The award-winning first novel in Gwyneth Jones' critically-acclaimed Aleutian Trilogy.
In the year 2038, the earth has been ravaged by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Retroviruses run rampant through humanity. Economic disaster has destabilised the world, the US has undergone a socialist revolution, and the balance of power has changed.
Then the aliens arrive.
With no clear understanding of the visitors' intent, factions form, including the anti-alien group White Queen, working to turn humans against these extra-terrestrial tourists. Caught in the middle is Johnny Guglio, an American exile whose only fault was living near the landing site, and Braemar Wilson, a cutthroat reporter who will do whatever she needs to get ahead of the story. And for better or for worse, it seems being caught in the middle is the best place for them to uncover the truth.
Winner of the 1991 James Tiptree Jr. Award, WHITE QUEEN is the first in Gwyneth Jones' critically acclaimed Aleutian Trilogy.
This mind-bending look at meeting the alien is one readers will not soon forget. - Publishers Weekly
. . . Deep and dense, rich and rewarding, frequently demanding and difficult. - Kirkus Reviews
Over the wide compass of her work, the rewards for understanding her are so considerable that the task of learning how to do so seems light enough. - The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
Gwyneth Jones has been writing fiercely intelligent SF for decades. - Locus Magazine
Gwyneth Jones lives in Brighton with her husband and son. She won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for BOLD AS LOVE; CASTLES MADE OF SAND was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award. She is the previous winner of the James Tiptree Memorial Award and two World Fantasy Awards; four of her previous books have been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award