Emergency Skin

Emergency Skin

Title:Emergency Skin
Edition Language:English
ISBN:null
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:33 pages

What will become of our self-destructed planet? The answer shatters all expectations in this subversive speculation from the Hugo Award–winning author of the Broken Earth trilogy.

An explorer returns to gather information from a climate-ravaged Earth that his ancestors, and others among the planet’s finest, fled centuries ago. The mission comes with a warning: a graveyard world awaits him. But so do those left behind—hopeless and unbeautiful wastes of humanity who should have died out eons ago. After all this time, there’s no telling how they’ve devolved. Steel yourself, soldier. Get in. Get out. And try not to stare.

N. K. Jemisin’s Emergency Skin is part of Forward, a collection of six stories of the near and far future from out-of-this-world authors. Each piece can be read or listened to in a single thought-provoking sitting.


    Emergency Skin Reviews

  • Emily May

    I went back and forth on this rating because I seriously loved the story, but there was this cynical little voice in my head questioning whether it was too oversimplified. In the end, though, I rate b...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Yes creepy as hell, do you smell the smoke? Yes, it’s coming from my brain cells and they’re BBQed now, ready to serve inside bun! Four amazing, smoking, mind killer, making you an urgent order fo...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    3.75 stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:A single spaceman arrives on Earth (which he calls “Tellus,” a Latin word similar to Terra) on an important mission from a far-off planet that...

  • Lena

    “Six billion people working toward a goal together is much more effective than a few dozen scrabbling for themselves.” N.K. Jemisin needs to write more Solarpunk because this little taste was del...

  • Veronique

    Excellent short story!Not only does Jemisin concoct a brilliant tale, one full of derision and irony, commenting on many recognisable prejudices, but she does it through a distinctly different narrati...

  • Hamad

    ★ This was the second novella I read from the collection and I was so excited about it because I have heard great things about the author and always wanted to try her works and this seemed like a go...

  • Anna Luce

    ★★★★✰ 4 starsNow this is how you write a great short story. There is a reason why many, me included, regard N.K. Jemisin as one of the best speculative fiction writers out there it’s becau...

  • preoccupiedbybooks

    A hopeful and amusing short story with a unique POV, about how we could change the world and make it better.An explorer goes back to Earth on a secret mission, after his ancestors fled centuries previ...

  • Dawn C

    Again I feel like Nemisin writes better short stories than novels. This was excellent, and I’m definitely going to read the rest of the Forward collection by various authors, if this is an indicator...

  • Alex Bright

    This was lovely, and oddly hopeful. I enjoyed it very much! It's the first of Jemisin's work I've read, but it certainly won't be the last....