Short Fiction Watch: Lavie Tidhar’s NEOM among the BEST OF BRITISH SF 2019!

We’re very happy to report that Lavie Tidhar has a story included in the BEST OF BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION 2019 anthology! Specifically, his story NEOM. The anthology is out now, published by NewCon Press and edited by Donna Scott. here’s the synopsis…

Twenty-two stories that represent some of the best SF published anywhere in 2019: stories of heroism, stories of loss, stories of wonder. In this volume you will encounter tales in which creatures are cut off from their loved ones; someone is trapped with an abuser; a bird sings; weeds grow where we hope for a garden; we consider what our alternative selves might be doing; we can’t sleep; we wish we could keep things just the way they were; we drink too much… and we look to rockets blasting off into the sky and think that there lies the future; that’s hope.

Lavie’s latest novel, BY FORCE ALONE, is out now in the UK (Head of Zeus) and due to be published next month in North America (Tor Books).

Short Fiction Watch: THE BOOK OF DRAGONS, featuring Aliette de Bodard!

The mighty dragon: possibly the most popular, and quintessential fantasy creature/monster. In this instalment of Short Fiction Watch, we wanted to draw your attention to THE BOOK OF DRAGONS, a new anthology of short stories edited by Jonathan Strahan. Published by Voyager in the UK (out now) and in North America (out tomorrow), it features a story by Aliette de Bodard!

Modern masters of fantasy and science fiction put their unique spin on the greatest of mythical beasts — the dragon — in never-before-seen works written exclusively for this fantasy anthology compiled by award-winning editor Jonathan Strahan and with art by Rovina Cai!

Here there be dragons…

From China to Europe, Africa to North America, dragons have long captured our imagination in myth and legend. Whether they are rampaging beasts awaiting a brave hero to slay or benevolent sages who have much to teach humanity, dragons are intrinsically connected to stories of creation, adventure, and struggle beloved for generations.

Bringing together nearly thirty stories and poems from some of the greatest science fiction and fantasy writers working today — Garth Nix, Scott Lynch, R.F. Kuang, Ann Leckie & Rachel Swirsky, Daniel Abraham, Peter S. Beagle, Beth Cato, Zen Cho, C. S. E Cooney, Aliette de Bodard, Amal El-Mohtar, Kate Elliott, Theodora Goss, Ellen Klages, Ken Liu, Seanan Maguire, Patricia A McKillip, K. J. Parker, Kelly Robson, Michael Swanwick, Jo Walton, Elle Katharine White, Jane Yolen, Kelly Barnhill, Brooke Bolander, Sarah Gailey, and J. Y. Yang — and illustrated by award-nominated artist Rovina Cai with black-and-white line drawings specific to each entry throughout, this extraordinary collection vividly breathes fire and life into one of our most captivating and feared magical creatures as never before and is sure to become a treasured keepsake for fans of fantasy, science fiction, and fairy tales.

Aliette’s contribution is the story THE LAST HUNT. In related news, Aliette’s latest novella, OF DRAGONS, FEASTS AND MURDERS is out tomorrow, published by JABberwocky. It is a story set in the author’s award-winning and critically-acclaimed Dominion of the Fallen series — the novels in that series are published in the UK by Gollancz; in North America by Roc Books (1-2) and JABberwocky (3); and in a growing number of translated edition.

Short Fiction Watch: Lavie Tidhar in THE BEST OF BRITISH FANTASY 2019!

We’re happy to report that Lavie Tidhar has a story included in Newcon Press‘s THE BEST OF BRITISH FANTASY 2019, which is out now! Specifically, his story DEM BONES is included in the anthology. Here’s the book’s synopsis…

Editor Jared Shurin has determined to uncover the very best work published by British and British-based authors in 2019, ending up with as diverse and surprising a set of stories as you are likely to find anywhere. Full of wonder, wit, delight and malevolence. These stories range from traditional to contemporary fantasy, written by a mix of established authors and new voices, combining to provide a veritable potpourri of the fantastical.

Lavie is the multi-award winning author of a growing number of critically-acclaimed novels, novellas and short stories. Three of his recent, award-winning novels are published by Tachyon Publication: UNHOLY LAND, CENTRAL STATION and THE VIOLENT CENTURY.

