Too Like the Lightning

Too Like the Lightning

Ada Palmer

Science Fiction / Fantasy / History

Mycroft Canner is a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. Carlyle Foster is a sensayer—a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away.The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st-century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s. It is a hard-won utopia built on technologically-generated abundance, and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech. What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations. And most of the world's population is affiliated with globe-girdling clans of the like-minded, whose endless economic and cultural competion is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety. To us it seems like a mad...
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The Will to Battle--Book 3 of Terra Ignota

The Will to Battle--Book 3 of Terra Ignota

Ada Palmer

Science Fiction / Fantasy / History

The Will to Battle—the third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota series—a political SF epic of extraordinary audacity"A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent." —Ken Liu, author of The Grace of KingsThe long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end.Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency humwithin 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 Hivesbought the world's stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. Sothat no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held.The Hives' façade of solidity is the only...
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The Will to Battle

The Will to Battle

Ada Palmer

Science Fiction / Fantasy / History

The Will to Battle—the third book of 2017 John W. Campbell Award winner Ada Palmer's Terra Ignota series—a political SF epic of extraordinary audacity"A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent." —Ken Liu, author of The Grace of KingsThe long years of near-utopia have come to an abrupt end.Peace and order are now figments of the past. Corruption, deception, and insurgency humwithin 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 Hivesbought the world's stability with a trickle of secret murders, mathematically planned. Sothat no faction could ever dominate. So that the balance held.The Hives' façade of solidity is the only...
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Seven Surrenders--A Novel

Seven Surrenders--A Novel

Ada Palmer

Science Fiction / Fantasy / History

"A cornucopia of dazzling, sharp ideas set in rich, wry prose that rewards rumination with layers of delight. Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent." —Ken Liu, author of The Grace of KingsIn a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision for the needs of all, a future in which no one living can remember an actual war...a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end.For known only to a few, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed location, have long conspired to keep the world stable, at the cost of just a little blood. A few secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction can ever dominate, and the balance holds. And yet the balance is beginning to give way.Mycroft Canner, convict, sentenced to wander the globe in service to all, knows more about this conspiracy the than he can ever admit. Carlyle Foster, counselor, sensayer, has secrets as well, and they...
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