Published by Astra House (2023-05-30)
"The whole collection hangs together as form and content, mind and heart. Beautiful work.”
—Kim Stanley Robinson, author of The Ministry For the Future
"If you like stories that linger, that turn over again and again in your mind after you've read them, then this is your book. Such a delight to have discovered this innovative and brilliant new voice. Such a delight to urge you to the same discovery."
—Karen Joy Fowler, author of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
"Exquisite, unsettling, richly felt stories, in which both tenderness and the possibility of estrangement open up doors to the fantastic and the surreal." —Kelly Link, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Get in Trouble
"One enters Uranians like a trap door into an alternate reality, but slowly the stories reveal themselves as an uncanny valley not far from where we actually stand. With great intelligence, beautiful prose, and a keen eye for our deep-seated anxieties, McCombs draws worlds—past, present, and future—in which capitalism-assisted technologies and patriarchy-induced paranormalities have taken control, rendering us unrecognizable to one another. These are extraordinary tales of anti-heroes in post-apocalyptic and macabre landscapes who must battle systems to find their liberation and in the process illuminate our own. McCombs has written an absorbing and thought-provoking debut collection."
—Alejandro Varela, National Book Award finalist and author of The Town of Babylon
"There's a certain pleasure to reading a writer that has mastered his craft. Every beautifully-constructed, razor-sharp story in this collection is an arrow on a perfect path. Theodore McCombs never misses."
—Cadwell Turnbull, author of No Gods, No Monsters
"[An] enthralling collection . . . these stories are compassionate, finely wrought, and unique."
—David Vogel, BuzzFeed
“The most engrossing collection of short stories I’ve read in years. Intelligent and probing, these stories consider what it’s like to move through the world as one who is 'other,' specifically focusing on queer people. Heartfelt and thoughtful, with fully realized worlds and complex characters, I loved every minute I spent reading Uranians.”
—David Vogel, Literati Bookstore