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With the help of the fine folks at GOODREADS, we’re giving away the brilliant SEA CHANGE by the Nebula Award winner Nancy Kress.
“Kress wisely keeps her global catastrophe on a human scale, eschewing superheroic action for tense realism. This urgent, deeply satisfying story is as tenacious and inspiring as its heroine.”
New from the Nebula Award winning author of Beggars in Spain: A riveting climate-change technothriller of espionage, conspiracy, and hope. In this environmental page-turner, activist lawyer Renata Black—covert member of the Org—must go deep underground to unravel the truth behind the ecological disaster that has paralyzed the food industry and destroyed her family.
“Sea Change is like liquid nitrogen ice cream—a chilling treat.”
—Greg Bear, author of Eon and Take Back the Sky
Operative Renata Black has a serious problem: an ordinary self-driving house. But this house, causing a traffic snarl, also has the Org’s teal paint on the windowsill.
In 2022, GMOs were banned. A biopharmaceutical caused the Catastrophe: worldwide economic and agricultural collapse, and personal tragedy for lawyer Caroline Denton and her son. Ten years later, as Renata Black, she is a member of the Org, an underground group of scientists hunted by the feds. But the Org’s illegal food-research might just hold the key to rebuilding the worlds’ food supply.
Now there’s a mole in the Org, and Renata is the only one who can find out who it is. At risk is the possibility of an even more devastating climate collapse. For answers, she will go to her legal clients from the Quinault Nation. Will there be time to reveal the solutions that the world has not been willing to face?
The first writers retreat was held in February 2007. The idea was to create at least one time and place in the year where all but writing was put aside. The objective was to create an annual writers’ gathering that focused on:Rainforest Writers Village
solitary and community writing…
in an isolated environment…
supported by a collective of contemporaries of like mind and pursuits.
Writers gather at a location of minimized outside interference or influence, ready to spend an intensive four or five days on their own work, with others involved in the same who were present for support and interactive development of written creative work as art, craft, and science. Balanced against this is a schedule of events aimed at supporting this process, with the number of retreat guests and attendees kept to a limit.
The Rain Forest Resort Village is situated on Lake Quinault, nestled in the Olympic Pennisula, and the Quinault Rainforest. Local populations are small and centers of civilization are approximately 50 miles from the resort. Close enough for those who wish to seek them out, and far enough for others not to have to seek escape from them. The resort has no phones in the rooms or cabins, and has spotty cell phone service. It is its own little village, with a restaurant, general store, gift shop, lounge, post office, and laundromat on site.
Participants get writing time free of work and daily social life. They get professional advice from, and interaction with, guests who have had success in the writing business.
There are many events throughout the retreat including four featuring Tachyon authors and editors.More
Nancy Kress’ SEA CHANGE is another excellent, fast-paced read from one of speculative fiction’s most consistent voices
Excitement begins to mount for Nancy Kress’ forthcoming SEA CHANGE.
Christopher East on his eponymous blog praises the novella.
Drowning coastlines, climate refugees, and extreme weather feature prominently in most climate-change SF, but the effects of climate change on agriculture and food security are less frequently explored. Kress corrects this with a characteristically brisk and engaging science fiction thriller. This one quickly establishes an intriguing tapestry of connected mysteries, and then gradually solves them by deftly executing a flashback structure to bounce back and forth through time to fill in the puzzle pieces. Along the way, she mixes a convincing, extended romance subplot in with suspenseful intrigue and convincing futurism. It’s another excellent, fast-paced read from one of speculative fiction’s most consistent voices.
DISCIPLES OF BOLTAX shares similar sentiments.
It was, in a word, fantastic. Ms. Kress has crafted a brilliant and frighteningly realistic near future world where genetically modified foods are a crime and anyone trying to use science feed the hungry is hunted down by the government. It is a taut thriller that never slows down and leaves you wanting more.
Russell Letson in LOCUS (Issue 709, February 2020) reviews the book.
SEA CHANGE includes plenty of old-fashioned science-fictional didaxis – the actuality of the threat of biological disaster, the how and why of ecological change, the machineries of political and social panic and crackdown, the dueling protocols of underground movement and law-enforcement agency. There’s even a molecular diagram of a neurotoxin to accompany the account of how it’s generated in algae blooms. But the book kicks harder because we see and feel the impact of these processes on a whole life, close-up.
