Sunday, July 22, 2018

Five novels to inspire you to imagine a better future

Kameron Hurley is the author of The Stars Are Legion, the award-winning essay collection The Geek Feminist Revolution, the God’s War trilogy, and the Worldbreaker Saga. Her newest book is Apocalypse Nyx.

At Hurley tagged five works "of uplifting speculative fiction that emphasize our collaborative greatness over our despair. Our passion for creation over destruction. Our struggle to become better together than we are individually." One title on the list:
The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

Wells has been consistently writing exceptional novels for decades (I started reading her when I was a teen! Egads). Yet, it’s only in the last few years that her work finally seems to be getting the greater recognition that it deserves. Her novella All Systems Red hit the New York Times bestseller list, won a Nebula Award, and has been shortlisted for a Hugo (if I was going to list six books here, I’d list All Systems Red, even though the protagonist is a robot. It is a delightful robot). The Cloud Roads is the first in Wells’s Raksura series about an outcast shapeshifter who can transform into a winged creature. Like many of Wells’s protagonists, he’s an immediately likable loner searching for his place in the world. His journey leads him deep into the unknown of a shapeshifter colony, where his presence upsets the balance of power for the entire community.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue