- Author Sam J. Miller
- Narrator Vikas Adam
- Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
- Run Time 10 hours and 24 minutes
- Format Audio
- Genre Dystopian and utopian fiction, Modern and contemporary fiction, Narrative theme: Environmental issues, Narrative theme: Politics, Science fiction, Science fiction: apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic, Science fiction: near-future.
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What to expect
***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
‘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
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 thrillerGUARDIAN
Miller’s poetic prose gives this dystopian story a taut, lyrical edgeENTERTAINMENT 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 novelCarmen 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 leaveAdam Sternbergh, author of THE BLINDS
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