His most recent novel is BY FORCE ALONE, out now in the UK (Head of Zeus) and due out in August in North America (Tor Books).


In case you missed the announcement earlier, we are happy to share the news that Ben Aaronovitch has a new collection of short fiction on the way! Due to be published by JABberwocky on July 31st, it collects a number of Ben’s Rivers of London-related short stories in one handy place — including some new stories! Here’s the synopsis…

Return to the world of Rivers of London in this first short story collection from #1 Sunday Times bestselling author, Ben Aaronovitch. Tales from the Folly is a carefully curated collection that gathers together previously published stories and brand new tales in the same place for the first time.

Each tale features a new introduction from the author, filled with insight and anecdote offering the reader a deeper into this absorbing fictional world. This is a must read for any Rivers of London fan.

Join Peter, Nightingale, Abigail, Agent Reynolds and Tobias Winter for a series of perfectly portioned tales. Discover what’s haunting a lonely motorway service station, who still wanders the shelves of a popular London bookshop, and what exactly happened to the River Lugg…

With an introduction from internationally bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series, Charlaine Harris.

This collection includes:
The Home Crowd Advantage
The Domestic
The Cockpit
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Granny
King of The Rats
A Rare Book of Cunning Device
A Dedicated Follower of Fashion
Favourite Uncle
Vanessa Sommer’s Other Christmas List
Three Rivers, Two Husbands and a Baby
Moments One-Three

Ben’s Rivers of London novels and novellas are published in the UK by Gollancz; in North America by Del Rey (1-3), DAW Books (4-) and Subterranean Press (novellas); and widely in translation.

‘Ben Aaronovitch has created a wonderful world full of mystery, magic and fantastic characters. I love being there more than the real London’Nick Frost

‘As brilliant and funny as ever’The Sun

‘Charming, witty, exciting’The Independent

‘An incredibly fast-moving magical joyride for grown-ups’The Times


In this instalment of Short Fiction Watch, we wanted to draw your attention to the upcoming collection THE YEAR’S TOP HARD SCIENCE FICTION STORIES 4. Edited by Allan Kaster, it includes THE MENACE FROM FARSIDE by Ian McDonald!

Here’s the relevant portion of the synopsis…

An unabridged collection spotlighting the best hard science fiction stories published in 2019 by current and emerging masters of the genre, edited by Allan Kaster…

… A teenager seeks to maintain her “Captain” status among her non-traditional lunar family by leading her siblings on a dangerous trek to Neil Armstrong’s first footprint on the moon in “The Menace from Farside,” by Ian McDonald.

THE MENACE FROM FARSIDE is the prequel novella in Ian’s Luna series, and was originally published by Here’s the full synopsis…

Remember: Lady Luna knows a thousand ways to kill you, but family is what you know. Family is what works.

Cariad Corcoran has a new sister who is everything she is not: tall, beautiful, confident. They’re unlikely allies and even unlikelier sisters, but they’re determined to find the moon’s first footprint, even if the lunar frontier is doing its best to kill them before they get there.

The highly acclaimed Luna series is published in North America by Tor Books, in the UK by Gollancz, and is available in a growing number of translated editions around the world.

Short Fiction Watch: New Alchemy Wars story by Ian Tregillis!

Ian Tregillis has a new Alchemy Wars story, COME THE REVOLUTION, in the latest issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine! It’s a must-read for fans of the critically-acclaimed series. Here’s is the description, from the editors…

Like much of Tregillis’s fiction, this story combines elements of alternate history, hard science, and fantasy adventure with the exploration of difficult ethical questions and an unmistakable voice… “Come the Revolution” takes place before the first book in the series and plants the seed of that rebellion. Readers who loved the series now have the chance to find out more about it, and readers coming to Tregillis’s world for the first time will be happy to know that there are more books to read when they finish this story.

Ian was also interviewed about the story, and you can read that here.

The Alchemy Wars trilogy is published by Orbit Books in the UK and North America: THE MECHANICAL, THE RISING and THE LIBERATION. In case you missed it, here’s the synopsis for the first novel…

My name is Jax.

That is the name granted to me by my human masters.

I am a slave.

But I shall be free.

Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams, the new novel from Ian Tregillis confirms his place as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.

Ian is also the author of the equally-acclaimed Milkweed Trilogy, also published in the UK by Orbit Books: BITTER SEEDS, THE COLDEST WAR, and NECESSARY EVIL.

Zeno represents Ian Tregillis in the UK & Commonwealth and in Translation, on behalf of Aurous, Inc.

Aliette de Bodard is among the BEST OF UNCANNY!

To ring out the end of the year, we wanted to draw your attention to the BEST OF UNCANNY collection, which was recently published by Subterranean Press. Specifically, because it includes Aliette de Bodard‘s CHILDREN OF THORNS, CHILDREN OF WATER — a short story set in the author’s Dominion of the Fallen world! The story, which is set between the first and second novels in the series, was first published in Uncanny Magazine #17 (July-August 2017). Here’s the synopsis…

In a Paris that never was, a city of magicians, alchemists and Fallen angels struggling to recover from a devastating magical war…

Once each year, the House of Hawthorn tests the Houseless: for those chosen, success means the difference between a safe life and the devastation of the streets. However, for Thuan and his friend Kim Cuc, — dragons in human shapes and envoys from the dying underwater kingdom of the Seine — the stakes are entirely different. Charged with infiltrating a House that keeps encroaching on the Seine, if they are caught, they face a painful death.

Worse, mysterious children of thorns stalk the candidates through Hawthorn’s corridors. Will Thuan and Kim Cuc survive and succeed?

The Dominion of the Fallen novels are THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS, and THE HOUSE OF SUNDERING FLAMES. They are published by Gollancz in the UK, and Roc Books (#1-2) and JABberwocky (#3).

The short story was also available as a pre-order reward from the author before THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS was published. Here is the cover for that version…

Here are just a few of the reviews the series has received so far…

‘Will grab readers and force them to pay attention to the amazing writing and the phenomenal characters. de Bodard will sweep you up into the dark and dirty world Paris has become. The characters are very vivid and will stay with you until long after the last page, as each of them is fighting and longing for something. The writing style rendered the characters’ feelings and emotional turmoil beautifully. Watching Philippe and Isabelle work through their “connection” is fascinating and lovely. There’s so much going on, and every character has their own past, their own tragic history. It’s a whirlwind, it’s heartbreaking and it’s one of the best fantasy novels of 2015.’ — RT Book Reviews (Top Pick August 2015) on THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS

‘A gripping tragedy of forlorn individuals caught up in an angelic version of the Cold War… The story holds up well as a standalone, with clear possibilities but no pressing need for a sequel. De Bodard aptly mixes moral conflicts and the desperate need to survive in a fantastical spy thriller that reads like a hybrid of le Carré and Milton, all tinged with the melancholy of golden ages lost.’ — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS

‘De Bodard… has spun a fascinating Paris of decay and cruelty. ­Phillippe is a marvel of a character, unreliable as a narrator but compelling in his flaws and his deep well of homesickness.‘ — Library Journal (Starred Review) on THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS

‘De Bodard’s writing is very precise, like a well-oiled machine. The tempo is piston perfect, with the prose style having a strong and steady rhythm throughout. The emotional journey is relatively predictable (especially when we get into a marriage sequence), but the narrative is not. In other words, you can pretty much tell that the big emotions are coming, but the how and the why is what keeps you on edge. This is not a villains book; this is a powerful sequel that shows us that the incredibly complex world of the last novel is even more involved than we first expected. Strong stuff which you won’t stop reading till the end.’ — Starburst on THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS

‘The author spins a tale that’s rich, emotional and gripping, and delivers that rare thing: a superior sequel… This is an incredibly rich novel. Even as the scheming, double-crossing and action set pieces unfold, the author never loses sight of the people whose lives are on the line… There’s just so much going on here: social commentary, myths and fairytales that often feel under-represented in genre fiction, a gripping genre adventure and an affecting love story. The author has gone from strength to strength and we can’t wait for this story to continue.’ — SciFi Now (5/5*) on THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS

‘Truly beautifully balanced: between new and old, birth and death, beauty and ugliness, inside and outside, beginning and, yes, ending. It walks the line, and walks it fine.’ — on THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS

‘If you’ve loved the previous entries in this series, consider it a must read. If you haven’t, know that it delivers an intoxicating blend of gothic mystery, apocalyptic fantasy, and Vietnamese myth—meaty, singular, and satisfying.’ — B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog on THE HOUSE OF SUNDERING FLAMES

Short Fiction Watch: Justina Robson in LEGENDS 3!

