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Perhaps the Stars
10 Jun 2021 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781786699596

In the final instalment of the Terra Ignota series, the long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end...

Fiction / FL (Science Fiction)
Extent: 448 pages
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Perhaps the StarsTerra Ignota, 4Ada Palmer

The final instalment in Ada Palmer's award-winning, critically acclaimed Terra Ignota series.

The long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end. Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency hum within the once steadfast leadership of the Hives, nations without fixed location.

The heartbreaking truth is that for decades, even centuries, the leaders of the great Hives bought the world's stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held. The Hives' facade of solidity is the only hope they have for maintaining a semblance of order, for preventing the public from succumbing to the savagery and bloodlust of wars past. But as the great secret becomes more and more widely known, that facade is slipping away. Just days earlier, the world was a pinnacle of human civilization. Now everyone? Hives and hiveless, Utopians and sensayers, emperors and the downtrodden, warriors and saints scramble to prepare for the seemingly inevitable war.

Ada Palmer is an author, historian and composer. Her Terra Ignota series explores how humanity's cultural and historical legacies might evolve in a future of borderless nations and globally commixing populations. She teaches in the University of Chicago History Department, studying the Renaissance, Enlightenment, classical reception, the history of books, publication and reading, censorship and information control, and the history of philosophy, heresy, science, atheism. She is the author of Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance (Harvard University Press). She often researches in Italy, usually in Florence or at the Vatican. She composes fantasy, SF and mythology-themed music, including the Viking mythology musical stage play Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok, and often performs at conventions with her vocal group Sassafrass. She also researches anime/manga, especially Osamu Tezuka, early post-WWII manga and gender in manga, and has worked as a consultant for many anime and manga publishers. She blogs for Tor.com, and writes the philosophy & travel blog ExUrbe.com.

Too Like the Lightning was shortlisted for a 2017 Hugo Best SF novel, and Ada Palmer won the John W. Campbell Award in 2017.

Described as The Iliad meets I, Claudius mixed with Gene Wolfe style world-building and gender politics.

MARKET: Ann Leckie; Jo Walton; Cixin Liu.


PRAISE FOR ADA PALMER:
'More intricate, more plausible, more significant than any debut I can recall' Cory Doctorow.
'Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent' Ken Liu.
'The kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do' Jo Walton. ,

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