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"How do we keep on connecting in our ever-growing maze of social technologies? How can love succeed in the techno-surround we've trapped ourselves in? These are the questions Will McIntosh explores in this tightly plotted tangle of love stories. The stirring result casts a clear and knowing eye on our current society, from the best viewpoint of all: the future."―New York Times bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson on Love Minus Eighty

"Love Minus Eighty is a book that makes me envious as a writer: a clever premise, brilliantly executed. More importantly, though, it's a book that thrilled and delighted me as a reader, chilling and touching at the same time, a great story that stimulates the mind, the heart and the nerves."―Charles Yu, the author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

"McIntosh's latest novel combines sf future tech with horror to craft a story that is both disturbing and hopeful as it questions the value of a life on borrowed time. The dystopic view of the future is both frightening and plausible, while the characters keep the story grounded in the details of human existence."―Library Journal on Love Minus Eighty

"Building his Hugo-winning short story "Bridesicle" into a novel, McIntosh takes a cold-eyed look at relationships in a grim future... Fans of "what if?" SF will enjoy this dystopian tale."―Publishers Weekly on Love Minus Eighty

"McIntosh manages to show how technology can both divide and unite us while delivering a highly entertaining tale."―RT Book Reviews on Love Minus Eighty

"McIntosh paints an intriguing picture of a society ruled by celebrity culture."―Daily Mail

"McIntosh manages to show how technology can both divide and unite us while delivering a highly entertaining tale."―RT Book Reviews

"[Love Minus Eighty] manages to deliver a light, romantic story without ever sacrificing its dark vision of the future."―i09

"More people should be reading Will McIntosh."―

"Credible, compelling and relentless ... the best and most disturbing moments will stay with the reader for a long time.―
Locus, on Soft Apocalypse

"A prime example of masterful storytelling--the characters are so well-drawn you feel like they're sitting beside you."
Mur Lafferty, author of The Afterlife Series, onHitchers

"An intriguing story that explores the meaning of what it is to be dead. Far from the usual 'occult' tale, this original and intelligent work well illustrates the complexity of the human soul."
Pat Whitaker, author of Antithesis and Mindset, onHitchers

"Grimly plausible.. this SF romance is a fine piece of work."―SFX

"Will McIntosh has created a highly plausible future... a good conceit with a great deal of potential."―SciFi Now

"A very intense page-turner of a book."―SFCrowsnest

"[A] heartfelt, funny, and often infuriating tale of hearts in conflict in a world where, extreme advances in technology aside, people remain essentially what they are now: selfless, self-absorbed, certain, confused, generous, cruel, kind, perceptive, and blind."―SciFi

About the Author

Will McIntosh is a Hugo award winner and Nebula finalist whose latest novel, Love Minus Eighty, was named the best science fiction book of 2013 by the American Library Association, and was on both and's lists of the best SF novels of 2013.  His debut novel, Soft Apocalypse, was a finalist for a Locus Award, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and the Compton Crook Award.  Due out in May, 2014 is Defenders (Orbit Books), an alien invasion novel that has been optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film.  Along with four novels, he has published fifty short stories in venues such as Asimov's (where he won the 2010 Reader's Award), Lightspeed, and Science Fiction and Fantasy: Best of the Year.  Will was a psychology professor for two decades before turning to writing full-time.  He lives in Williamsburg with his wife and their five year-old twins.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1098 KB
  • Print Length: 419 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0356502147
  • Publisher: Orbit (June 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00A4H1W9M
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Will McIntosh is a science fiction and young adult author, a Hugo award winner and a winner or finalist for twelve other SF awards. His novel Defenders was optioned by Warner Brothers for a feature film, while Love Minus Eighty, about women trapped in a cryogenic dating center, was named the best science fiction book of 2013 by the American Library Association, and was on both and's lists of the best SF novels of 2013. Will has also published about fifty short stories in zines like Asimov's, Lightspeed, and Science Fiction and Fantasy: Best of the Year. He was a psychology professor before turning to writing full-time, and still teaches part time at The College of William and Mary. Originally from New York, he now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife and their seven year-old twins. He collects comic art and autographed classic rock albums, is a lifelong New York Yankees fan, and a movie fanatic. You can follow him on Twitter @willmcintoshSF, or on his website,

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By TChris TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 12, 2013
Format: Paperback
If Love Minus Eighty has a central theme, it's this: love is complicated. It's particularly complicated if you've fallen in love with a dead woman. Love Minus Eighty explores love in a light-hearted way from a variety of perspectives: characters are in love (both requited and unrequited), or want love, or are faking it, or fear it, or substitute manipulation and drama for actual love. Still, Love Minus Eighty will never be mistaken for a traditional romance novel. It's smart and funny, not trashy.

