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Human Resources

by Fiona Moore


A series of single author collections by outstanding writers. The Polestar, or North Star, is defined as the brightest star in Ursa Minor; since every author chosen for this series is a star in their own right, Polestars provides the ideal banner under which to unite such exceptional works.

Fiona Moore is a Canadian-born academic, writer and critic living in London. In 2023 her work won a BSFA Award, having been previously shortlisted for both BSFA and World Fantasy Awards. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Asimov's, Interzone and elsewhere, and has been selected for six consecutive editions of the annual Best of British Science Fiction anthology.

Eighteen stories drawn from more than a decade of publications, plus the title story: a brand new novelette that appears here for the first time.  

From a woman rebelling against the corporation that has turned her into living, breathing product placement to a story of misfit automata that have outlived their sell-by date. From a murder case involving an AI car to the hunt for a sentient battle tank lost somewhere in the jungle... These stories show us disturbing futures that may be a lot closer than we like to think.

Terms And Conditions
Morning in the Republic of America
Selma Eats
Doomed Youth
Leave Only Footprints
The Ghosts of Trees
Push A Little Button
The Island of Misfit Toys
The Kindly Race
Proteus in the City
That Fish Sex Movie
Rabbit Season
The Mouse Trap
The Stepford App
The Lori
Human Resources
Every Little Star
About the Author

“A collection of intelligent, thoughtful, disturbing but ultimately optimistic speculative stories” – Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki

“I loved the collection. One of the best I have read this year with vast range and inventiveness and that particular joy of not knowing what type of story I’m going to get with every turn of the page. Strongly recommended!” – Runalong the Shelves

Of The Lori: “From a technology perspective, this is a beautiful example of how real AI might fail.” – Rocket Stack Rank

Of Every Little Star: “It’s a great story, well thought out and well dramatized” – Locus (staff pick)

Of That Fish Sex Movie: “Super description here, all strong visuals. The writer paints the scene… makes you want to keep reading.” – Writers' Rx

Human Resources is available as a paperback, a limited edition hardback individually numbered and signed by the author, and as an eBook
£13.99 (Paperback)
£26.99 (Signed HB LTD ED)
Published: 15/04/2024
Cat. Number: NCP327
Dimensions: A5 (5.83 × 8.27 inches)
Pages: 276 pp.
ISBN: 978-1-914953-76-7
Editor: Ian Whates
Cover Artist: Enrique Meseguer
Typesetter: Ian Whates
Language: English
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