Emergency Skin

Emergency Skin

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.

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    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...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    This is my favorite short story from the Forward Collection....

  • chai ?

    One of the most brilliant short stories I've ever read. There's so much in this tale that I cannot possibly hold enough of it in my hands. I will recommend it every day....

  • 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...

  • carol.

    A little soft and quite overt for Jemisin's capabilities, but I do appreciate the flip of the wish-fulfillment fantasy. An interesting tone, somewhat playful, that accomplishes that time-honored goal ...

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    What a fun lunchtime read this was. NK Jemisin is so fucking cool....

  • Nataliya

    “Can’t start a revolution with the enemy shouting in your head, after all.” It’s a story told by that little nagging voice inside your head - the one that you can spend your whole l...

  • 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...

  • Anomaly

    I wanted science fiction, not a comically heavy-handed political statement with caricatures of the extremeists on both sides. The evil people are all rich, white capitalists who check of literally eve...

  • Dennis

    ***Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novelette***The world’s elite, who call themselves the Founders, has left the dying planet and most of its population behind. However, centuries later they ...