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VIRTUAL EVENT: ADAM SOTO - This Weightless World

Adam Soto Event graphic with author photo and book cover image
Friday, November 12, 2021 - 6:00pm
Virtual Event
This Weightless World: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781662600630
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Astra House - November 9th, 2021


  • Digital Doors Open at approx. 5:50PM CDT.
  • Event Begins at 6:00PM CDT.
  • Signed and personalized copies are available for purchase, while supplies last. If you would like a personalized copy, please write down the name you would like in the comments section of the purchase.

NOTE: Because this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom, you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.

In conversation with Fernando A. Flores


“Soto’s characters are finely drawn, as are their philosophically thorny conflicts with each other…Amid the discovery of alien life, a touching meditation on humanity.” —Kirkus Reviews

A literary debut subverting classic sci-fi tropes set in gentrified Chicago, Silicon Valley, and across the vastness of the cosmos.

From the streets of gentrified Chicago, to the tech boom corridors of Silicon Valley, This Weightless World follows a revolving cast of characters after alien contact upends their lives.

We are introduced to Sevi, a burned-out music teacher desperate for connection; Ramona, his on-again, off-again computer programmer girlfriend; and Sevi’s cello protégé Eason, struggling with the closure of his high school; after a mysterious signal arrives from outer space. When the signal—at first seen as a sign of hope—stops as abruptly as it started, they are all forced to reckon with its aftermath. In San Francisco, Sevi fights to find meaning in rekindled love; and Ramona–determined to build an AI to prevent mankind’s self-destruction–begins to feel the weight of past mistakes. And in Chicago, Eason measures his commitment to an estranged childhood friend against the chance of escaping neighborhood troubles.

A dazzling deconstruction of science fiction tropes, This Weightless World looks to the past for a vision of the future.


Adam Soto is web editor at American Short Fiction. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and is a former Michener-Copernicus Foundation Fellow. He lives with his wife in Austin, TX, where he is a teacher and a musician. His debut novel, This Weightless World, was released this year. His collection of ghost stories, Concerning Those Who Have Fallen Asleep, is forthcoming from Astra House fall 2022. Follow him on Twitter @adjoso and IG @adamjsoto. For more information, visit adamsotowriter.com.


Fernando A. Flores was born in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, and grew up in South Texas. He is the recipient of a 2014 literary award from the Alfredo Cisneros Del Moral Foundation. His writing has appeared in the Bilingual Review, The Texas Observer, Huizache, Bat City Review, and New Border Voices: An Anthology. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he works as a bookseller.

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