Steven Brust and Skyler White's novel The Incrementalists (September 2013) introduces us to a secret society of two hundred people with an unbroken lineage reaching back forty thousand years. They cheat death, share lives and memories, and communicate with one another across nations and time. They have an epic history, an almost magical memory, and a very modest mission: to make the world better, a little bit at a time.
Not an excerpt from the novel, “Fireworks in the Rain” is an original tale about some of the same characters, and serves as an equally beguiling introduction to these mysterious people...and to how they work their small but consequential changes on the modern world.
This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden.