“Or Ten Thousand Goodbyes”.

Nominated for the 2013 Nebula Award in the short-story category
Two big messages are intertwined in this short, dense and punchy story by Tom Crosshill. Two messages connected by a common denominator: the goodbye – the goodbye to our beloved as they get old and disappear, and the daily goodbye to what we are, due to a process of transformation and fragmentation, that’s getting faster and deeper; if it’s true that the cells in our body are renewed every seven years and we cannot be anymore what we were even in one of them, what happens when we cause the transformations and continuous fragmentation of our body and mind? And when we get to the point of fragmenting even death?

In what dark betrayals of ourselves will the desire to live forever lead us?

A dazzling story, that you will never forget.


The novel has inspired a contest among the artists of the School of Comics of Rome with multiple wonderful submissions. The selected, wonderful cover is from Giulia Valentini (here is the website of the artist).

Tom Crosshill is a major new writer with a powerful vision. I fully expect him to become one of the biggest breakout authors of the decade!” – David Farland, New York Times bestselling author of the Runelords series, Writers of the Future 1987 Gold Prize winner, and Hugo- and Nebula-award nominee

Crosshill manages to interweave powerful, often beautiful human poignancy into stories of complex technology and scientific wonder. And he makes it look effortless! This is hard science fiction with a soul.” – N.K. Jemisin, Hugo- and Nebula-nominated author of The Inheritance Trilogy, winner of the Locus Award

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