I'm Waiting for You and Other Stories

I'm Waiting for You and Other Stories

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“Her fiction is a breath-taking piece of a cinematic art itself. Reminiscent of the world we experienced in Matrix, Inception, and Dark City, still it leads us to this entirely original structure, which is a ground-breaking, mystic literary and cinematic experience. Indeed, powerful and graceful.”—Bong Joon-ho, Oscar-winning director of Parasite

Two worlds, four stories, infinite possibilities 

In this mind-expanding work of speculative fiction, available in English for the first time, one of South Korea’s most treasured writers explores the driving forces of humanity—love, hope, creation, destruction, and the very meaning of existence—in two pairs of thematically interconnected stories.

In “I’m Waiting for You” and “On My Way,” an engaged couple coordinate their separate missions to distant corners of the galaxy to ensure—through relativity—they can arrive back on Earth simultaneously to make it down the aisle. But small incidents wreak havoc on space and time, driving their wedding date further away. As centuries on Earth pass and the land and climate change, one thing is constant: the desire of the lovers to be together. In two separate yet linked stories, Kim Bo-Young cleverly demonstrate the idea love that is timeless and hope springs eternal, despite seemingly insurmountable challenges and the deepest despair.

In “The Prophet of Corruption” and “That One Life,” humanity is viewed through the eyes of its creators: godlike beings for which everything on Earth—from the richest woman to a speck of dirt—is an extension of their will. When one of the creations questions the righteousness of this arrangement, it is deemed a perversion—a disease—that must be excised and cured. Yet the Prophet Naban, whose “child” is rebelling, isn’t sure the rebellion is bad. What if that which is considered criminal is instead the natural order—and those who condemn it corrupt? Exploring the dichotomy between the philosophical and the corporeal, Kim ponders the fate of free-will, as she considers the most basic of questions: who am I?

Title:I'm Waiting for You and Other Stories
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062951465
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    I'm Waiting for You and Other Stories Reviews

  • s.penkevich

    ‘Not one of them lived for long.Not one of them lived lightly.’I’ve often found that science fiction can be an incredible vessel to deliver philosophical inquiries in an engaging and exciting wa...

  • Jenny Lawson

    The first story was very good. The second was complicated but worth it. The third was perfect. I read this during the seventh month of quarantine in this, the year of the plague, and one line in the a...

  • Elyse  Walters

    This is a tricky book to review... I keep coming back to “SO CUTE”....”SO ENDEARING”!Please forgive me ahead of time while I attempt to share about this book: It will be released April 2021. I...

  • imhear (A Little Haze)

    The blurb states “Two worlds, four stories, infinite possibilities” and it doesn’t disappoint. The book gives us four overall stories but stories 1 and 4 are connected to each other, as are stor...

  • WhiskeyintheJar

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I'm Waiting For You and other stories, is a translated collecti...

  • David

    The title story is a proposal commission - something meant for one person to read to his prospective bride. It tells of a groom-to-be on an 8 week Orbit of Waiting rocket that sees him travelling at t...

  • Emily

    “People said this was the end of the world. I disagreed. It was simply the end of the human race. People said the gods had abandoned the world. I disagreed. Divine attention had simply shifted fr...

  • Mobyskine

    Two worlds and four stories that breathtakingly unique, revolves on the idea of timeless and eternal-- from a sci-fi fantasy that linking both a love story and a galaxy exploration to a mystical and s...

  • Bagus

    Waiting is a part of the modern world. There’s been research recently that occupied time feels shorter than unoccupied time, and that’s more or less why we find comfort in spending time with eyes ...

  • Justin Jones

    I’m Waiting for you is a collection of short stories by Kim Bo Young. “I’m Waiting for You” and “On My Way,” the first and third stories, are two halves of a whole; a story and relationshi...