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    Series: Murderbot Diaries
    Exit Strategy The Murderbot Diaries Martha Wells
    9781250191854 Hardcover FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: October 02, 2018 Print Run: 40000
    $23.50 CAD 5.45 x 8.22 x 0.77 in | 240 gr | 176 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Tor.com
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      Martha Wells's Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning,New York Times andUSA Todaybestselling series, The Murderbot Diaries, comes to a thrilling conclusion inExit Strategy.

      Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?

      Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.

      But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?

      And what will become of it when it’s caught?

      "I love Murderbot!" —Ann Leckie

      The Murderbot Diaries
      #1All Systems Red
      #2Artificial Condition
      #3Rogue Protocol
      #4Exit Strategy

      Bio
      MARTHA WELLS has written many fantasy novels, includingThe Wizard Hunters,Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning withThe Cloud Roads and ending withThe Harbors of the Sun),and the Nebula-nominatedThe Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels,short stories, and nonfiction.
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      Awards
      Amazon.com Best Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      Hudson Booksellers Best of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      Reviews

      "Emphatically fulfils expectations.This is space opera with wit and intelligence, and it’s thoroughly enjoyable." —Aurealis


      Praise for The Murderbot Diaries series

      “I love Murderbot!” —Ann Leckie

      "The Murderbot series is a heart-pounding thriller that never lets up, but it's also one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read. Come for the gunfights on other planets, but stay for the finely drawn portrait of a deadly robot whose smartass goodness will give you hope for the future of humanity." —Annalee Newitz, author ofAutonomous

      "Clever, inventive, brutal when it needs to be, and compassionate without ever being sentimental." —Kate Elliott, author of the Spirit Walker trilogy

      "Endearing, funny, action-packed, and murderous." —Kameron Hurley, author ofThe Stars are Legion

      “Not only a fun, fast-paced space-thriller, but also a sharp, sometimes moving character study that will resonate with introverts even if they're not lethal AI machines.” —Malka Older, author ofInfomocracy

      "We are all a little bit Murderbot... we see ourselves in its skin. And that reading about this sulky, soap-opera-loving cyborg killing machine might be one of the most human experiences you can have in sci-fi right now.."—NPR

      “Wells gives depth to a rousing but basically familiar action plot by turning it into the vehicle by which SecUnit engages with its own rigorously denied humanity.” —Publishers Weekly starred review

      “I already can’t wait for the next one.” —The Verge

      “A great kick-off for a continuing series.” —Locus

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    Series: Sacred Throne
    The Armored Saint Myke Cole
    9781250199676 Paperback FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date: September 18, 2018 Print Run: 30000
    $19.50 CAD 5.6 x 8.26 x 0.65 in | 190 gr | 224 pages Carton Quantity: 36 Canadian Rights: Y Tor.com
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      Myke Cole, star of CBS'sHuntedand author of the Shadow Ops series, debuts the Sacred Throne epic fantasy trilogy withThe Armored Saint, a story of religious tyrants, arcane war-machines, and underground resistance that will enthrall epic fantasy readers of all ages.

      In a world where any act of magic could open a portal to hell, the Order insures that no wizard will live to summon devils, and will kill as many innocent people as they must to prevent that greater horror. After witnessing a horrendous slaughter, the village girl Heloise opposes the Order, and risks bringing their wrath down on herself, her family, and her village.

      "Cole weaves a fantasy world that feels comfortably familiar, then goes to places you’d never expect. You won’t stop turning pages until the stunning finish."—Peter V. Brett

      The Sacred Throne Trilogy
      #1The Armored Saint
      #2The Queen of Crows

      Bio
      After a career in the military, police and intelligence services, MYKE COLE tracks fugitives as part of the investigative team on CBS' new hit show "Hunted." Myke's three tours in Iraq inspired his military fantasy Shadow Ops series. But the work hasn't separated Myke from his nerd roots. He's still a voracious fantasy reader who never misses his weekly game night. Myke's fandoms range from Star Wars to military history. He's a former Kendo champion and heavy weapons fighter in the Society for Creative Anachronism. At the D&D table, healways plays Paladins. Myke lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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      "Ruthless and heartwrenching." —Robin Hobb

      "Cole weaves... a fantasy world that feels comfortably familiar, then goes to places you’d never expect. You won’t stop turning pages until the stunning finish." —Peter V. Brett

