this 18 story, 60,000 word compilation. Future Tides includes three previous collections - PAST THE BORDERS, THE KING & OTHER STORIES, and NOTHING TOO DANGEROUS - as well as an exclusive scifi short: FRONT PAGE CAPTION.

In THE ANT TOWER, Parkin, a soldier-turned-mercenary, has been hired by the King's Magician to accompany him on a long journey into the great western desert, in search of an ancient and powerful artifact. After years spent battling the heathens in the frozen north, Parkin is glad for an easy contract. But there's more to fear in the desert than thirst, and as Parkin's comrades fall one by one, he's forced to ask - what does the Magician really want from him? And what evil has taken root in the rock mound known as the Ant Tower?

In THE KING, Derek and his misanthropic friends are competing to find enlightenment through misery. But Derek isn't playing by the rules. He has a plan that'll make him the idol of his all friends, as well as get him back into Sylvia's pants. All he has to do is quit heroin while they all watch. Except, Derek has never used heroin. And so begins the greatest lie of his life... a lie that might be too big to back away from...

In THE LAST BROADCAST, the colony ship known as the Vale has been spiralling towards Epsilon Eridani for four millennia, and Barry - the semi-sentient AI set to guard its frozen human cargo - has had a long time to question nature of his mission. There are too many gaps in his code, too many mistakes left unfixed. Could Barry's programmers really have been so lax? Or does he have a greater purpose, some secret mission buried in his source code? He has another eighteen thousand years to find the answer. In the meantime, he's growing bored, and idle hands are the devil's playthings...

And in THEY TRADE IN EYES, Alicia is faced with a terrible decision. To get any sort of job in the future economy requires new eyes - cobalt plated units with laser-blue irises, that can interpret petabytes of data at a glance, that record every moment of your life. Can she bring herself to go under the knife, and trade in her old fleshsacks for new units? And can she evade the street-dealers who steal and resell eyes to fill the new market in memory-trading? Business is business. Someone has to make a killing.

They Trade In Eyes
No Exit
The Hard Sell
The Aliens Came Alphabetically
Never Old Enough To Know
The Ant Tower
Back To Civilisation
The King
Front Page Caption
Eight Ways From Tomorrow
An Unknown Hunger
The Last Broadcast
What You Bring Back
Black Rain
Long Way Home
Hercule And The Doctor

Product Details

  • File Size: 345 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Christopher Ruz (December 18, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NXR95W
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing collection April 3, 2013
By Kevin
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This collection is an amazing read. There are so many interesting ideas presented and explored in these stories and at the price you get this for it's a steal. They Trade in Eyes and The Hard Sell are the stars of this collection and they are phenomenal reads. Occupied is a really interesting piece as well. One of the nicest parts of this collection is that there is a nice mix in the lengths of the stories in it. There are several longer pieces that anchor the collection, but each long story is followed by a short one which is nice while reading. The number of different genres in this collection is another strong point in its favor as you can always find something a little different from the last story you read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully diverse collection February 11, 2012
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Future Tides opens strongly with They Trade in Eyes - an eerily voyeuristic peek into future-earth where body modification has gone far beyond piercings and breast implants, and the black market thrives. An unsettling but exciting view of what we could be heading towards, and the uncomfortable truth of the gap between the privileged and the underclass.

What You Bring Back, a story about a man losing his father to Alzheimer's, starts off as depressing and appears mundane. I urge you to stick with it though, for as you'll see from other stories in this collection nothing is quite as straightforward as you think.

I loved The Last Broadcast, in which an AI suffering from cabin fever and existential angst starts to question its mission.

The only story that doesn't quite seem to fit thematically with the rest is Back to Civilisation, a sweet little slice-of-life tale that provides a refreshing break from the oddities and twists of the rest of the collection.

It's difficult to explain the complexity of these stories without spoiling, but I thoroughly recommend Future Tides. It's a great read, well worth the purchase.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book at a brilliant price December 20, 2011
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Seriously, just buy this book. You're missing out if you don't. It's 2716 pages of awesome.

This is a collection of Christopher Ruz's works to date. This book is worth the purchase for The Ant Tower (a rollicking fantasy-ish tale with some interesting flavour) and They Trade in Eyes alone. The Last Broadcast is also a personal favorite (what happens when an AI gets bored and starts to question its existence?)

I won't go on at length - the books speaks for itself. At the price, it's a bargain, and I highly recommend it.
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More About the Author

Christopher Ruz was born in Hong Kong, raised in Vienna, and is now settled in Melbourne, Australia. Although he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Industrial Design, his first love has always been writing. He's been published by Weaponizer, Labyrinth Inhabitant's Magazine and Birdville Magazine, and has won both the first Ergofiction Search Term Challenge and the first Birdville Impromptu Award.

Ruz now writes full time, splitting his attentions between his Century of Sand fantasy epic, his horror serial Rust, and his spy thrillers, which are published under the pseudonym D.D. Marks. His next release will be the second season of his ongoing horror serial, Rust.

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