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About Arkady Martine
Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. Under both names she writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda, and the edges of the world. Arkady grew up in New York City and, after some time in Turkey, Canada, and Sweden, lives in Baltimore with her wife, Vivian Shaw. Find her online at arkadymartine.net or on Twitter as @ArkadyMartine.
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WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2020
In a war of lies she seeks the truth
Ambassador Mahit Dzmare travels to the Teixcalaanli Empire's interstellar capital, eager to take up her new post. Yet when she arrives, she discovers her predecessor was murdered. But no one will admit his death wasn't accidental - and she might be next.
Now Mahit must navigate the capital's enticing yet deadly halls of power, to discover dangerous truths. And while she hunts for the killer, Mahit must somehow prevent the rapacious Empire from annexing her home: a small, fiercely independent mining station.
As she sinks deeper into an alien culture that is all too seductive, Mahit engages in intrigues of her own. For she's hiding an extraordinary technological secret, one which might destroy her station and its way of life. Or it might save them from annihilation.
An extraordinary science fiction debut, Arkady Martine's first novel in the Texicalaan series, A Memory Called Empire is perfect for fans of John Scalzi, Becky Chambers and Frank Herbert's Dune.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE NEBULA AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL 2020
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD 2020
SHORTLISTED FOR THE GOODREADS CHOICE AWARDS 2019
PRAISE FOR A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE
'A mesmerizing debut . . . it left me utterly dazzled.' The New York Times Book Review
'[A] gorgeously crafted diplomatic space opera . . . Readers will eagerly await the planned sequels to this impressive debut.' Publishers Weekly, starred review
'Exquisite . . . a compelling journey with a rich world and fascinating characters' The Los Angeles Times
'Interesting, detailed, lavish.' The Wall Street Journal
'Contender for debut of the year' SFX Magazine
'A Memory Called Empire perfectly balances action and intrigue with matters of empire and identity. All-round brilliant space opera, I absolutely loved it' Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice
'Stunning sci-fi debut. An ambassador from a small space station has to survive in the capital of a galactic empire where everyone seems to want her dead. Add in a great will-they-won't-they wlw romantic interest. Awesome' Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson series
A Desolation Called Peace is the spectacular space opera sequel to A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine, winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel.
An alien terror could spell our end.
An alien threat lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is supposed to win a war against it.
In a desperate attempt to find a diplomatic solution, the fleet captain has sent for an envoy to contact the mysterious invaders. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass – both still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire – face an impossible task: they must attempt to negotiate with a hostile entity, without inadvertently triggering the destruction of themselves and the Empire.
Whether they succeed or fail could change the face of Teixcalaan forever.
‘All-round brilliant space opera, I absolutely loved it’ Ann Leckie on A Memory Called Empire
‘A cutting, beautiful, human adventure . . . The best SF novel I’ve read in the last five years’ Yoon Ha Lee on A Memory Called Empire
Madeleine L’Engle once said, “When we lose our myths we lose our place in the universe.” The Mythic Dream gathers together eighteen stories that reclaim the myths that shaped our collective past, and use them to explore our present and future. From Hades and Persephone to Kali, from Loki to Inanna, this anthology explores retellings of myths across cultures and civilizations.
Featuring award-winning and critically acclaimed writers such as Seanan McGuire, Naomi Novik, Rebecca Roanhorse, JY Yang, Alyssa Wong, Indrapramit Das, Carlos Hernandez, Sarah Gailey, Ann Leckie, John Chu, Urusla Vernon, Carmen Maria Machado, Stephen Graham Jones, Arkady Martine, Amal El-Mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, and more, The Mythic Dream is sure to become a new classic.
Featuring new fiction by Elizabeth Bear, S.B. Divya, Arkady Martine, Marissa Lingen, Sunny Moraine, Vivian Shaw, and R.K. Kalaw, reprinted fiction by Vandana Singh, essays by Fran Wilde, John Wiswell, Iori Kusano, Rebecca Roanhorse, and Sarah Monette, and poetry by Sofia Samatar & Del Samatar, Nitoo Das, Sonya Taaffe, and Ana Hurtado, interviews with S.B. Divya and Sunny Moraine by Caroline M. Yoachim, a cover by Tran Nguyen, and an editorial by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.
Featuring new fiction by Arkady Martine, Jennifer Marie Brissett, Emma Törzs, A.T. Greenblatt, Meg Elison, and Suzanne Walker. Reprint fiction by Sonya Taaffe. Essays by Fran Wilde, Kelly Lagor, Khairani Barokka, and Ada Palmer, poetry by Valerie Valdes, Ali Trotta, Roshani Chokshi, and T.K. Lê, interviews with Emma Törzs and Meg Elison by Caroline M. Yoachim, a cover by Julie Dillon, and editorials by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, and Elsa Sjunneson.
