The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds


By (author) Karen Lord

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  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 153mm x 234mm x 30mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 178087166X
  • ISBN 13: 9781780871660
  • Sales rank: 574,331

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This is a story of hope. Grace Delarua, a civil servant with the government of Cygnus Beta, remembers when the Sadiri arrived on their planet, a galactic hinterland for pioneers and refugees. This is a story of survival. Dllenahkh, leader of the small group of Sadiri settlers on Cygnus Beta, remembers the cool strong blues and gentle sunlight of his home world. He also remembers the moment he was told his planet was destroyed. This is a story of love. Now they must work together to rebuild his decimated population by searching for the last surviving members of his race. This is a story about finding the best of all possible worlds.

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Author information

Karen Lord has been a physics teacher, a diplomat, a part-time soldier and an academic at various times and in various countries. She is now a writer and research consultant in Barbados.

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'Refined, meditative and life-affirming ... its exploration of gender politics and ethnology confirms Lord as the natural heiress to Octavia Butler and Ursula Le Guin' Financial Times. 'The imagination behind her galaxy and its variation of the human race cannot be faulted' Sci-Fi Now magazine. 'A real delight to read' Fantasy Book Critic. 'A rewarding, touching and often funny exploration of the forms and functions of human culture' SFX magazine. 'A sweet and gentle and sorrowful novel, written with warmth and wit and wonder ... sumptuous' Speculative Scotsman. 'An episodic quest with a Caribbean-flavoured mix of societies' Sunday Telegraph. 'An engrossing picaresque quest, a love story, and a moving character study of two very different people coming to understand themselves ... Lord is on a par with Ursula K Le Guin' Guardian. 'An intelligent, slow-burning, love story with rewards along the way' Starburst magazine. 'The kind of novel that truly illustrates what science fiction is capable of doing. Lush and yet not overwhelming, it is a love story firmly rooted in a story of humanity told with alien cultures' Best Fantasy Stories.