We’re happy to share the news that one of Justina Robson‘s latest pieces of short fiction is in the new LEGENDS 3 collection! Published by NewCon Press, and edited by Ian Whates, Justina’s contribution is called “By Any Other Name“. Here’s the anthology’s synopsis…

David Gemmell passed away in 2006, leaving behind a legacy of memorable characters, epic settings, and thrilling tales. In the Legends anthologies, today’s finest fantasy authors pay homage to one of fantasy fiction’s greatest ever writers. Full of swordplay, treachery, deeds both dark and noble, with cunning thieves and wily tricksters, blood-thirsty gods and flawed heroes — welcome to Legends.

Justina is the author, most recently, of the acclaimed novels SALVATION’S FIRE, published by Solaris; and GLORIOUS ANGELS and SWITCH, published by Gollancz.

Short Fiction Watch: IN XANADU and NEW ATLANTIS

In this edition of Short Fiction Watch, we wanted to draw your attention to two new piece by Lavie Tidhar!

First up, IN XANADU, a new story that was published on (it’s also available as an eBook from the usual retailers). Here’s the synopsis…

Security through physicality. Security through redundancy. Security through obscurity. How do immortal artificial intelligences defend themselves? With an air gap. With a security force that has no connection to anything that can harm them. With a young woman, trained to fight and to die who, along with her cohort must keep them safe. But In Xanadu things don’t always go as planned…

And second, we also wanted to draw your attention to a new novella that was published in Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, NEW ATLANTIS. Here’s how Lavie described the novella, in an interview for SF Site

“New Atlantis” is a novella set in what I call the Land, a sort of post-apocalyptic utopia where the few survivors of the climate change collapse now live in harmony with their environment – but can still be kind of obsessed with the old world and its excesses! I’ve been writing stories about Mai and the Land for a while now – one of them is “The Buried Giant” in Robots vs Fairies, which is also in a bunch of the Year’s Bests anthologies, and there’s a new one, “Svalbard,” coming out as a sort of interactive/puzzle thing online soon!

Short Fiction Watch: Aliette de Bodard in ECHOES

Just a quick post today to bring to your attention the new anthology ECHOES, which contains a story by Aliette de Bodard! Published by Saga Press, it’s out now.

Everyone loves a good ghost story, especially Ellen Datlow — the most lauded editor in short works of supernatural suspense and dark fantasy. The Saga Anthology of Ghost Stories is her definitive collection of ghost stories.

These twenty-nine stories, including all new works from New York Times bestselling authors Joyce Carol Oates, Alice Hoffman, Seanan McGuire, and Paul Tremblay, span from the traditional to the eclectic, from the mainstream to the literary, from pure fantasy to the bizarrely supernatural. Whether you’re reading alone under the covers with a flashlight, or around a campfire with a circle of friends, there’s something here to please — and spook — everyone.

Aliette is the multi-award winning author of many other short stories, novellas, novellettes and novels. Her most recent series, Dominion of the Fallen, is out now published by Gollancz in the UK, and in North America by Roc Books (#1-2) and JABberwocky (#3). It is also available in a growing number of translated editions.

Aliette is also the author of the acclaimed Xuya series of stories, including THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE (Subterranean Press and JABberwocky), and various stories contained within OF WARS, AND MEMORIES, AND STARLIGHT (Subterranean Press).

The author’s most recent stand-alone novel is the highly-acclaimed IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE, published by JABberwocky.

Short Fiction Watch: Ian McDonald among the BEST OF BRITISH FANTASY 2018!

We’re very happy to report that one of Ian McDonald‘s stories has been included in THE BEST OF BRITISH FANTASY 2018 anthology, edited by Jared Shurin, and published by Newcon Press! Here’s the collection’s synopsis…

The very best fantasy stories by British and British-based authors. More than twenty stories of the strange and fantastic, written by an exciting blend of established names and newer voices, ranging from traditional sword and sorcery to contemporary fantasy. A book packed with mermaids, impossible quizzes, magic swords, towering monsters, ghostly lovers, tricksters, numerous apocalypses, a particularly irritating local councillor… and bees.

