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Blackfish City: A Novel by [Sam J. Miller]
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From the Back Cover

When a strange new visitor arrives in a floating city in the Arctic—humanity’s last hope after the ravages of climate change—the city is entranced. She’s riding an orca and has a polar bear at her beck and call. She’s called “the orcamancer,” and she very subtly unites four desperate people to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together, they will learn shocking truths about themselves—and save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay.

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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''A floating Arctic city; nano-bonded orcas and polar bears; an Earth violently reshaped by the mistakes we're making right now… I haven't been this swept away by imagination and worldbuilding since Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. A gorgeous, queer, muscular novel.'' (Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award-nominated author of Her Body and Other Parties)

''An ambitious, imaginative, and big-hearted dystopian ensemble. . . . Miller has crafted a thriller that unflinchingly examines the ills of urban capitalism. . . . Rendered in poetic interludes.'' (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

''A wildly inventive post-cyberpunk ride that also has real things to say about community and family. Sam Miller's drowned future is vivid and fully real, even as he throws in the weird and the fantastic. Sam Miller is a fiercely strong writer, and this book is a blast.'' --(Daryl Gregory, World Fantasy Award-winning author of Spoonbenders)

''Blackfish City is an exhilarating tour of a post-catastrophe future that's both fantastical and eerily convincing. Imagine The Yiddish Policeman's Union cross-bred with Snowcrash and you'll get an inkling of the imaginative horsepower on display here.'' (Adam Sternbergh, author of The Blinds)

''Miller gives us an incisive and beautifully written story of love, revenge, and the power (and failure) of family in a scarily plausible future.  Blackfish City simmers with menace and heartache, suspense and wonder.'' --(Ann Leckie, New York Times bestselling and Hugo, Nebula, and Clarke Award-winning author of Ancillary Justice)
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B071DSNY9G
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Ecco; Reprint edition (April 17, 2018)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 17, 2018
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1015 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 331 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
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Sam J. Miller is the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving (an NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (a “Must Read” in Entertainment Weekly and O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine). Sam’s short stories have been nominated for the World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon, and Locus Awards, and reprinted in dozens of anthologies. He is the last in a long line of butchers, and he has also been a film critic, a grocery bagger, a community organizer, a secretary, a painter's assistant and model, and the guitarist in a punk rock band. He lives in New York City, and at samjmiller.com.

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