And Then There Were (N-One)

"And Then There Were (N-One)" is a 2017 science fiction/murder mystery novella by Sarah Pinsker. It was first published in Uncanny Magazine. It was republished in the collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea.

"And Then There Were (N-One)"
Short story by Sarah Pinsker
Genre(s)Science fiction, murder mystery
Published inUncanny Magazine #15
Publication dateMarch 7, 2017



When physicist Sarah Pinsker is murdered at SarahCon — an interdimensional convention where everyone is Sarah Pinsker from a different alternate timeline — only insurance investigator Sarah Pinsker can solve the case.



"And Then There Were (N-One)" was a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Novella of 2017[1] and the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella.[2] It was later republished in the 2019 collection Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Small Beer Press.[3] found it "gloriously high-concept", with "a sense of the minute as potentially revelatory",[4] while Kirkus Reviews described it as "phenomenal".[3] Tangent Online, however, considered it "a fairly straightforward murder mystery", and "rather self-absorbed, for obvious reasons".[5]


  1. ^ 2017 Nebula Award Finalists Announced!, at Science Fiction Writers of America; published February 20, 2018; retrieved March 31, 2018
  2. ^ 2018 Hugo Award Finalists Announced, at; published March 31, 2018; retrieved March 31, 2018
  3. ^ a b SOONER OR LATER EVERYTHING FALLS INTO THE SEA, reviewed at Kirkus Reviews; published December 11, 2018; retrieved April 13, 2019
  4. ^ Where Futurism Meets the Liminal: The Short Fiction of Sarah Pinsker, by Tobias Carroll, at; published April 1, 2019; retrieved April 13, 2019
  5. ^ Uncanny #15, March/April 2017, reviewed by Anne Crookshanks, at Tangent Online; published May 5, 2017; retrieved April 13, 2019