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Annotation: This collection of short stories from the acclaimed, multi-award-winning science fiction/fantasy author sharply examines modern society and challenges readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption.
Catalog Number: #182063
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: xii, 400 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-316-49134-9 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-4399-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-316-49134-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-4399-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018034027
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Publishers Weekly
In 22 powerful and mind-expanding stories, several of which appear for the first time here, Hugo winner Jemisin (The Stone Sky) pushes boundaries, experiments with format and theme, and challenges expectations. While her tales span science fiction and fantasy, certain themes of defiance, feminism, and self-acceptance shine through no matter what the setting or premise. A king devours a dragon-s heart to restore his virility in -The Storyteller-s Replacement,- only to experience unexpected consequences. A gifted chef is challenged to test new recipes by a mysterious benefactor in -L-Alchimista.- In -The Effluent Engine,- a Haitian spy meets her match in an American inventor. In -Walking Awake,- a tale inspired by Robert A. Heinlein-s The Puppet Masters, a woman enslaved by parasitic aliens is given a chance to both avenge and free humankind. Throughout these stories, Jemisin-s versatility is on full display, giving her diverse protagonists numerous chances to shine. Though not every story will resonate with every reader, there-s something in this collection for just about everyone, and many of the works are memorable gems. Those who only know Jemisin for her groundbreaking novels will be impressed all over again by her short fiction, and it serves as an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with her work. Agent: Lucienne Diver, Knight Agency. (Dec.)

Starred Review for Kirkus Reviews
This collection of short stories by Jemisin, the first person to win the Hugo award for best novel three years in a row (most recently for The Stone Sky, 2017), eloquently develops a series of passionately felt themes.Many of these science-fiction and fantasy tales explore the nature of resistance. Some do so on a personal scale: In "The Elevator Dancer," an office worker and a security guard separately search for the tiniest drop of joy in a grim theocratic future, while in "Valedictorian," a high school student fiercely challenges herself to excel while knowing that alien forces outside her community take a specific interest in the best and brightest. Other stories fight back with a wider scope. "Red Dirt Witch" begins with a mother's struggle to protect her children but ends with a family's commitment to the civil rights movement. "The Effluent Engine" takes place in an alternate 19th-century New Orleans where a Haitian spy seeks technological support for her island's resistance to the French. In contrast, "The Trojan Girl" is set in a virtual future where rogue bits of code quest for freedom and enhanced capabilities. "Cloud Dragon Skies" is a cautionary tale about pollution and the dangers of ignoring local culture, while "L'Alchimista" and "Cuisine des Mémoires" celebrate the pleasures and profound power of food. Others are specific and defiant responses to classic sf stories. The collection also includes an early version of the Broken Earth universe and a lovely tragedy set in the lands of the Dreamblood duology.These stories span Jemisin's career; they demonstrate both the growth and active flourishing of one of speculative fiction's most thoughtful and exciting writers.
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Publishers Weekly
Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9+

Three-time Hugo Award winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society in her first collection of short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories.

"Marvelous and wide-ranging."--Los Angeles Times
"Gorgeous" --NPR Books
"Breathtakingly imaginative and narratively bold."--Entertainment Weekly

Spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.

For more from N. K. Jemisin, check out:

The Inheritance Trilogy
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
The Broken Kingdoms
The Kingdom of Gods

The Inheritance Trilogy (omnibus edition)
Shades in Shadow: An Inheritance Triptych (e-only short fiction)
The Awakened Kingdom (e-only novella)

Dreamblood Duology
The Killing Moon
The Shadowed Sun

The Dreamblood Duology (omnibus)

The Broken Earth
The Fifth Season
The Obelisk Gate
The Stone Sky

The ones who stay and fight
The city born great
Red dirt witch
The effluent engine
Cloud dragon skies
The Trojan girl
The storyteller's replacement
The brides of heaven
The evaluators
Walking awake
The elevator dancer
Cuisine des memoires
Stone hunger
On the banks of the River Lex
The narcomancer
Too many yesterdays, not enough tomorrows
The you train
Non-zero probabilities
Sinners, saints, dragons, and haints, in the city beneath the still waters.

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