A manga artist who is afraid that she herself is slipping into a cartoon version of life; a lab technician who makes art with the cloning technology she uses at work; a sociologist hunting for the gene that makes some people want to take risks—these are some of the characters that people the stories collected in Once Human. Exploring the territory where life is shaped by the science, technologies—and changing worlds—we bring into being, the people here often find that the harder they look, the less they can say. The map that emerges from these stories just as often charts the territory of human longing—and that great poetic theme: the failure of poetry (and of science, and of technology) to explain the ‘why’ of the world if not its ‘how.’

IndiFab Best Book of the Year

(Short Fiction) Nominee


Stories in the collection have been selected for the Harper Collins Anthology of Best Science Fiction; The Iowa Prize, and have received other recognition.


…. a valuable sampling of the work of a compelling and genuinely experimental writer.  –Daniel Green, The Kenyon Review


...Tomasula creates a new postmodern, post-human realism that richly traces our infinite potential of self-production, with just enough human left to give it a beating heart. –Quarterly West


…. In Once Human, Tomasula impresses not only with his literary skills but also with the range of his knowledge. –The Collagist

312 pages • Illustrations throughout.

UAL/FC2 Press. ISBN: 978-1-57366-176-8 • $22.95 paper More information and sample stories at: www.stevetomasula.com


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