After the success of her collection The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet, Vandana Singh returns to the short story in Ambiguity Machines. Her deep humanism interplays with her scientific background in stories that consider and celebrate this world and others, with characters who try to make sense of the people they meet, what they see, and the challenges they face. An eleventh century poet wakes to find he is an artificially intelligent companion on a starship. A woman of no account has the ability to look into the past. And in "Requiem," a major new novella, a woman goes to Alaska to try and make sense of her aunt's disappearance.
Examining the revolutionary potential of 'speculative fiction', Singh dives deep into the vast strangeness of the universe without and within to explore the ways in which we move through space and time: together, yet always apart.
Ambiguity Machines, And Other Stories
Penguin Random House India
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Vandana Singh was born and raised in new Delhi and currently lives in the united states near Boston, where she professes physics and writes. Her short stories have appeared in numerous venues and several best of year anthologies, including the best American science fiction and fantasy. She is the author of the ala notable book young uncle comes to town (young zubaan/puffin India, 2004) and a previous short story collection, the woman who thought she was a planet and other stories (zubaan/penguin India, 2009)