      "Brutal and lovely — an inventive and poignant fantasy that's rich with keen characters, set in a vivid, fascinating world." —Cherie Priest

      “A dark fantasy tale with sharp teeth and a hard punch. Heloise is the hero we need, and Myke Cole is the writer to bring her transformation to light.” — Chuck Wendig

      "Intelligently written, fun, and brutal in equal measures." —Mark Lawrence

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    Series: Sacred Throne
    The Queen of Crows Myke Cole
    9780765395979 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date: September 18, 2018 Print Run: 30000
    $25.99 CAD 5.69 x 8.39 x 0.96 in | 330 gr | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 24 Canadian Rights: Y Tor.com
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      Myke Cole, star of CBS'sHuntedand author of the Shadow Ops series returns with book two of the Sacred Throne Trilogy:The Queen of Crows.

      In this epic fantasy sequel, Heloise stands tall against overwhelming odds—crippling injuries, religious tyrants—and continues her journey from obscurity to greatness with the help of alchemically-empowered armor and an unbreakable spirit.

      No longer just a shell-shocked girl, she is now a figure of revolution whose cause grows ever stronger. But the time for hiding underground is over. Heloise must face the tyrannical Order and win freedom for her people.

      "A heart-wrenching, blood-racing, all-around page-turner. Spare, vivid and surprisingly sensual, with a small, fierce heroine who will stick in your mind and live in your soul."—Diana Gabaldon onThe Armored Saint

      The Sacred Throne Trilogy
      #1The Armored Saint
      #2The Queen of Crows

      Bio
      MYKE COLE is a devoted comic fan and voracious fantasy reader who never misses his weekly game night. His fandoms range fromStar Wars to military history. He’s a former kendo champion and heavy weapons fighter in the Society for Creative Anachronism. At the D&D table, healways plays paladins. After a career hunting people in the military, police, and intelligence services, Myke put these skills to good use on CBS’s hit showHunted. Author of the Shadow Ops series and the Sacred Throne Trilogy, which began withThe Armored Saint, Myke lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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      "A heart-wrenching, blood-racing, all-around page-turner. Spare, vivid and surprisingly sensual, with a small, fierce heroine who will stick in your mind and live in your soul."—Diana Gabaldon onThe Armored Saint

      "Ruthless and heartwrenching." —Robin Hobb

      "Cole weaves... a fantasy world that feels comfortably familiar, then goes to places you’d never expect. You won’t stop turning pages until the stunning finish." —Peter V. Brett

      "Brutal and lovely—an inventive and poignant fantasy that's rich with keen characters, set in a vivid, fascinating world." —Cherie Priest

      “A dark fantasy tale with sharp teeth and a hard punch. Heloise is the hero we need, and Myke Cole is the writer to bring her transformation to light.” —Chuck Wendig

      "Intelligently written, fun, and brutal in equal measures." —Mark Lawrence

      "Heloise is a wonderfully complicated character, and her unique dilemma will endear her to readers. The society that Cole creates in the book is unlike any other." —Booklist, starred review

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    Worlds Seen in Passing Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction Irene Gallo
    9781250171238 Hardcover FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: September 04, 2018 Print Run: 40000
    $36.50 CAD 6.48 x 9.38 x 1.75 in | 780 gr | 576 pages Carton Quantity: 12 Canadian Rights: Y Tor.com
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      Winner of the World Fantasy Award

      Worlds Seen in Passing is an anthology of award-winning, eye-opening, genre-defining science fiction, fantasy, and horror from Tor.com's first ten years, edited by Irene Gallo.

      "A fresh new story going up at Tor.com is always an Event."—Charlie Jane Anders

      Since it began in 2008, Tor.com has explored countless new worlds of fiction, delving into possible and impossible futures, alternate and intriguing pasts, and realms of fantasy previously unexplored. Its hundreds of remarkable stories span from science fiction to fantasy to horror, and everything in between. Now Tor.com is making some of those worlds available for the first time in print.

      This volume collects some of the best short stories Tor.com has to offer, with Hugo and Nebula Award-winning short stories and novelettes chosen from all ten years of the program.

