Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea: Stories (Paperback)

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I'm devastated to have only just recently discovered Sarah Pinsker. What a deft hand, what a beautiful voice. Speculative fiction is lucky to have her, and this collection in particular is one of the best collections I've read. From the first story's enigmatic, weird scifi about cybernetic enhancement to the title story's ultimately hopeful dissection of art at the end of the world, these stories are exactly what I look for in science fiction and fantasy: high concept carried by impeccable prose. 


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"This beautiful, complex debut collection assembles some of Nebula winner Pinsker's best stories into a twisting journey that is by turns wild, melancholic, and unsettling." ― Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Pinsker has shot like a star across the firmament with Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea.

In this collection, Pinsker weaves music, memory, technology, history, mystery, love, loss, and even multiple selves on generation ships and cruise ships, on highways and high seas, in murder houses and treehouses. They feature runaways, fiddle-playing astronauts, and retired time travelers; they are weird, wired, hopeful, haunting, and deeply human. They are often described as beautiful but Pinsker also knows that the heart wants what the heart wants and that is not always right, or easy.

The baker's dozen stories gathered here (including a new, previously unpublished story ) turn readers into travelers to the past, the future, and explorers of the weirder points of the present.

About the Author

Sarah Pinsker's stories have won the Nebula and Sturgeon awards, and have been finalists for the Hugo, the Locus, and the Eugie Foster Memorial Award. Her first novel, Song For A New Day, will be published in autumn 2019. She is also a singer/songwriter with three albums on various independent labels and a fourth she swears will be released someday soon. She was born in New York and has lived all over the US and Canada, but currently lives with her wife in Baltimore in a hundred-year-old house surrounded by sentient vines. Her website is

Product Details
ISBN: 9781618731555
ISBN-10: 1618731556
Publisher: Small Beer Press
Publication Date: March 19th, 2019
Pages: 288
Language: English