Love Minus Eighty features one of the best extrapolations of internet technology I've encountered. Will McIntosh mixes social networking with reality TV to create a medium that's both amusing and disturbing -- and utterly believable. In a future New York, the affluent live in High Town (built above the surface of old Manhattan) and wear skin-tight suits that, apart from using sensory filters to block bad smells and ugly sights, allow virtual access to others via screens that materialize in midair. Individuals who can attract enough followers at one time are rewarded with corporate sponsorship (earning money, for instance, by wearing a particular designer's boots). In its conglomeration of Facebook and Twitter and You Tube, Love Minus Eighty makes a telling point about all the people who "take time away from their own pathetic lives to watch [a self-made celebrity] live hers."

A woman named Lorelei manages to gain eight hundred viewers as she humiliates her soon-to-be-ex boyfriend, Rob Mashita. Having just watched Lorelei throw all his possessions out a window, the distracted Rob runs over a woman named Winter West.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Carl V. Anderson on June 18, 2013
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In the future, love is complicated and death is not necessarily the end. Love Minus Eighty follows several interconnected people in a disquieting vision of romantic life in the century to come. In this daring and big-hearted novel based on the Hugo-winning short story, the lovelorn navigate a world in which technology has reached the outer limits of morality and romance.

Author Will McIntosh's new novel, Love Minus Eighty, is the book you give to your friends in hopes of igniting a passion for science fiction. With its focus on deeply connected interpersonal relationships, the novel draws in the literary fiction reader and with its ever-present science fictional elements it also holds a strong attraction for fans of genre fiction.

Worldbuilding? This world is already built. With a deft touch Will McIntosh has imagined a highly-interactive future that is built so solidly on the foundation of our present internet-driven, social-media-obsessed culture that it succeeds in being both imaginative and accessible. The oft-despised info dump is non-existent. This future and the characters who inhabit it are initially quite shallow, but as circumstances stir the waters McIntosh plumbs the depths of several interesting characters. The reader will find themselves having conflicting emotions regarding various characters as the story unfolds, making the act of reading Love Minus Eighty an engaging experience.

In my review of the January 2013 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction I mentioned that Will McIntosh was "fast becoming one of those short story authors whose name on the cover will make me buy a magazine". Love Minus Eighty has made me want to read everything the author has ever written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ljcrane on June 24, 2013
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I am not normally a reader of science fiction, but I found myself fascinated by the environment Will McIntosh creates in this book and the individual stories that his characters develop. The environment and each character are introduced in a very low key fashion and in such a casual way that you find yourself accepting of everything as perfectly normal and logical even though, in actuality, it's all wildly different from anything we know today as "normal". It's the mark of a good storyteller if you get drawn into the story and into the lives of the people in the story. McIntosh does this in such a subtle way that you don't realize that it's become a "page turner" until you're thoroughly hooked. It becomes very important to know what's going to happen next, and it never becomes predictable. A thoroughly good read, and I'd love to see it turned into a miniseries or a movie, so I could see and visually experience this futuristic "normal" world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Molnar on October 11, 2013
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Love Minus Eighty is an SF rom-com-drom that knocks it out of the park. After Soft Apocalypse I wasn't expecting much, but wow, this was a charming story that could be a Sundance movie with lots of tantalizing future society nuggets thrown in and seen from the user's viewpoint with little technical description, which somehow makes it more realistic. You'd have to be pretty jaded for this book not to grow on you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anissa Annalise on January 24, 2014
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I very much enjoyed this one. So much so, that I put the author’s other book Soft Apocalypse on my library list because such a thing was mentioned by one of the characters in this book and I am eager to read more.

In this story we follow a group of people who become more entwined as things unfold. Rob, Mira, Winter, Veronika, Nathan, Lycan & Lorelei. They inhabit a future world where mathematically beautiful women who’ve died before their time are basically put on ice until such time as some wealthy man will have them repaired and resurrected. There’s a technology that allows them to be awakened for “dates” in brief intervals but they’re immobile and confined to their coffin at the creche. It’s quite the morbid & cruel set up. Mira, is one of the “bridesicles” and as if it’s not bad enough that she’s long dead, she’s stuck going on “dates” with men in hopes of being reanimated though she’s gay. It seems no one checked that out before dropping her in at CryoMed & all she wants is to see her love, Jeanette. I was so invested in her story & her’s had me sad there was no epilogue at the end. I’ve read that Mira is the main character of the short story that spawned this full length novel, so I’m glad I got to meet her & Jeanette here.

Rob, Winter, Veronika, Nathan, Lycan & Lorelei were interesting to follow with varying degrees of rootability. Though I was never much a fan of Nathan or Lorelei their endings felt honest and real. Rob, Winter, Veronika & Lycan were most interesting in watching how their stories crossed paths with each other & evolved. They were the most transformed characters and I was very satisfied with their endings.

Overall, this is an almost-favorite for me (both characters & the world-building captivated me).
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