      TABLE OF CONTENTS:

      “Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders

      “Damage” by David D. Levine

      “The Best We Can” by Carrie Vaughn

      “The City Born Great” by N. K. Jemisin

      “A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel” by Yoon Ha Lee

      “Waiting on a Bright Moon” by JY Yang

      “Elephants and Corpses” by Kameron Hurley

      “About Fairies” by Pat Murphy

      “The Hanging Game” by Helen Marshall

      “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu

      “A Cup of Salt Tears” by Isabel Yap

      “The Litany of Earth” by Ruthanna Emrys

      “Brimstone and Marmalade” by Aaron Corwin

      “Reborn” by Ken Liu

      “Please Undo This Hurt” by Seth Dickinson

      “The Language of Knives” by Haralambi Markov

      “The Shape of My Name” by Nino Cipri

      “Eros, Philia, Agape” by Rachel Swirsky

      “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal

      “Last Son of Tomorrow” by Greg van Eekhout

      “Ponies” by Kij Johnson

      “La beauté sans vertu” by Genevieve Valentine

      “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers” by Alyssa Wong

      “A Kiss With Teeth” by Max Gladstone

      “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections” by Tina Connolly

      “The End of the End of Everything” by Dale Bailey

      “Breaking Water” by Indrapramit Das

      “Your Orisons May Be Recorded” by Laurie Penny

      “The Tallest Doll in New York City” by Maria Dahvana Headley

      “The Cage” by A.M. Dellamonica

      “In the Sight of Akresa” by Ray Wood

      “Terminal” by Lavie Tidhar

      “The Witch of Duva” by Leigh Bardugo

      “Daughter of Necessity” by Marie Brennan

      “Among the Thorns” by Veronica Schanoes

      “These Deathless Bones” by Cassandra Khaw

      “Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch” by Kelly Barnhill

      “This World Is Full of Monsters” by Jeff VanderMeer

      “The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson

      “A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon A Star” by Kathleen Ann Goonan

      Bio

      IRENE GALLO is the publisher and creative director of Tor.com and Tor.com Publishing. As Tor Books’ creative director, Irene has established the look and design of an incalculable number of books since 1993. She has won the World Fantasy Award, the Richard Gangel Award for Art Direction from the Society of Illustrators, thirteen Chesley Awards, and numerous gold and silver medals from Spectrum and the Society of Illustrators.

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      Awards
      World Fantasy Award - Winner 2019, Winner
      World Fantasy Award - Finalist 2019, Short-listed
      Locus Awards - Nominee 2019, Short-listed
      Nebula Awards - Winner 2019, Winner
      Reviews

      "Tor.com hasn't just become one of the most essential places to read short stories online, it's also helped rekindle my excitement about short fiction. A fresh new story going up at Tor.com is always an Event." —Charlie Jane Anders

      “VanderMeer both defies and challenges genre boundaries, forcing readers to forget about traditional tropes and clichés and simply enjoy the storytelling.” —John DeNardo, Kirkuson Jeff VanderMeer

      "Intricate and extraordinary world-­building."—Naomi Novik,The New York Times on N. K. Jemisin

      "Shiver-inducing, of the delicious variety."—Laini Taylor,The New York Times on Leigh Bardugo

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    Series: Centenal Cycle
    State Tectonics Malka Older
    9780765399472 Hardcover FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: September 11, 2018 Print Run: 20000
    $36.50 CAD 5.79 x 8.63 x 1.38 in | 490 gr | 432 pages Carton Quantity: 16 Canadian Rights: Y Tor.com
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      One of the best books of 2018, according to Kirkus Reviews, theChicago Review of Books, and BookRiot.

      Campbell Award finalist Malka Older'sState Tectonics concludes The Centenal Cycle, the cyberpunk poltical thriller series that began withInfomocracyand is a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Series.

      The future of democracy must evolve or die.

      The last time Information held an election, a global network outage, two counts of sabotage by major world governments, and a devastating earthquake almost shook micro-democracy apart. Five years later, it's time to vote again, and the system that has ensured global peace for 25 years is more vulnerable than ever.

      Unknown enemies are attacking Information's network infrastructure. Spies, former superpowers, and revolutionaries sharpen their knives in the shadows. And Information's best agents question whether the data monopoly they've served all their lives is worth saving, or whether it's time to burn the world down and start anew.