At the official STAR TREK site, Margaret Kingsbury includes SEA CHANGE in 20 2020 Sci-Fi Books to Read Based on Your Favorite Star Trek Character.
Renata/Caroline Denton is a lawyer and operative in an underground science organization whose research could save the world. B’Elanna should enjoy the who-done-it turn the book takes when a spy infiltrates the group and only Renata can discover who it is.
Gary Wolfe in The Coode Street Podcast (Episode 363: Books We’re Looking Forward to in 2020) mentions the work.
The author of over 30 books, Nancy Kress achieved her first great notice with the Hugo and Nebula-winning 1991 novella Beggars In Spain. Several of her other works have won Nebula Awards including Fountain Of Age (2007), AFTER THE FALL, BEFORE THE FALL, DURING THE FALL (2013), and YESTERDAY’S KIN (2015). Among Kress’ other award-winning stories are Probability Space (2003, John W. Campbell Memorial Award) and The Erdmann Nexus (2009 Hugo Award). Other acclaimed works include An Alien Light (1988), Oaths And Miracles (1996), Maximum Light (1997), DANCING ON AIR (1997), Probability Moon (2000), DOGS (2008), Flash Point (2012), Yesterday’s Kin trilogy (Tomorrow’s Kin , If Tomorrow Comes , Terran Tomorrow ), and the forthcoming SEA CHANGE. Under the name Anna Kendall, Kress wrote the young adult The Soulvine Moor trilogy (Crossing Over , Dark Mist Rising , A Bright and Terrible Sword ).]
Her numerous short stories have been collected in Trinity and Other Stories (1985), The Aliens of Earth (1993), Beaker’s Dozen (1998), Nano Comes to Clifford Falls and Other Stories (2008), Future Perfect: Six Stories of Genetic Engineering (2012), The Body Human: Three Stories of Future Medicine (2012), AI Unbound: Two Stories of Artificial Intelligence (2012), Fountain of Age: Stories (2012),The Best of Nancy Kress (2015), and Danses aériennes [French] (2017).
A regular at the Clarion writing workshops and at The Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland, Kress was, during the Winter of 2008/09, the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig’s Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany. She has produced trio of books on the craft for Writer’s Digest: Beginnings, Middles, and Ends (1993), Dynamic Characters (1998), and Characters, Emotion, and Viewpoint (2004).
All of us a Tachyon wish the extraordinary Nancy, a happy birthday.
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The latest reviews and mentions of Tachyon titles and authors from around the web.
A collection of short stories all in some ways about unicorns, this anthology offers readers a variety of different fresh, exciting perspectives and engaging prose on the ages-old, and well known, mythical animal. Whilst there are a myriad of different authors chosen for this work, the collection of voices and styles edited together by Beagle and Weisman all sit seamlessly together, making an anthology that is consistently well-rounded and fresh as you flip from story to story.
A clean copy of a book proposal for a projected novel to be written by Avram Davidson and Grania Davis, based on an unpublished novella by Davidson (later published in a version attributed to Davidson and Davis by Tachyon in 1998) which evolved into an “enormous and unwieldy novel ms” by Davidson completed prior to 1988. The draft history of the earliest versions is a bit tangled. Davidson and Davis were represented by two different literary agents in earlier years. In his notes on the Davidson manuscript archive now in the Texas A&M library, Henry Wessells records an 87 page novella manuscript and a 563 novel manuscript (both unpublished), as well as a third version in collaboration with Grania Davis. So far, no novel version of this work has been published. In the Tachyon version, the text begins with the same line as the present manuscript, but is preceded by a three page prologue not present in this version, and ends with an entirely different line of text.More
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY praises SEA CHANGE by Nancy Kress.
Kress wisely keeps her global catastrophe on a human scale, eschewing superheroic action for tense realism. This urgent, deeply satisfying story is as tenacious and inspiring as its heroine.
This is one of R’s Birdverse stories, which I’ve recommended before. Their writing is lovely, their worldbuilding wonderful, their characters real and resonant. If you haven’t acquainted yourself with Birdverse yet, by all means do, and then be ready for this novella to come out next year.
I’ve read some things featuring Hap and Leonard before but wouldn’t say that I’m a massive fan. That may about to change because I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
“SEA CHANGE is like liquid nitrogen ice cream—a chilling treat.”
—Greg Bear, author of Eon and Take Back the Sky
New from the Nebula Award winning author of Beggars in Spain:
A riveting climate-change technothriller of espionage, conspiracy, and
stakes so high they could lead to the destruction of humanity itself. In
this environmental page-turner, activist lawyer Renata Black—covert
member of the Org—must go deep underground to unravel the truth behind
the ecological disaster that has paralyzed the food industry and
destroyed her family.
“A strong, striking look at a a possible future, and the courage that will allow us to survive it.”
— Laura Anne Gilman, author of Heart of Briar and Soul of Fire
Operative Renata Black has a serious problem—a self-driving house
causing a traffic snarl. When Renata spots the Org’s Tiffany Teal paint
marking a windowsill, she discovers a dangerous mystery within the house
In 2022, GMOs were banned after a bio-pharmed 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 a member of the Org, an underground group of
scientists, functioning in splinter cells that are hunted by the feds.
But the Org’s illegal food-research might hold the key to rebuilding the
worlds’ food supply.
Now there’s a mole in the Org, and Black is the only one who can find
out who it is. At risk: the possibility of a second, even more
devastating climate collapse. For answers, Black will need to go all the
way to her Quinault Nation legal clients, to reveal environmental
dangers—and solutions—that the world has not been willing to face.
Nancy Kress, one of our finest speculative writers, once again
delivers a smart, mesmerizing, and surprisingly nuanced look at the
ecological, technological, and political shifts we cannot afford to
For more info about SEA CHANGE, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Elizabeth Story
Get Nancy Kress’ Nebula award winning AFTER THE FALL, BEFORE THE FALL, DURING THE FALL for only $1.99!
“Nebula- and Hugo-winner Kress mixes time travel, global catastrophe, and mysterious aliens in this strong post-apocalyptic tale…. Kress handles the crisscrossing timelines with cool elegance.”
- 2013 Nebula Award Winner
- 2012 Locus Award Winner
- 2013 Hugo Award Nominee
- 2013 Sturgeon Award Nominee
In the year 2035, all that is left of humanity lives in the Shell. No one knows why the Tesslies attacked in 2014, devastated the environment, and nearly destroyed humanity. Or why the aliens imprisoned twenty-six survivors in a sterile enclosure built on the barren remains of the Earth.
“This isn’t the usual post-environmental apocalypse/alien invasion survival book…. Readers of science fiction and those interested in environmental issues will question the current wisdom about our environment and climate science, as well as how much effect humans may—or may not—have on the future.”
—School Library Journal
Fifteen-year-old Pete, one of only six children born in the Shell, is determined to lead humanity to a new beginning. But Pete struggles to control his anger as, one by one, the survivors sicken and die. Although the Earth appears to be slowly healing, the Shell’s inhabitants may not live long enough to see it. The only chance for humanity lies within brief time portals. Peter and the survivors hatch a desperate plan: to increase their numbers by abducting children from the past.
“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. Simultaneously disheartening and inspiring, this novel’s ultimate power is very much like the mega-tsunami referenced within its pages—you won’t see it coming, but when it hits you, you will be swept away.”
—Paul Goat Allen, Barnes & Noble.com
In the year 2013, a brilliant CIA consultant sees a pattern in seemingly unrelated kidnappings. As Julie Kahn’s predictive algorithms reveal that the world is in imminent danger, she discovers that she may also play a role in its possible rebirth.
“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
Julie and Pete are rapidly converging in time—a chance encounter between them may be the Earth’s only hope.
For more info about AFTER THE FALL, BEFORE THE FALL, DURING THE FALL, visit the Tachyon page.
Cover by Elizabeth Story
Many Tachyon authors and editors will join Tachyon head honcho Jacob Weisman in Dublin, Ireland for WorldCon 77 (August 15-19).
The legendary event, held annually since since 1939 (except for the years 1942 to 1945, during World War II), celebrates science fiction. This years convention features Guests of Honor Bill and Mary Burns, Diane Duane, Ginjer Buchanan, Ian McDonald, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and Steve Jackson.
WorldCon 77 offers a massive selection of readings, signings, and panels. And be sure to visit the Tachyon table in the dealer’s room, where we’ll be hosting several signings.
Ellen Klages and Peter Wilber at Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA
Nancy Kress, Daryl Gregory, and Sheila Finch at Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA
Stop by the table for an updated scheduled as more signings may be added.