Cover illustration for The Water That Fals On You From Nowhere

The Water The Falls On You From Nowhere by John Chu

If you like quirky love stories and odd weather, you should definitely read The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere.


In a time not dissimilar from now, water suddenly starts falling from the sky whenever someone tells a lie.

This is the backdrop for this beautiful, character-centered story about Matt, as he grapples with if and how to come out as a gay man to his traditional Chinese parents.

Water falling when you lie as a plot device could easily have been overdone, but Chu uses it in subtle, deft ways that provide insights into the characters and their feelings that may otherwise have been overlooked.

I love character-driven science fiction stories that use sci-fi elements to explore human experience. I think Chu’s story about love, tradition, and family is that approach at its best.

There is no question in my mind as to why this piece won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Short Story. Everyone should read it.

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