The Outside

The Outside

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Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive on board The Pride of Jai that could change the future of humanity. But when she activates it, reality warps, destroying the space station and everyone left inside.

The Gods declare her work heretical, and Yasira is abducted by their agents. Instead of simply executing her, they offer mercy if she'll help them hunt down a bigger target: her mysterious, vanished mentor.

With her homeworld's fate in the balance, Yasira must choose who to trust: the Gods and their ruthless post-human angels, or the rebel scientist whose unorthodox mathematics could turn her world, literally, inside out.

File Under: Science Fiction [ False Gods | Angel Inside | Autistic in Space | Here
be Monsters ]
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 30.48mm | 362.87g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0857668137
  • 9780857668134
  • 52,467

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"The Outside is spooky, high-stakes, mind-bending Science Fiction." "The Outside is a fresh and mind-bending mix of cosmic horror and space opera, a compelling story that spans from the deeply personal to the vast mysteries of time and space. Unsettling and gorgeous, this is like nothing I have read before and the book I have been longing for without knowing it." "The Outside is a beautiful, stark reclamation of unknowable horror. Hoffman layers thoughtful worldbuilding and rich prose to build a stunning story of power, ambition and personal agency. I couldn't put The Outside down for fear of what might happen while I was looking away." "The Outside is a powerful, striking debut, and Ada Hoffmann is an author to watch." "Hoffmann has created a beautifully immersive world, an intoxicating blend of science and divinity that held me captive from page one." "A stunningly imagined novel!" "The Outside starts with a bang and ratchets everything up from there," "Hoffmann confidently layers morality and disability rights into a breezily told adventure that bursts with sheer fun." "Ada Hoffmann's The Outside feels like it was made to order for us" "Truly operatic stuff." "The Outside is a gripping examination of the battle between good and evil on a grand scale" "The Outside is a science-fiction suspense novel like no other." "The Outside is a definite mind-bender, serving up shock and awe from the start." "Deeply embedded in sci-fi history, The Outside reimagines old stories in new, exciting, #ownvoices ways." "The Outside is a fantastic debut. I can't wait to see what Hoffman does next." "exciting and gripping space opera" "Readers who like an unlikable narrator will enjoy spending time in the other characters' points of view."
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About Ada Hoffmann

Ada Hoffmann is the author of the space opera novel THE OUTSIDE, as well as dozens of speculative short stories and poems. She is an autistic self-advocate, an adjunct professor of computer science, a former semi-professional soprano, tabletop gaming enthusiast, and LARPer. She lives in eastern Ontario.
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Rating details

1,951 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
5 26% (515)
4 40% (782)
3 25% (485)
2 7% (128)
1 2% (41)
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