      The Centenal Cycle
      #1Infomocracy
      #2Null States
      #3State Tectonics

      Bio
      MALKA OLDER is a writer, aid worker, and sociologist. Her science-fiction political thrillerInfomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus, Book Riot, and the Washington Post. The Centenal Cycle trilogy, which also includesNull States (2017) andState Tectonics (2018), is a finalist for the Hugo Best Series Award of 2018. She is also the creator of the serialNinth Step Station, currently running on Serial Box, and her short story collectionAnd Other Disasters will come out in December 2019. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than a decade of field experience in humanitarian aid and development. Her doctoral work on the sociology of organizations at Sciences Po Paris explores the dynamics of post-disaster improvisation in governments.
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      Awards
      Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year 2018, Long-listed
      Reviews

      State Tectonics is a really good story about our near future and how social and news media are increasingly shaping the perceived realities of people and countries. It shows how people of good will can invent the future of democracy, and how that future might further evolve. The entire Centenal Cycle offers a vision which already influences the path of democracy and commerce in the here and now.” —Craig Newmark, founder of CraigsList

      “As a work of speculative fiction — particularly about a subject as complex as the future of democracy —State Tectonics is superlative.” —TechCrunch

      “Satisfying as a novel, anxiety-inducing as a comment on our society.” —Kirkus Starred Review onState Tectonics

      PRAISE FORNULL STATES

      “Subtly radical (except where it’s openly radical), this book and series continues to offer a kinetically involving narrative that can also make you think about our actual world today.” —RTBook Reviews onNull States, Top Pick (4.5 Stars)

      “Carefully researched, prescient, thoughtful, and disturbing.” —Kirkus ReviewsonNull States

      “Seriously inspirational for people who are genuinely involved in inventing the future.” — Craig Newmark, founder of CraigsList

      “A riveting science fiction thriller that brings the future of democracy to vivid, divisive life... a hell of a good story.” —The Chicago Review of Books

      “Subtly radical (except where it’s openly radical), this book and series continues to offer a kinetically involving narrative that can also make you think about our actual world today." —RTBook Reviews, Top Pick (4.5 Stars)

      PRAISE FORINFOMOCRACY

      “Kinetic and gripping, the plot hurtles toward an electoral climax that leaps off the page.” —NPR

      “Futurists and politics geeks will love this unreservedly.” —TheNew York Times Book Review

      “This brilliant book is unquestionably one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history.” —The Huffington Post

      “A futuristic world with eerie parallels to current events... [an] uncanny political thriller.” —The Washington Post

      “Far too messy to be utopian or dystopian, Older here raises all sorts of critical questions. I love this book; can’t wait to see what else she writes.” —Ian Bremmer, author ofThe End of the Free Market andSuperpower

      “Smart, ambitious, bursting with provocative extrapolations,Infomocracy is the big-data-big-ideas-techno-analytical-microdemoglobal-post-everything political thriller we've been waiting for.” —Ken Liu, author ofThe Grace of Kings

      “A fast-paced, post-cyberpunk political thriller... If you always wanted to putThe West Wing in a particle accelerator withSnow Crash to see what would happen, read this book.” —Max Gladstone, author of the Craft Sequence

      “A frighteningly relevant exploration of how the flow of information can manipulate public opinion...timely and perhaps timeless.” —Kirkus Reviews starred review

      “Older’s sparkling debut, the first full-length novel from the novella-focused Tor.com imprint, serves as both a callback to classic futurist adventure tales by the likes of Brunner and Bester and a current examination of the power of information.” —Publishers Weekly

      “In the mid-21st century, your biggest threat isn’t Artificial Intelligence—it’s other people. Yet the passionate, partisan, political and ultimately fallible men and women fighting for their beliefs are alsoInfomocracy’s greatest hope. An inspiring book about what we frail humans could still achieve, if we learn to work together.” —Karl Schroeder, author ofLockstep and the Virga saga

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    Series: Laundry Files
    The Labyrinth Index Charles Stross
    9781250196088 Hardcover FICTION / Fantasy On Sale Date: October 30, 2018 Print Run: 25000
    $36.50 CAD 5.52 x 8.59 x 1.19 in | 420 gr | 368 pages Carton Quantity: 20 Canadian Rights: Y Tor.com
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      “A bizarre yet effective yoking of the spy and horror genres.” —The Washington Post Book World

      The Lovecraftian Singularity has descended upon the world inThe Labyrinth Index, beginning an exciting new story arc in Charles Stross' Hugo Award-winning Laundry Files series!

