What happens to love when cryogenics and dating services collide?

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In Will McIntosh's new novel, Love Minus Eighty, humans can live beyond their natural lifespans thanks to cryogenic technologies. So we've achieved near-immortality. What does that do to our relationships?

Orbit has just released this trailer for McIntosh's book, which makes the whole thing seem rather sombre and spooky. There's nothing better than smart science fiction that looks at how technology affects humanity, so we're looking forward to this one. Here's the official synopsis:

In the future, love is complicated and death is not necessarily the end. Love Minus Eighty follows several interconnected people in a disquieting vision of romantic life in the century to come.

There's Rob, who accidentally kills a jogger, then sacrifices all to visit her in a cryogenic dating facility, seeking forgiveness but instead falling in love.

Veronika, a shy dating coach, finds herself coaching the very woman who is stealing the man she loves.

And Mira, a gay woman accidentally placed in a heterosexual dating center near its inception, desperately seeks a way to reunite with her frozen partner as the years pass.

In this daring and big-hearted novel based on the Hugo-winning short story, the lovelorn navigate a word in which technology has reached the outer limits of morality and romance.


Love Minus Eighty comes out from Orbit in June.