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Radiance

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A Maxim Jakubowski selected title.

One of the most original books of the year so far, this tale of the romance of silent film movie-making and early Hollywood soons veers into the most unpredictable of directions and takes the reader to new worlds and horizons that are truly staggering in their speculative sense of wonder. Involving alternate history, 1920s space exploration with a strong touch of the naivety of the pulp writing era, gossip columns a la Hedda Hopper, actual film scripts, the adventures we are presented with are like an ever-shifting kaleidoscope that peers into another dimension. Severin, the daughter of a famous film director of gothic romances in a world which is not quite like ours rebels against her environment and becomes a documentarian in space when she stumbles against a tale straight from the yellowing pages of early SF cliches and reality literally takes a tumble. Bizarre, exhilarating and a must read for anyone with a thirst for the uncommon. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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Radiance by Catherynne M. Valente

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.

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'The long-awaited first science fiction novel - though it's really more of a cosmic fantasy - from Tiptree winner Valente is a masterpiece of storytelling, seductive in prose and ambitious in scope ... This will captivate readers with all the drama and wonder that Valente's strange and wonderful golden age Hollywood demands.' Publishers Weekly

'Valente's descriptions are lush and striking, her worlds reveling in the dreamiest of nods to classic science fiction, where alien planets are full of life and easily reachable. A heady, strange, and beautifully written novel about how stories give form to worlds.' Kirkus

'An intriguing examination of how we piece together our personal narratives Washington Post Radiance is a sleek rocket ship of a novel, swaddled in Art Deco decadence and glossy with an unsettling alt-history patina.' New York Times

About the Author

Catherynne M. Valente

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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Publication date

3rd March 2016

Author

Catherynne M. Valente

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www.valentefairyland.com/

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Publisher

Corsair an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Hardback
432 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
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Fantasy

ISBN

9781472115140

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