      Since she was promoted to the head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs, every workday for Mhari Murphy has been a nightmare. It doesn’t help that her boss, the new Prime Minister of Britain, is a manipulative and deceptive pain in the butt. But what else can she expect when working under the thumb of none other than the elder god N’yar Lat-Hotep a.k.a the Creeping Chaos?

      Mhari's most recent assignment takes her and a ragtag team of former Laundry agents across the pond into the depths of North America. The United States president has gone missing. Not that Americans are alarmed. For some mysterious reason, most of the country has forgotten the executive branch even exists. Perhaps it has to do with the Nazgûl currently occupying the government and attempting to summon Cthulhu.

      It's now up to Mhari and her team to race against the Nazgûl's vampire-manned dragnet to find and, for his own protection, kidnap the president.

      Who knew an egomaniacal, malevolent deity would have a soft spot for international relations?

      Bio
      CHARLES STROSS is a British SF writer, born in Leeds, England, and living in Edinburgh, Scotland. He has worked as a tech writer, a programmer, a journalist, and a pharmacist; he holds degrees in pharmacy and in computer science. He has won three Hugo Awards for his short fiction, including in 2014 forEquoid, a Laundry Files novella originally published onTor.com.
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      Awards
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      “Stross still spins a heck of a yarn.” —Kirkus Reviews onThe Delirium Brief

      "Gaudy and gory....This is Stross in one of his darker moods....The political side of the book...signals some of the real-world anxieties that stand behind the entire series." —LocusonThe Delirium Brief

      “A fast-paced blend of espionage thrills, mundane office comedy and Lovecraftian horror.” —SFX onThe Rhesus Chart

      “Alternately chilling and hilarious.” —Publishers Weekly onThe Jennifer Morgue

      “Combines a le Carré-style espionage thriller with Lovecraftian horror to great effect.” —The Guardian on The Fuller Memorandum

      “Smart, literate, funny.”—Lev Grossman, author of The Magicians

      “A bizarre yet effective yoking of the spy and horror genres.”—The Washington Post Book World

      “Imagine a world where gnarly Lovecraftian demons are all too real yet are routinely neutralized with high-tech wizardry by a supersecret British spy agency, and you'll get an inkling of the genre-bending territory Stross explores in his Laundry Files novels.” —Booklist onThe Fuller Memorandum

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    Series: Lock In
    Unlocked An Oral History of Haden's Syndrome John Scalzi
    9781250307996 Paperback FICTION / Science Fiction On Sale Date: July 24, 2018
    $15.99 CAD 5.16 x 8.02 x 0.42 in | 120 gr | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Tor.com
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      Discover the history of Haden's Syndrome, the virus that created the world of John Scalzi's inventive near-future thrillersLock InandHead On, in the prequel novellaUnlocked.

      Not long from now, a virus will sweep the globe. Most will suffer no worse than flu-like symptoms, but an unlucky one percent will be changed forever. Hundreds of millions become "locked in", awake, aware, but completely unable to control their bodies.

      This is the story of the doctors, scientists, engineers, politicians, and heroes who remade the world. It is the story of the chaotic outbreak, the fight for a cure, the changes that followed. It is an oral history, straight from the mouths of those who survived the most dynamic period in human history.

      Bio
      JOHN SCALZI is one of the most popular and acclaimed SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His massively successful debutOld Man's War won him science fiction's John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. His New York Times bestsellers includeThe Last Colony,Fuzzy Nation, andRedshirts, which won 2013's Hugo Award for Best Novel. Material from his widely read blog The Whatever has also earned him two other Hugo Awards. He lives in Ohio with his wife and daughter.
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      Awards
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      Praise forLock In

      "This is the kind of thriller that Michael Crichton, Lincoln Child, and James Rollins do so well. Add John Scalzi to that list." —Douglas Preston, #1NYTbestselling author ofThe Kraken ProjectandImpact

      "As much as Scalzi has the scientific creativity of a Michael Crichton, he also has the procedural chops of a Stephen J. Canell to craft a whodunit with buddy-cop charm and suspects aplenty—most of them in someone else's body." —USA Today

      “Satisfying.” —NPR

      “Scalzi takes his work to an entirely new level.” —Cory Doctorow

      “A smart, thoughtful near-future thriller…. This powerful novel will intrigue and entertain both fans and newcomers.” —Publishers Weekly,starred review

      “John Scalzi may be the most entertaining writer in SF today.” —Toronto Star

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