Radiance is a decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood-and solar system-very different from our own, from Catherynne M. Valente, the phenomenal talent behind theNew York Times bestsellingThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.
Severin Unck's father is a famous director of Gothic romances in an alternate 1986 in which talking movies are still a daring innovation due to the patent-hoarding Edison family. Rebelling against her father's films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which allthe planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe.
But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a diving colony on a watery Venus populated by island-sized alien creatures, will be her last. Though her crew limps home to earth and her story is preserved by the colony's last survivor, Severin will never return.
Told using techniques from reality TV, classic film, gossip magazines, and meta-fictional narrative,Radiance is a solar system-spanning story of love, exploration, family, loss, quantum physics, and silent film.
CATHERYNNE M. VALENTE's first major novel,The Orphan's Tales, won the James Tiptree Jr. Award and was nominated for the World Fantasy Award. Her next,Palimpsest, was nominated for the Hugo Award, and her recent YA phenomenonThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Makingis aNew York Timesbestseller that earned starred reviews from all three major review outlets. Valente lives on a small island off the coast of Maine with her partner, two dogs, and a cat.
"A sleek rocket ship of a novel, swaddled in Art Deco decadence and glossy with an unsettling alt-history patina." - The New York Times "An intriguing examination of how we piece together our personal narratives." - The Washington Post "A gleaming, screaming love letter to an imaginary age of interplanetary cinema, and its premiere female auteur, Radiance is an elegiac murder mystery set in a Mélièsian universe of wonders." -Maria Dahvana Headley, New York Times bestselling author of Magonia
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