Friday, August 26, 2022

Five top SFF books about the multiverse

Tim Pratt is a Hugo Award-winning SF and fantasy author, and has been a finalist for World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Stoker, Mythopoeic, and Nebula Awards, among others. He is the author of over twenty novels, including The Deep Woods and Heirs of Grace, and scores of short stories. His work has been reprinted in The Best American Short Stories, The Year's Best Fantasy, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and other nice places. Since 2001 he has worked for Locus, the magazine of the science fiction and fantasy field, where he currently serves as senior editor. He lives in Berkeley, CA with his wife and son.

Pratt's latest novel is Prison of Sleep: Book II of the Journals of Zaxony Delatree.

[Writers Read: Tim Pratt (October 2019); Writers Read: Tim Pratt (April 2022)]

At the author tagged five "books and stories that got me hooked on the concept of the multiverse in the first place, and the ones that expanded my idea of what multiverse stories could accomplish," including:
The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

I’ve enjoyed Harrow’s writing since her Hugo Award-winning story “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies” (which, as the title suggests, is also about other worlds), and snapped up her debut novel The Ten Thousand Doors of January as soon as it came out. Imagine my delight when I discovered it’s about the exploration of alternate realities, and my even greater delight over the fact that it’s about actual magical doorways to other worlds: I unabashedly love the magic door trope, from Stephen King’s The Drawing of the Three to the weird SyFy Channel mini-series The Lost Room. This is the tale of January Scaller, a young woman who discovers a book (The Ten Thousand Doors) about travel to other worlds—and soon learns it’s not fiction, but a true account. January goes searching for those doors, looking for adventure, but she also learns about her own surprising origins, and the truth about her mysterious family. It’s a beautiful novel, moving and breathtaking.
Read about another entry on the list.

The Ten Thousand Doors of January is among Mike Chen's five recent books featuring superpowered characters and A.K. Larkwood's five favorite fantasy multiverses.

The Page 69 Test: The Ten Thousand Doors of January.

--Marshal Zeringue