Author(s): Ada Palmer
THE YEAR IS 2454, Humanity has engineered a hard-won golden age, forged in the aftermath of a bitter conflict that wiped both religion and nation state from the planet. Now seven factions or 'hives' co-govern the world, their rule fuelled by benign censorship, oracular statistical analytics and technological abundance. But this is a fragile Utopia - and someone is intent on pushing it to breaking point. Convicted for his crimes, celebrated for his talents, Mycroft Canner is the indentured instrument - and confidant - of some of the world's most powerful figures. When he is asked to investigate a simple theft, he finds himself on the trail of a conspiracy that could trigger the apocalyptic war the hives have striven, for three centuries, to deny. But Mycroft has his own secrets. He knows the seven hives face a much greater threat to their existence, a wild card no degree of statistical analysis could have prophesied. This threat takes the unlikely form of a thirteen-year-old called Bridger. For how will a world that has banished God deal with a child who can perform miracles?
Short-listed for Hugo Awards Best Novel 2017.
'More intricate, more plausible, more significant than any debut I can recall' Cory Doctorow. 'The kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do' Jo Walton. 'Thought-provoking, disturbing, occasionally perverted, and always entertaining. Worldbuilding at its richest' Kirkus.
Ada Palmer is an author, historian and composer. She did her Ph.D. at Harvard, teaches History at the University of Chicago, blogs at ExUrbe.com, composes close harmony folk music and performs with the a cappella group Sassafrass.