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“The New Guys Always Work Overtime”

Taylor thought he liked working in human resources at Just-in-Time Fabrication and Fulfillment. Instead of outsourcing production, they'd remained 100% MADE IN AMERICA—by bringing in cheap labor through a time portal. Training these occasionally quaint temp workers seemed like a pretty OK job—until Taylor met the latest batch of New Guys.

WINNER: Asimov's Science Fiction Readers' Award, Best Short Story, 2013

Thanks for visiting! Most folks wind up here because they read “There Was No Sound of Thunder” in the June 2014 issue of Asimov's and want to read more about Taylor and his terrible, terrible career decisions. The first story in this series is “The New Guys Always Work Overtime”; it ran in Asimov's in February of 2013, won an Asimov's Readers' Award—and is now available in several digital formats!

Your digital options:

  • Buy an ebook from Amazon
  • Listen to the audio version produced by StarShipSofa last year: “The New Guys Always Work Overtime” starts around minute 27 of this podcast
  • Gimme your email address and receive an absolutely FREE!!! ebook bundle (includes a mobi version for Kindle, an ePub version for everything else, and a PDF, all DRM-free and yours to keep for ever and ever and ever)

Want a paper copy? Your local library or Asimov's Customer Service may be able to help you out—or, get the free PDF and print it out.

If you dig the “New Guys” stories, you'll almost certainly dig my novelette form the July/August 2014 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction: “The Traveling Salesman Solution”, which (somewhat cryptically) made Ellen Datlow's recommended reading list for her 2014 Best Horror of the Year antho—but, hey, give it a read and you make the call.

I'm unlikely to properly e-book-ify this one any time soon, so if you want to give it a read, just contact me and I'll drop you a PDF of the page-proof (which is basically identical to what ran in F&SF; there were only minor corrections, as I recall). If you dig my writing in general, you there's more here (and there's free stuff here).