THE TIMES SCIENCE FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH
‘Her fiction is a breath-taking piece of a cinematic art … powerful and graceful’ – Bong Joon-ho, Oscar-winning director of Parasite
’Dazzling’ – The Times
A stunning collection of short fiction by one of South Korea’s most treasured writers, available in English for the first time.
In the title story, an engaged couple working in distant corners of the galaxy plan to arrive on Earth simultaneously and walk down the aisle together. But small incidents wreak havoc on their vast journeys, pushing the date of their wedding far into the future. As centuries pass on Earth and the land and climate change, one thing is constant: the desire of the lovers to be together.
Through two pairs of interlinked stories, Kim explores the driving forces of humanity – love, hope, creation, destruction, and the very meaning of existence.
I SAID GOODBYE TO THE GUYS, AS THEY WON’T BE SEEING ME until the wedding.HIS FIRST LETTER (I’M WAITING FOR YOU)
(@HarperCollimsUK, 15 April 2021, 336 pages, ebook, copy from the publisher via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)
This is a new author for me. This collection of four long-ish stories is worth reading for the title story and its companion piece, On My Way to You alone. The two stories are among the best pieces of short fiction I’ve ever read. I didn’t want either to end. The stories focus on a man and woman travelling in different corners of the galaxy and at different speeds who plan to reach Earth at the same time to get married and the various catastrophes that seem determined to get in the way. These were funny, sad, delightful stories. I loved them both very much. The other two stories were good but I struggled to make the human connection I did with the title story and On My Way to You. I really enjoyed this collection.