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The First Law of Thermodynamics

A collection of stories by

James Patrick Kelly is known for finding the future unnervingly nearby, and he enters with his deep empathy and dry humor at the ready. A longtime favorite of SF readers is at the top of his game here. In the title story, a college acid trip becomes a window into an unexpected and apparently unavoidable future. In “Itsy Bitsy Spider” a disappointed woman’s robotic girlhood takes her by the hand and leads her back to the destiny that eluded her. Two short plays render alien invasion terrifyingly mundane and death annoyingly impermanent. “The Best Christmas Ever” is celebrated by sims and droids instead of the usual jolly elves. Our Outspoken Interview and a bibliography round out this long-awaited new collection.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"Kelly's special genius is in writing stories that are so human that they wrench and warm your heart at the same moment." - Cory Doctorow

"A quintessntially protean writer...I continue to be regularly surprised by where he goes and what he's doing with his fiction." - Karen Joy Fowler

"Against all law and likelihood, (he goes on) reinventing himself each time out, always questioning the basic premise of what a science fiction story can be, or a James Patrick Kelly story, or a story in the first place." - Jonathan Lethem

"James Patrick Kelly has written some of my very favorite short stories. As a matter of fact, I get anxious when I haven't read a Kelly story in a while. Can't we just clone him?" - Kelly Link

"He changes our attitudes and our perceptions and even our understanding of what the short story can be, and he does it in stories which are disturbing, clever, affecting, funny and unique in every sense of the word." - Connie Willis

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Paperback Editions

August 2021 : USA Paperback

Title: The First Law of Thermodynamics (Outspoken Authors)
Author(s): James Patrick Kelly
ISBN: 1-62963-885-4 / 978-1-62963-885-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: PM Press
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Kindle Editions

August 2021 : UK Kindle edition

Title: The First Law of Thermodynamics
Author(s): James Patrick Kelly
Publisher: PM Press
Availability: Amazon UK