Ian’s contribution is THE GUILE, which was first published by Here’s the synopsis…

When an AI that monitors casino gambling in Reno taunts a magician by revealing all his tricks, the magician is determined to exact his revenge.

Here’s what the publisher has to say about the collection…

Editor Jared Shurin spread his net wide to discover the very best work published by British and British-based authors in 2018, whittling down the nearly 200 stories under consideration to just 21 selected (22 in the hardback edition) and two poems. These stories range from traditional sword and sorcery to contemporary fantasy, written by a mix of established fantasy authors, new voices, and those who are not usually associated with genre fiction. The result is a wonderfully diverse anthology of high quality tales.

Ian’s latest series is Luna, published by Gollancz (UK) and Tor Books (US), and also widely in translation: NEW MOON, WOLF MOON, and MOON RISING.

Short Fiction Watch: Aliette de Bodard, Ian McDonald & Lavie Tidhar among the BEST SF OF THE YEAR…

Today we have a bit of a smorgasbord of short fiction to draw your attention to, from Aliette de Bodard, Ian McDonald, and Lavie Tidhar.

Let’s start with Aliette de Bodard, who has stories featuring in three different publications (pictured at the top). First, Aliette has a story in MISSION CRITICAL, an anthology edited by Jonathan Strahan, due to be published by Solaris. Here’s the collection’s synopsis…


Life is fragile. The difference between success and failure can come down to nothing – the thread of a screw, the flick of a switch – and when it goes wrong, you fix it. Or someone dies.

Mission Critical takes us from our world, across the Solar System, and out into deep space to tell the stories of people who had to do the impossible.

And do it fast.

In addition to this, Aliette has stories in the latest issue of Clarkesworld (“Two Sisters in Exile”, also available online), and also the first anthology from New Accelerator (“A Dance of Dust and Life”).

THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF THE YEAR: VOL. 4 has stories from Aliette, Ian McDonald, and Lavie Tidhar. Published by Night Shade Books, here’s the relevant content…

  • “Ten Landscapes of Nili Fossae” by Ian McDonald (2001: An Odyssey in Words, edited by Ian Whates and Tom Hunter)
  • “The Buried Giant” by Lavie Tidhar (Robots vs. Fairies, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe)
  • “Among the Water Buffaloes, a Tiger’s Steps” by Aliette de Bodard (Mechanical Animals, edited by Selena Chambers and Jason Heller)

Ian McDonald is the author of, most recently, the Luna series — NEW MOON, WOLF MOON, and MOON RISING — published by Gollancz (UK) and Tor Books (US). He is also the author of the novellas TIME WAS and the forthcoming THE MENACE FROM FARSIDE (

Lavie Tidhar is the author of a number of award-winning and critically-acclaimed novels and novellas, including UNHOLY LAND (Tachyon), CENTRAL STATION (Tachyon), A MAN LIES DREAMING (Hodder/Melville House), THE VIOLENT CENTURY (Hodder/Tachyon), OSAMA, and his first novel for young readers, CANDY (Scholastic).

Aliette is also the author of the Dominion of the Fallen series, published by Gollancz in the UK and Roc Books in North America (1-2): THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, THE HOUSE OF BINDING THORNS, and the upcoming THE HOUSE OF SUNDERING FLAMES. She is also the author of IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE (JABberwocky), THE TEA MASTER AND THE DETECTIVE (Subterranean Press/JABberwocky), and OF WARS, AND MEMORIES, AND STARLIGHT (Subterranean Press).

Short Fiction Watch: Lavie Tidhar is among the BEST OF BRITISH SF 2018!

In this edition of Short Fiction Watch, we wanted to draw your attention to the upcoming collection BEST OF BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION 2018, edited by Donna Scott. Due to be published by Newcon Press on August 21st, 2019 (with an official launch at Dublin Worldcon), the book includes Lavie Tidhar‘s story TALKING TO GHOSTS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD!

