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Catherynne M. Valente - Author

About the Author

Catherynne M. Valente is the New York Times bestselling author of over two dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan's Tales series, Deathless and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making. She is the winner of the Andre Norton, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Rhysling, Lambda, Locus and Hugo awards. She has been a finalist for the Nebula and W orld Fantasy Awards. She lives on an island off the coast of Maine with a small but grow ing menagerie of beasts, some of which are human.

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Mass Effect (TM) Annihilation

Mass Effect (TM) Annihilation

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2018

An official tie-in to the hit video game Mass Effect: Andromeda by James Tiptree Jr. and Locus Award-winner Catherynne M. Valente. The Quarian ark Keelah Si'yah sails toward the Andromeda galaxy, carrying 20,000 colonists from sundry races including the drell, the elcor, and the batarians. Thirty years from their destination, a routine check reveals drell lying dead in their pods, and a deadly pathogen on board. Soon, the disease is jumping species, and it quickly becomes clear that this is no accident. It's murder, and the perpetrator is still on board. The ship's systems rapidly degrade, and panic spreads among the colonists, for the virus yields a terrible swelling of the brain that causes madness, hallucinations, and dreadful violence. If the ship's crew can't restore their technology and find a cure, the Keelah Si'yah will never make it to the Nexus.

Space Opera

Space Opera

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/09/2018

IN SPACE EVERYONE CAN HEAR YOU SING A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented-something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding. Once every cycle, the civilizations gather for Galactivision - part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show. The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to compete. This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny - they must sing. A one-hit-wonder band of human musicians, dancers and roadies from London - Decibel Jones and the Absolute Zeroes - have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock.

Glass Town Game

Glass Town Game

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: eBook Release Date: 05/09/2017

Charlotte and Emily must enter a fantasy world that they invented in order to rescue their siblings in this adventurous and fiercely intelligent novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.Inside a small Yorkshire parsonage, Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne Bront have invented a game called Glass Town, where their toy soldiers fight Napoleon and no one dies. This make-believe land helps the four escape from a harsh reality: Charlotte and Emily are being sent away to a dangerous boarding school, a school they might not return from. But on this Beastliest Day, the day Anne and Branwell walk their sisters to the train station, something incredible happens: the train whisks them all away to a real Glass Town, and the children trade the moors for a wonderland all their own. This is their Glass Town, exactly like they envisioned italmost. They certainly never gave Napoleon a fire-breathing porcelain rooster instead of a horse. And their soldiers can die; wars are fought over the potion that raises the dead, a potion Anne would very much like to bring back to England. But when Anne and Branwell are kidnapped, Charlotte and Emily must find a way to save their siblings. Can two English girls stand against Napoleon's armies, especially now that he has a new weapon from the real world? And if he escapes Glass Town, will England ever be safe again? Together the Bront siblings must battle with a world of their own creation if they are to make it back to England alive in this magical celebration of authorship, creativity, and classic literature from award-winning author Catherynne M. Valente.

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2017

Quite by accident, September has been crowned as Queen of Fairyland - but she inherits a Kingdom in chaos. The magic of a Dodo's egg has brought every King, Queen, or Marquess of Fairyland back to life, each with a fair and good claim on the throne, each with their own schemes and plots and horrible, hilarious, hungry histories. In order to make sense of it all, and to save their friend from a job she doesn't want, A-Through-L and Saturday devise a Royal Race, a Monarckical Marathon, in which every outlandish would-be ruler of Fairyland will chase the Stoat of Arms across the whole of the nation - and the first to seize the poor beast will seize the crown. Caught up in the madness are the changelings Hawthorn and Tamburlaine, the combat wombat Blunderbuss, the gramophone Scratch, the Green Wind, and September's parents, who have crossed the universe to find their daughter...

Radiance

Radiance

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

Severin Unck is the headstrong young daughter of a world famous film director. She has inherited her father's love of the big screen but not his exuberant gothic style of filmmaking. Instead, Severin makes documentaries, artful and passionate and even rather brave - for she is a realist in a fantastic alternate universe, in which Hollywood occupies the moon, Mars is rife with lawless saloons, and the solar system contains all manner of creatures, cults and colonies. For Severin's latest project she leads her crew to the watery planet of Venus to investigate the disappearance of a diving colony there. But something goes wrong during the course of their investigations; and her crew limp home without her. All that remains of Severin are fragments. Can these snippets of scenes and shots, voices and memories, pages and recordings be collected and pieced together to tell the story of her life - and shed light on the mystery of her vanishing? Clever, dreamy, strange and beautifully written - Radiance is a novel about how stories give form to worlds.

