Sea Change

Nancy Kress

Nancy Kress (Beggars in Spain, Yesterday’s Kin) once again delivers a smart, mesmerizing biothriller, with a hard yet nuanced look at genetic engineering, and the promise and perils of technology.


Sea Change

by Nancy Kress

ISBN: Trade Paperback IBSN: 978-1-61696-331-6 Digital/Particle Book ISBN: 978-1-61696-332-3

Published: April 2020

Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Digital Books


Nancy Kress (Beggars in Spain, Yesterday’s Kin) once again delivers a smart, mesmerizing biothriller, with a hard yet nuanced look at genetic engineering, and the promise and perils of technology.

Renata Black is entertained by the traffic snarl caused by a self-driving house—until she spots the Org’s Tiffany Teal paint marking the house’s windowsill.

In 2022, GMOs were banned after a biopharmed drug caused the Catastrophe: worldwide economic collapse, agricultural standstill, and personal tragedy for a lawyer and her son. Ten years later, Renata, a.k.a. Caroline Denton, is an operative of the Org, an underground group that could save the world from itself. Their illegal research is performed and protected by splinter cells, which are hunted by the feds.

Now a mole is in the Org. But who would put the Org in jeopardy? Renata is the only one who can find out—and she will need to go to her clients in the Quinault Nation for answers.

 Praise for Sea Change

Nobody is better at destroying the  world—see one of my  favorite novellas, the multi-award-winning After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall—but here Nancy Kress  dives into the science of genetically modified plants and shows us how we just may need them to save the planet. And this brilliant, thoughtful story is also a page-turner!  I don’t know about you, but a thriller about a fear-mongering, anti-science government and the smart, brave people resisting it was exactly the story I needed right now.”
—Daryl Gregory, award-winning writer of Spoonbenders

About the Author

Nancy Kress is the best-selling author of twenty science-fiction and fantasy novels, including Beggars in Spain, Probability Space, and Steal Across the Sky. She has also published four short-story collection and three books on the fundamentals of writing. Kress frequently explores biology and genetic engineering in her fiction, as in her acclaimed Beggars series and her bio-thriller, Dogs. She is a four-time Nebula Award winner and the recipient of two Hugos, the Sturgeon, and Campbell awards. Her fiction has been translated into nearly two dozen languages, including Klingon. She teaches at venues including the Clarion Writers’ Program and as a guest professor at the University of Leipzig in Germany.

Praise for Yesterday’s Kin

A Glamour Magazine Award-Winning Women Authored Sci-Fi Summer Read

“Consider this novella one of the most extreme versions of ‘Can women have it all?’ in recent fiction, with serious family conflict and alien predators to boot.”

“Verdict: Kress has proven that she can pack a huge amount of story into a small container (as with 2013’s title After the Fall Before the Fall, During the Fall), and here the author expertly explores one family’s experience of alien visitation.”
Library Journal

“Science-fiction fans will luxuriate in the dystopian madness, while even nonfans will find an artful critique of humanity’s ability to cooperate in the face of a greater threat.”

“Nancy Kress has always written stories as accessible to the novice as to the seasoned fan, and “Yesterday’s Kin” gets my vote as this summer’s most inviting introduction to science fiction for new readers.”
—Gary K. Wolfe, Chicago Tribune

“Nancy Kress delivers one of the strongest stories of the year to date.”
—Gardner Dozois, editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction series

“Sparely constructed and cleverly resolved, Yesterday’s Kin provides everything readers need for an immersive plunge into a frightening, fascinating and inescapable predicament.”
Seattle Times

“Kress combines intriguing scientific speculation with strong human drama to create a finely crafted story that should appeal to a wide range of readers”
Asimov’s Science Fiction

Fantasy Cafe Best Book of 2014. “Yesterday’s Kin is a wonderful example of why Nancy Kress is such an acclaimed science fiction author.”
Fantasy Cafe

Yesterday’s Kin was a joy to read. Not only was the prose easily digested, but the scientific speculation and facts behind the story really helped in raising enjoyment.”
SFF World

 “Fascinating, intelligent and intuitive.”
Nerds in Babeland

“A cool science fictional premise (along with a lot of genetic science) in the process. The ending has the dual benefit of being one that is (mostly) unexpected and wholly satisfying.”
SF Signal

Praise for Nancy Kress

“Kress, a witty and engaging writer, creates chilling suspense as twisty as a DNA double helix.”
Publishers Weekly

“Her style is devilishly inventive.”

“It’s hard to imagine a better writer of science fiction in America today than Nancy Kress—to call Kress a science-fiction writer seems too limiting. She’s one of our best writers.”
Salt Lake Tribune

Praise for After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall is a highly intelligent, sublimely understated glimpse into humankind’s future—it’s comparable in thematic impact to Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s classic A Canticle for Leibowitz, and that is saying something.”
—Paul Goat Allen, Barnes &

“Nancy Kress is one of the best science-fiction writers working today. Her use of science is tricky and thought-provoking, her command of fiction sharp and full of feeling.”
—Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Mars Trilogy and The Years of Rice and Salt

“An ecological apocalypse so real that it’s like a three-dimensional object that can be viewed from all sides.”
—Ted Kosmatka, author of The Games and The Ascendant

“Haunting, memorable, and a perfect example of how to write a future post-apocalyptic dystopia that is both effectively bleak, but with the all-important factor of human tenacity. Absolutely recommended.”
The Book Smugglers

“Superstar SF and fantasy author Nancy Kress returns with After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, an elegant novella that combines several wildly different science fiction ideas into a tight package.”

“Three narrative lines eventually converge and complement each other, and Kress handles this with her usual superior craftsmanship.”

“This is Nancy Kress in top form, but more importantly, this is SF done right.”
—Daryl Gregory, author of Unpossible and The Devil’s Alphabet

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall is the coming-of-age story for the human race. Nancy Kress has written a chillingly plausible tale of the end of the world.”
—Mary Robinette Kowal, author of Shades of Milk and Honey

“A disturbing, lively piece of fiction.”
Seattle Post Intelligencer

“I highly recommend this book.”
Nerds in Babeland

Praise for Dogs

“Full of suspense and creepy details…delivers on the potential of its gripping premise.”
San Francisco Chronicle

“In my opinion, Nancy Kress is one of the best science-fiction authors of today…. Kress has the magical ability of weaving amazing plot, believable science, and intriguing characters into a coherent whole.”

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