After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall: A Novel

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2012 Nebula Award Winner
2012 Locus Award Winner
2013 Hugo Nominee
2013 Sturgeon Award Nominee

In the year 2035, all that is left of humanity lives in the Shell.

No one knows why the Tesslies attacked in 2014, devastated the environment, and nearly destroyed humanity. Or why the aliens imprisoned ...

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Overview


2012 Nebula Award Winner
2012 Locus Award Winner
2013 Hugo Nominee
2013 Sturgeon Award Nominee

In the year 2035, all that is left of humanity lives in the Shell.

No one knows why the Tesslies attacked in 2014, devastated the environment, and nearly destroyed humanity. Or why the aliens imprisoned twenty-six survivors in a sterile enclosure built on the barren remains of the Earth.

Fifteen-year-old Pete, one of only six children born in the Shell, is determined to lead humanity to a new beginning. But Pete struggles to control his anger as, one by one, the survivors sicken and die. Although the Earth appears to be slowly healing, the Shell’s inhabitants may not live long enough to see it. The only chance for humanity lies within brief time portals. Peter and the survivors hatch a desperate plan: to increase their numbers by abducting children from the past.

In the year 2013, a brilliant CIA consultant sees a pattern in seemingly unrelated kidnappings. As Julie Kahn’s predictive algorithms reveal that the world is in imminent danger, she discovers that she may also play a role in its possible rebirth. Julie and Pete are rapidly converging in time—a chance encounter between them may be the Earth’s only hope.

Winner of the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novella

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Nebula- and Hugo-winner Kress mixes time travel, global catastrophe, and mysterious aliens in this strong postapocalyptic tale. Gruff teenager Pete makes brief runs back in time from the desolation of the year 2035, using alien technology that can only transport children, to pick up fresh supplies and recruits. Julie, a mathematician in 2013, finds a pattern in a series of kidnappings. They are, of course, Pete’s expeditions, and as the two head towards their inevitable collision, the clock ticks down on the catastrophe that will turn Julie’s orderly world into Pete’s devastated landscape. Kress handles the crisscrossing timelines with cool elegance, making a complicated story clean and easy to read. Some readers may find both the setting and the characters a little severe, but the ultimate message of hope and understanding resonates strongly. (May)
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"This isn't the usual post-environmental apocalypse/alien invasion survival book. . . . Readers of science fiction and those interested in environmental issues will question the current wisdom about our environment and climate science, as well as how much effect humans may—or may not—have on the future."  —School Library Journal (April 2012)

"A very impressive and obviously heartfelt work." —www.bookgasm.com

"It's hard to imagine a better writer of science fiction in America today than Nancy Kress – to call Kress a science-fiction writer seems too limiting. She's one of our best writers."  —Salt Lake Tribune

"I highly recommend this book." —www.NerdsInBabeland.com

"A disturbing, lively piece of fiction." —www.SeattlePI.com

"Nebula- and Hugo-winner Kress mixes time travel, global catastrophe, and mysterious aliens in this strong postapocalyptic tale. . . . Kress handles the crisscrossing timelines with cool elegance." —Publishers Weekly (March 19, 2012)

"An elegant novella that combines several wildly different science fiction ideas into a tight package. . . . Expect to see this one on the final ballots of the major awards next year." —www.tor.com

"A highly intelligent, sublimely understated glimpse into humankind's future – it's comparable in thematic impact to Walter M. Miller, Jr.'s classic A Canticle for Leibowitz." —Paul Goat Allen, www.bn.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616960650
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 714,067
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Nancy Kress is the best-selling author of twenty science-fiction and fantasy novels, including Beggars in Spain, Probability Space, and Steal Across the Sky. She has also published four short-story collection and three books on the fundamentals of writing. Kress frequently explores biology and genetic engineering in her fiction, as in her acclaimed Beggars series and her bio-thriller, Dogs. She is a five-time Nebula Award winner and the recipient of two Hugos, the Sturgeon, and Campbell awards. Her fiction has been translated into nearly two dozen languages, including Klingon. She teaches at venues including the Clarion Writers' Program and as a guest professor at the University of Leipzig in Germany.
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  • Posted September 15, 2012

    This new novella, a length Nancy Kress excels at, is a highly cr

    This new novella, a length Nancy Kress excels at, is a highly crafted work of short fiction. Each chapter is short, sometimes very much so, but conveys a detailed event along one of the three interwoven story arcs. Some readers might find this style uncomfortably fragmentary yet the method moves the story along rapidly. Every scene is densely packed with plot and character development. The catastrophes depicted in the novella are meticulously researched and based in current science. This is another hallmark of the author’s work. It is an interesting commentary that two of the three global disasters would probably have left substantial survivors. It would, in all likelihood, take all three to shake humanity loose from the planet in the fashion proposed by “After the Fall”. I found this a short, thought provoking and entertaining read.

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    A relatively short (under 200 pages) but interesting novel that

    A relatively short (under 200 pages) but interesting novel that puts a unique spin on the apocalypse. As the title suggests, each chapters carries us backwards or forwards in time, telling three intersecting stories:

    AFTER THE FALL: A claustrophobic, emotionally charged, post-apocalyptic tale of dying adults, damaged adolescents, and stolen children.

    BEFORE THE FALL: Cold and efficient, a contemporary drama surrounding one woman's struggle to decipher a mystery while preparing for single motherhood.

    DURING THE FALL: Brief, tantalizing, and the heart of the story, these mini chapters offer a terrifying glimpse into just how simply catastrophic change can begin.

    This is a book where execution is everything, where the telling of the story trumps the story itself. Personally, I saw the 'twist' revelation coming very early on, but that's OK. Instead of being something that hooks the reader or sets the stage for an earth-shattering climax, the twist is more a key to unlocking the melancholy truth behind the end of human civilization.

    Fortunately, the telling is solid, populated by characters who may not be entirely likeable, but to whom we can either relate, or with whom we can sympathize. Pete (AFTER) is a spoiled teenager, a sad, angry, lonely young man who fills his time by having emotionless sex with teenagers as damaged as himself, and with secret, painful, unrequited longing for an older woman who serves as teacher, mother, doctor, aunt, and friend. His only escape from The Shell (a sterile bubble in which the human race has been preserved) is through brief jaunts into the past, where he steals supplies he doesn't understand . . . and young children to help repopulate the race.

    Julie (BEFORE) is a lonely, independent, brilliant mathematician who has been helping the FBI to find a pattern in the bizarre string of child abductions and store thefts. Having become too close to her FBI partner, she chooses to embark on a path of single motherhood, even as she finds herself cast adrift by an agency that doesn't believe her theories. Driven as much by her need to find a purpose behind the pattern as she is by the need to protect her child, she sets herself on a course that will ultimately see her cross paths with Pete . . . before it's too late to satisfy either need.

    A solid effort, with a well thought out, appreciably detailed, yet somehow understated catastrophic end to humanity's reign in the final chapters. I would have like a bit more insight into the aliens, but that's a minor quibble and doesn't detract from my appreciation for the story Nancy Kress has crafted here.

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  • Posted August 9, 2012

    I'm a long time sci-fi reader. I also love good literature. This

    I'm a long time sci-fi reader. I also love good literature. This is an exceptional book on both counts. I like big world building books like Alistair Reynolds and Kim Stanley Robinson's latest, but sometimes it's so pleasant to experience a more intimate and concise story as presented by the brilliant Ms. Kress. I wish she'd publish more often.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2012

    Very short

    Not kress's best by a long shot but still a good story well written......but really a novella rather than a full novel.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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