Anders’s stunning debut, All the Birds in the Sky, won the Nebula Award for Best Novel and was a Hugo Award finalist. Her eagerly awaited follow-up takes us to the dying planet January, where humans live in a thin temperate zone between blazing heat and frozen darkness. The narrative follows Sophie, a student and sometime revolutionary, who’s exiled to the darkness. Presumed dead, she survives with the help of Mouth, one of the last of the ancient nomadic creatures. As the two set forth on a mission to restore order and reason, Anders builds an extraordinary world and also questions the meaning of culture, technology, politics, climate, time—and everything else that makes us human.
Newman follows her acclaimed The Country of Ice Cream Star with a kaleidoscopic novel that’s at once a love story, a tale of time travel, and an investigation of how to change the world. Charting the relationship of Ben and Kate, it opens in New York City in the year 2000. Kate has a recurring dream in which she’s Emilia, the black mistress of a nobleman living in Elizabethan England. Each time Kate wakes, she comes to in a world slightly different from the one she fell asleep in, and she gradually realizes that her dream activities change the present reality. Ben, however, sees the dreams as evidence of mental illness. As the stakes get higher in both worlds, Kate struggles to discover the best path forward and Ben must decide how—or if—he can save her.