Shifting Worlds: An evening with Arkady Martine and PJ Manney

Hosted by The Detroit Jewish Book Fair

Science Fiction
Arts & Culture
All Ages

  • Thu, Jan 20, 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST
  • Online event


Science Fiction

Arkady Martine, author of A Desolation Called Peace, and PJ Manney, author of (CON)SCIENCE discuss their most recent books, the state of speculative fiction, and how being Jewish has informed their work.

About A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine (Click here to purchase)

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options. In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass—still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire—face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity. Whether they succeed or fail could change the fate of Teixcalaan forever.

About (CON)SCIENCE by PJ Manney (Click here to purchase)

PJ Manney concludes her visionary Philip K. Dick Award–nominated series of a world at war, a virtual search for identity, and the future of humanity.

Five years ago, bioengineer Peter Bernhardt spearheaded an innovation in nanotechnology that changed the course of evolution. Until everything was taken from him—his research, the people he loved, and finally his life. Uploaded as an artificial intelligence, Peter is alive again. But, another sentient computer program, Major Tom, is tearing the United States apart, destroying its leaders and its cities. Major Tom’s mission: rebuild a new America from the ruins and reign as uncontested monarch.

Caught in a virtual world between an alleged ally and an enemy, pieces of Peter’s former self remain: the need for vengeance, empathy for the subjugated people of a derelict world, and doubt in everything he’s been led to believe. To rescue what’s left, he’ll need to once again expand the meaning of being human—by saving humanity.

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