Spanning themes of ecology, consent, freedom, sentience, and more, these unflinching works of fiction consider the heavy consequences of capitalism and environmental destruction on our communities, our planet, and the non-human neighbors we share it with.
N. K. Jemisin's Broken Earth trilogy is set on an alternate earth called the 'Stillness,' where society is structured around surviving catastrophic climate events—earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes—and a deep hatred for Orogenes, individuals with the supernatural ability to control and manipulate geo-energy. This is epic sci-fi world building, profoundly informed by racial injustice and climate change, written by a Black woman. This is some god tier shit.
—Beck, Firestorm Collective member
Karen Joy Fowler has written the book she's always had in her to write. With all the quiet strangeness of her amazing Sarah Canary, and all the breezy wit and skill of her beloved Jane Austen Book Club, and a new, urgent gravity, she has told the story of an American family. An unusual family—but aren't all families unusual? A very American, an only-in-America family—and yet an everywhere family, whose children, parents, siblings, love one another very much, and damage one another badly. Does the love survive the damage? Will human beings survive the damage they do to the world they love so much? This is a strong, deep, sweet novel.
—Ursula K. Le Guin, author of The Dissposessed
Classic SF in the mode of Ursula K Le Guin or Octavia Butler... This is a millennial’s novel, featuring young people trying to make their way through an uncaring, corrupt and intermittently violent world... Heartfelt and absorbing fiction.
A thoughtful, fearlessly low-key novel about the role of our species on the planet... laid out for us with an originality and a clarity that few would deny.
—The New York Times Book Review
“Kaleidoscopic... Unferth’s lens, which telescopes through time and space, is unafraid to linger on the bizarre and vicious cycle of birth-death, need-fulfillment and supply-demand that this phantom-run barn universe perpetuates... Yet Unferth never traffics in gratuitous shock. Instead, her sentences and constantly shifting point of view are embroidered with a great deal of unexpected tenderness and optimism.
—Los Angeles Times
Monumental... The Overstory accomplishes what few living writers from either camp, art or science, could attempt. Using the tools of the story, he pulls readers heart-first into a perspective so much longer-lived and more subtly developed than the human purview that we gain glimpses of a vast, primordial sensibility, while watching our own kind get whittled down to size... A gigantic fable of genuine truths.
—Barbara Kingsolver, author of Unsheltered
The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly breaks down the boundaries between the animal and the human and takes us on the intensely personal journey of a lonely hen whose simple, fierce desires guide her to surprising places. This entertaining and plaintive tale is South Korea’s Charlotte’s Web for youth and adults alike.
—Krys Lee, author of Drifting House
These are stories that mix intrigue and magic with heartfelt friendship. Mure has a real knack for portraying relationships and emotions with a minimum of words and panels without losing any of the emotional impact.
—Christina Ladd, Geekly Inc
A winding, imaginative, genre-defying story. Part murder mystery, part fairy tale, Drive Your Plow is a thrilling philosophical examination of the ways in which some living creatures are privileged above others