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***SHORTLISTED FOR THE NEBULA AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL***
***A PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BEST BOOK OF 2018***
***A KIRKUS BEST BOOK OF 2018***
***A WASHINGTON POST BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL OF 2018***

A remarkable work of dystopian imagination‘ – Starburst

‘Incisive and beautifully written . . . Blackfish City simmers with menace and heartache, suspense and wonder’ – Ann Leckie, Hugo, Nebula and Clarke Award-winning author

*****

After the climate wars, a floating city was constructed in the Arctic Circle. Once a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering it is now rife with corruption and the population simmers with unrest.

Into this turmoil comes a strange new visitor – a woman accompanied by an orca and a chained polar bear. She disappears into the crowds looking for someone she lost thirty years ago, followed by whispers of a vanished people who could bond with animals. Her arrival draws together four people and sparks a chain of events that will change Blackfish City forever.

DISTURBING, POWERFUL AND FEARLESSLY IMAGINED, BLACKFISH CITY IS A MESMERISING NOVEL FROM A REMARKABLE NEW VOICE IN SCIENCE FICTION

*****

‘A compelling dystopian thriller’ Guardian

‘Sam Miller is a fiercely strong writer, and this book is a blast’ – Daryl Gregory, World Fantasy
Award-winning author

‘I haven’t been this swept away by imagination and worldbuilding since Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials’ – Carmen Maria Machado, National Book Award-nominated author of Her Body and other Parties

‘Damn near perfect’ The Book Smugglers

‘An ambitious, imaginative and big-hearted dystopian ensemble story that’s by turns elegiac and angry’ Publisher’s Weekly

‘This is the kind of swirling, original sci-fi we live for’ – B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

Critics Review

  • A remarkable work of dystopian imagination . . .a gorgeously realised world that feels authentic . . . [Miller] writes exquisitely and presents us with a future that is terrifyingly plausible but never less than mesmerising . . . It’s too early in the year to begin assembling 2018’s ‘best of’ list, but Blackfish City has got to be an early contender.

    STARBURST
  • 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. Plus, it has lots of action and a great cast of characters. Not to mention an orca and a polar bear!

    Ann Leckie, Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author
  • Miller excels at depicting a metropolis bursting at the seams and populated by both refugees and the elite. Blackfish City is a compelling dystopian thriller

    GUARDIAN
  • Miller’s poetic prose gives this dystopian story a taut, lyrical edge

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
  • 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
  • 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. A saltwater-splashed refuge for misfits and cutthroats, teeming with mystery and intrigue, Blackfish City is a place you might never want to live in – but as a reader, you won’t want to leave

    Adam Sternbergh, author of THE BLINDS

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