Lavie Tidhar is the author of many critically-acclaimed, multi-award-winning and -nominated novels and short stories. Most recently, his novels UNHOLY LAND and CENTRAL STATION, published by Tachyon Publications.

Ian McDonald, Lavie Tidhar and Aliette de Bodard among the BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF THE YEAR!

We’re very happy to report that stories from three Zeno clients are included in Neil Clark‘s THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF THE YEAR VOLUME 4! Due to be published by Night Shade Books in July, here are the relevant details (in order of appearance in the anthology)…

Keeping up-to-date with the most buzzworthy and cutting-edge science fiction requires sifting through countless magazines, e-zines, websites, blogs, original anthologies, single-author collections, and more — a task accomplishable by only the most determined and voracious readers. For everyone else, Night Shade Books is proud to introduce the latest volume of The Best Science Fiction of the Year, a yearly anthology compiled by Hugo and World Fantasy Award–winning editor Neil Clarke, collecting the finest that the genre has to offer, from the biggest names in the field to the most exciting new writers.

The best science fiction scrutinizes our culture and politics, examines the limits of the human condition, and zooms across galaxies at faster-than-light speeds, moving from the very near future to the far-flung worlds of tomorrow in the space of a single sentence. Clarke, publisher and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed and award-winning magazine Clarkesworld, has selected the short science fiction (and only science fiction) best representing the previous year’s writing, showcasing the talent, variety, and awesome “sensawunda” that the genre has to offer.

  • TEN LANDSCAPES OF NILI FOSSAE by Ian McDonald — originally appeared in 2001: An Odyssey in Words
  • THE BURIED GIANT by Lavie Tidhar — originally published in Robots vs. Fairies
  • AMONG THE WATER BUFFALOES, A TIGER’S STEPS by Aliette de Bodard — originally published in Mechanical Animals

Ian McDonald’s latest novel is LUNA: MOON RISING, published by Gollancz (UK) and Tor Books (US).

Lavie Tidhar’s latest novels are CANDY (Scholastic) and UNHOLY LAND (Tachyon Publications).

Aliette de Bodard’s latest novella is IN THE VANISHERS’ PALACE (JABberwocky).

Short Fiction Watch: Lavie Tidhar’s BAG MAN in THE OUTCAST HOURS

Published this week by Solaris, we’re happy to report that Lavie Tidhar has a story included in THE OUTCAST HOURS, the new anthology edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin.

Diverse new anthology from the acclaimed editors of The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories

We live our lives in the daylight.

Our stories take place under the sun: bright, clear, unafraid. This is not a book of those stories.

These are the stories of people who live at night; under neon and starlight, and never the light of day.

These are the stories of poets and police; writers and waiters; gamers and goddesses; tourists and traders; the hidden and the forbidden; the lonely and the lovers.

These are their lives. These are their stories.

And this is their time: The Outcast Hours.

Including stories by Amira Salah-Ahmed, Cecilia Ekbäck, Celeste Baker, China Miéville, Daniel Polansky, Frances Hardinge, Indrapramit Das, Jeffrey Alan Love, Jesse Bullington, Karen Onojaife, Kuzhali Manickavel, Sam Beckbessinger, Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen, Lavie Tidhar, Leah Moore, Maha Khan Phillips, Marina Warner, M. Suddain and Omar Robert Hamilton.

Lavie’s contribution is the story BAG MAN.

Lavie is the author of an ever-growing number of critically-acclaimed, award-winning novels. His latest is UNHOLY LAND, published by Tachyon Publications. Here’s the synopsis…

Lior Tirosh is a semi-successful author of pulp fiction, an inadvertent time traveler, and an ongoing source of disappointment to his father.

Tirosh has returned to his homeland in East Africa. But Palestina — a Jewish state founded in the early 20th Century — has grown dangerous. The government is building a vast border wall to keep out African refugees. Unrest in Ararat City is growing. And Tirosh’s childhood friend, trying to deliver a warning, has turned up dead in his hotel room. A state security officer has identified Tirosh as a suspect in a string of murders, and a rogue agent is stalking Tirosh through transdimensional rifts — possible futures that can only be prevented by avoiding the mistakes of the past.

From the bestselling author of Central Station comes an extraordinary new novel recalling China Miéville and Michael Chabon, entertaining and subversive in equal measures.