The Boys Who Lost Fairyland

The Boys Who Lost Fairyland

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/03/2016

When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Red Wind, he becomes a Changeling - a human boy - in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his Changeling fate, while attending school and learning about human kindnesses - and un-kindnesses. TIME magazine has praised Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland books as one of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century. In this fourth installment of her saga, Valente's wisdom and wit will charm readers of all ages.

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2016

Quite by accident, September has been crowned as Queen of Fairyland - but she inherits a Kingdom in chaos. The magic of a Dodo's egg has brought every King, Queen, or Marquess of Fairyland back to life, each with a fair and good claim on the throne, each with their own schemes and plots and horrible, hilarious, hungry histories. In order to make sense of it all, and to save their friend from a job she doesn't want, A-Through-L and Saturday devise a Royal Race, a Monarckical Marathon, in which every outlandish would-be ruler of Fairyland will chase the Stoat of Arms across the whole of the nation - and the first to seize the poor beast will seize the crown. Caught up in the madness are the changelings Hawthorn and Tamburlaine, the combat wombat Blunderbuss, the gramophone Scratch, the Green Wind, and September's parents, who have crossed the universe to find their daughter...

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2016

When a young troll named Hawthorn is stolen from Fairyland by the Golden Wind, he becomes a changeling - a human boy - in the strange city of Chicago, a place no less bizarre and magical than Fairyland when seen through trollish eyes. Left with a human family, Hawthorn struggles with his troll nature and his changeling fate. But when he turns twelve, he stumbles upon a way back home, to a Fairyland much changed from the one he remembers. Soon, Hawthorn finds himself at the centre of a changeling revolution - until he comes face to face with a beautiful young Scientiste with very big, very red assistant . . . With The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, Catherynne M. Valente's wisdom and wit will continue to charm readers of all ages.

Fairyland Series (Books 1-3)

Fairyland Series (Books 1-3)

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: eBook Release Date: 18/11/2014

The Fairyland Series (Books 1-3): The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, The Girl Who Fell Beneath Faiyland and Led the Revels There, and The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two"e;One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century"e;-Time magazine, on the Fairyland seriesTwelve-year-old September lives in Omaha, and used to have an ordinary life, until her father went to war and her mother went to work. One day, September is met at her kitchen window by a Green Wind (taking the form of a gentleman in a green jacket) who invites her on an adventure, implying that her help is needed in Fairyland. . . . Perfect for fans new to the series, the first three books of Catherynne M. Valente's Fairyland Series are available together in this bundle.The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making: Upon arriving in Fairyland, September learns the new Marquess is unpredictable and fickle, and also not much older than she is. Only September can retrieve a talisman the Marquess wants from the enchanted woods, and if she doesn't . . . then the Marquess will make life impossible for the inhabitants of Fairyland.The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There: September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows-and their magic-to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September's shadow. And Halloween does not intend to give Fairyland's shadows back.The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two: September misses Fairyland and her friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. She longs to leave the routines of home and embark on a new adventure. Little does she know that this time, she will be spirited away to the moon, reunited with her friends, and find herself faced with saving Fairyland from a Moon-Yeti with great and mysterious powers.

Die wundersame Geschichte von September, die unter das Feenland fiel und mit den Schatten tanzte

Die wundersame Geschichte von September, die unter das Feenland fiel und mit den Schatten tanzte

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2014

Ein Jahr nach ihren aufregenden Abenteuern im Feenland sehnt sich September nach ihren Freunden, dem bibliophilen Lindwurm A-bis-L und dem blauen Dschinn Samstag. Als sie endlich wieder ins Feenland gelangt, muss September feststellen, dass die Bewohner ihre Schatten an das Unterfeenland verloren haben, und damit auch ihre magischen Fahigkeiten. Im Unterfeenland herrscht Halloween, die Hohle Konigin - niemand anderes als Septembers eigener Schatten, den sie im Tausch fur das Leben eines Puca hergegeben hatte. Und die Konigin ist nicht gewillt, die Schatten wieder herzugeben - im Gegenteil, sie lasst den schrecklichen Alleenmann mehr und mehr Schatten hinabziehen! September muss die Ordnung im Feenland wiederherstellen, soll es nicht ein ganzlich entzauberter Ort werden. Doch kann sie sich auf die Schatten ihrer besten Freunde ebenso verlassen wie auf ihre wirklichen Freunde?Fr Leser jeden Alters, die den Charme von "e;Alice im Wunderland"e; und die Phantasie der "e;Unendlichen Geschichte"e; lieben. Dieses Buch ist unvergesslich.

