Abbey Mei Otis presents Alien Virus Love Disasters, with Nathan Ballingurd

Abbey Mei Otis's short stories in Alien Virus Love Disasters are contemporary fiction at its strongest: taking apart the supposed equality that is clearly just not there, putting humans under an alien microscope, putting humans under government control, putting kids from the moon into a small beach town and then the putting the rest of the town under the microscope as they react in ways we hope they would, and then, of course, in ways we'd hope they don't. Otis has long been fascinated in using strange situations to explore dynamics of power, oppression, and grief, and the twelve stories collected here are at once a striking indictment of the present and a powerful warning about the future. Abbey will be in a conversation with NC author Nathan Ballingrud, author of North American Lake Monsters.