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The Touches

Salipa and Telo have perfect lives in the virtual reality world that humanity has retreated to after bacteria and viruses resistant to all medications take over the outside world. But when the robots that take care of their necessities in the dirty outside world start glitching, Salipa must figure out what it means to truly live if they can never return to the outside world.

Five SFF Books About Love Across Boundaries

In my youth, love seemed always around the corner, sticky sweet as summer popsicles, sudden and quick as a lightning strike, the only thing holding it back was the ripe promise of tomorrow or a door opened. In short, love seemed easy. But with time, all the things with the potential to hold love back gradually made themselves known: the walls erected around us by society or that we foster within ourselves. Love, I eventually learned, was complicated and slow, needed battling our worst natures, undoing what we’d been taught, reaching across time and space to nurture. Wars were fought over it. Wars ended because of it.

My favorite books are often fantastical, featuring werewolves, alien arrivals, and superheroes. But what makes them the books I’ll love forever is that whatever boundaries, walls, obstacles, and internalized taboos exist in their worlds, the characters’ attempts to reach across boundaries simmer deep. Sometimes these attempts end in tragedy, limitations that continue to confound, romanticizations that reveal themselves to never have been true. Sometimes they end triumphantly, the characters emerging into new understandings of themselves, what they are capable of, and the possibilities of their love.

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Series: Five Books About…

Read Brenda Peynado’s “The Kite Maker”

After aliens arrive on earth, humans do the unthinkable out of fear. When an alien walks into a human kite maker’s store, coveting her kites, the human struggles with her guilt over her part in the alien massacres, while neo-Nazis draw a violent line between alien and human.

We’re thrilled to encore Brenda Peynado’s “The Kite Maker”, originally published on Tor.com in August 2018 and available now in Peynado’s new short fiction collection, The Rock Eaters.

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The Touches

Salipa and Telo have perfect lives in the virtual reality world that humanity has retreated to after bacteria and viruses resistant to all medications take over the outside world. But when the robots that take care of their necessities in the dirty outside world start glitching, Salipa must figure out what it means to truly live if they can never return to the outside world.

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