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Blackfish City

Sam J. Miller

2 Reviews

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Science fiction

A visceral, fearlessly imagined future, rich with alarmingly real detail; 'Blackfish City is a place you might never want to live in - but as a reader, you won't want to leave' Adam Sternbergh, author of THE BLINDS

'Incisive and beautifully written . . . Blackfish City simmers with menace and heartache, suspense and wonder' - Ann Leckie, Hugo, Nebula and Clarke Award-winning author

'Sam Miller is a fiercely strong writer, and this book is a blast' - Daryl Gregory, World Fantasy Award-winning author

'This is the kind of swirling, original sci-fi we live for' - B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

After the climate wars, a floating city was constructed in the Arctic Circle. Once a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering it is now rife with corruption and the population simmers with unrest.

Into this turmoil comes a strange new visitor - a woman accompanied by an orca and a chained polar bear. She disappears into the crowds looking for someone she lost thirty years ago, followed by whispers of a vanished people who could bond with animals. Her arrival draws together four people and sparks a chain of events that will change Blackfish City forever.

DISTURBING, POWERFUL AND FEARLESSLY IMAGINED, BLACKFISH CITY IS A MESMERISING NOVEL FROM A REMARKABLE NEW VOICE IN SCIENCE FICTION
'A compelling dystopian thriller' Guardian

'I haven't been this swept away by imagination and worldbuilding since Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials' - Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award-nominated author of Her Body and other Parties

'An urgent tale . . . wrapped in an action-packed science fiction thriller'
- Washington Post

'An ambitious, imaginative and big-hearted dystopian ensemble story that's by turns elegiac and angry'
- Publisher's Weekly

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Praise for Blackfish City

  • Miller gives us an incisive and beautifully written story of love, revenge and the power (and failure) of family in a scarily plausible future. Blackfish City simmers with menace and heartache, suspense and wonder. Plus, it has lots of action and a great cast of characters. Not to mention an orca and a polar bear!

  • Blackfish City is an exhilarating tour of a post-catastrophe future that's both fantastical and eerily convincing. Imagine The Yiddish Policeman's Union cross-bred with Snowcrash and you'll get an inkling of the imaginative horsepower on display here. A saltwater-splashed refuge for misfits and cutthroats, teeming with mystery and intrigue, Blackfish City is a place you might never want to live in - but as a reader, you won't want to leave

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Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organiser. His stories have been nominated for the Nebula, World Fantasy and Theodore Sturgeon Awards and have appeared in over a dozen 'year's best' anthologies. He's a graduate of the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop, and a winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. He lives in New York City and at www.samjmiller.com