Six Gun Snow White

Six Gun Snow White

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: eBook Release Date: 07/08/2014

A plain-spoken girl relates the history of her parents, a Nevada silver baron and his native-American wife, Gun That Sings. Her mother dies in childbirth, leaving her baby girl alone in a harsh world that offers no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Six-Gun Snow White is a fascinating and enchanting tale, at once familiar and entirely new.

The Melancholy of Mechagirl

The Melancholy of Mechagirl

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2013

A collection of some of Catherynne Valente's most admired stories, including the Hugo Award-nominated novella Silently and Very Fast and the Locus Award finalist 13 Ways of Looking at Space/Time, with a brand-new long story to anchor the collection.

Deathless

Deathless

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/06/2013

A handsome young man arrives in St Petersburg at the house of Marya Morevna. He is Koschei, the Tsar of Life, and he is Marya's fate. For years she follows him in love and in war, and bears the scars. But eventually Marya returns to her birthplace - only to discover a starveling city, haunted by death. Deathless is a fierce story of life and death, love and power, old memories, deep myth and dark magic, set against the history of Russia in the twentieth century. It is, quite simply, unforgettable.

Die wundersame Geschichte von September, die sich ein Schiff baute und das Feenland umsegelte

Die wundersame Geschichte von September, die sich ein Schiff baute und das Feenland umsegelte

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2013

Die 12-jahrige September fuhrt ein schrecklich langweiliges Leben in Nebraska, wo sie den lieben langen Tag nur gelb-rosa Teetassen abspulen und mit ihrem Hundchen spielen kann. Bis eines Tages der Grune Wind auf seiner Leopardin der leichten Lufte an ihr Fenster fliegt und sie zu einem groen Abenteuer ins Feenland einladt. Tatsachlich wird Septembers Hilfe dringend gebraucht, denn im Feenland herrscht eine schreckliche Marquess, die nicht alter ist als September selbst. Sie verlangt von September, einen ganz besonderen Gegenstand aus dem gefhrlichen Gespinstwald zu holen. Sonst will die Marquess das Feenland in einen langweiligen, phantasielosen Ort verwandeln und den Einwohnern das Leben zur Hlle machen - darunter auch Septembers neue Freunde, der bcherliebende Lindwurm A-bis-L und der blaue Dschinn Samstag. Mit viel Mut und noch mehr Herz stellt sich September ihrer schwierigen Aufgabe. Fr Leser jeden Alters, die den Charme von "e;Alice im Wunderland"e; und die Phantasie der "e;Unendlichen Geschichte"e; lieben. Dieses Buch ist unvergesslich.

Myths of Origin: Four Short Novels

Myths of Origin: Four Short Novels

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2011

Apex Magazine: Issue 28

Apex Magazine: Issue 28

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2011

Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field.

Apex Magazine: Issue 27

Apex Magazine: Issue 27

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: eBook Release Date: 30/07/2011

Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field.

Girl Who Ruled Fairyland--For a Little While

Girl Who Ruled Fairyland--For a Little While

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: eBook Release Date: 27/07/2011

This original short story tells the tale of how a girl named Mallow defeated King Goldmouth with the help of the Red Wind, Mr. Map, and many fairyland friends new and old--from Catherynne M. Valente, author of the children's fantasy sensation The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Apex Magazine: Issue 26

Apex Magazine: Issue 26

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2011

Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field.

Apex Magazine: Issue 25

Apex Magazine: Issue 25

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: eBook Release Date: 05/06/2011

Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making

Author: Catherynne M. Valente Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2011

"e;This is a kind of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by way of Alice's Adventures in Wonderlandit's the sort of book one doesn't want to end."e; Publisher's Weekly, starred reviewSeptember is a girl who longs for adventure. When she is invited to Fairyland by a Green Wind and a Leopard, well, of course she accepts. (Mightnt you?) But Fairyland is in turmoil, and it will take one twelve-year-old girl, a book-loving dragon, and a strange and almost human boy named Saturday to vanquish an evil Marquess and restore order.