As we wait for the light of Spring to return, as we live each day looking for hope & beauty amidst the things that frighten us, stories are (and always have been, and always will be) our most steadfast companions.
We hope that you enjoy these nine potent reminders, to mark the start of our ninth year.
Table of Contents
· Coming of Age in A Visual World by Ajapa Sharma
· Ruin Marble by Arkady Martine
· Datsue-Ba by Eliza Chan
· The Tailings by Brian Daniel Green
· Champollion’s Foot by Haris A. Durrani
· Instructions for Astronauts by Michael Janairo
· Three Poems by Ingrid Jendrzejewski
· family (a form somehow must) by Gwynne Garfinkle
· How to build a woman, sodden flowered and strong by Hester J. Rook
· The Santa Monica Prophecies: A Collaborative Triptych by Layla Al-Bedawi, Holly Lyn Walrath & Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
· Her Broken Shadow: How I Made a Science-Fiction Feature Film in East Africa by Dilman Dila
· From the Ruins of the Quake by Ashim Shakya
· An Indian Architecture Student’s Art Journal by Ashish Mathew Mammen
· Two Visual Poems by Holly Lyn Walrath
· Robots, Ghosts, and Dreams: Some Preoccupations of World SF by Rachel Cordasco
· Aliens with a Human Face: The Human-like Non-Humans of Doctor Who by Urna Mukherjee
· Asian Monsters, Edited by Margrét Helgadóttir by Ajapa Sharma
· The Collected Poems of Bruce Boston: Dark Roads and Brief Encounters With My Third Eye by Salik Shah
Edited by Salik Shah and Ajapa Sharma
Edited by Rose Lemberg, and featuring work by:
Celeste Rita Baker
M. David Blake
Sheree Renée Thomas
Yoon Ha Lee
Cover art by Galen Dara
Interior illustrations by M Sereno (Likhain)
Designed and typeset by Bogi Takács
Our five May stories contain unique voices that will carry readers to beautiful and tragic places, be it to distant star empires, robot-infested cities, the cracked world in the wake of an earthquake, or the inner chambers of the human heart.
All the Colors You Thought Were Kings, by Arkady Martine
Moonrise glitters dull on the sides of the ship that'll take you away. She's down by the water, her belly kissing the sand and her skinny landing-legs stuck out like a crab. You and Tamar watched her land, stayed up half the night like babies staring at their first meteor storm, peeking over the railings of Tamar's balcony and marveling at how the falling star-glimmer lit up the lights under your skins like an echo. You two have been full up with starstuff for as long as you've been old enough to go outside the crèche by yourselves. Now you're almost home.
Suicide Bots, by Bentley A. Reese
The car won't go faster. Why won't it go faster? It needs to go faster. We're laughing. I grind my foot against the gas pedal. I stand half off my seat and lay into it. I scream at the gas. The gas is no good. The gas needs to go faster. I hear plastic snap and the pedal breaks under my foot—we go a wild two-thirty. We fly across the road. The Mustang's engine punches out of the hood. A steaming, choking monster, it wants us to want it. I wanna ride it. I want to ride the engine screaming and burning into stupid oblivion. I'll rut the world so it remembers I existed. So I remember that I existed.
Define Symbiont, by Rich Larson
They are running the perimeter again, slipping in and out of cover, sun and shadow. Pilar knows the route by rote: crouch here, dash there, slow then quick. While they run, she ticks up and down the list of emergency overrides, because it has become a ritual to her over the course of the long nightmare, a rosary under her chafed-skinless fingertips
An Atlas in Sgraffito Style, by A.J. Fitzwater
It's the third month after the cities collide when the women dance out of the walls. They are the worthy women, the terrible, bright, ugly, and genius. Terrifying puppet vandals.
.subroutine:all///end, by Rachael Acks
The first despairing sob of Helen’s cracked voice registers, matches waveforms, and executes number 88 out of my 2,102 hanging subroutines.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
When the Fall Is All That's Left — Arkady Martine
All Things to All People — D.K. Thompson
Me and Jasper, Down by the Meth Shack — Aaron Saylor
The Atlas of Hell — Nathan Ballingrud
Super Duper Fly — Maurice Broaddus
Unreliable Narrators in Kiernan and Chambers — Lucy A. Snyder
Interview with D.K. Thompson — Andrea Johnson
Interview with Joshua Hutchinson — Russell Dickerson
Ten Little Zombies — Gregg Chamberlain
The Underworld — Laurel Dixon
Minotaur — Zachary Riddle
Hello, Wild Things, and Good Luck — Sarah Hollowell
Empire Ascendant — Kameron Hurley
The Pickpocket's Tale — Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
Words from the Editor-in-Chief — Jason Sizemore