Queen of the Deep by Kay Kenyon


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The world of the Palazzo: a magical ship which is both a colossal ocean liner and a Renaissance kingdom. Ruling over its denizens–both human and otherwise–is an exotic and dangerous queen. Jane Gray is lost in a dazzling world of court intrigue and deadly intent. To find her way home, Jane must discover who–or what–guides the Palazzo, and what is the urgent secret of its endless voyage.

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“Fascinatingly conceived, brilliantly handled.”–Mike Resnick

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◊ Five of my science fiction novels, reissued. ◊

The Braided World

John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalist.

braidedworldWhen you get a message from deep space, should you answer?

Earth has cause to believe that the universe is not a friendly place. But one woman, a singer well past her performance years, and seeking one last adventure, funds the mission that will accept an ambiguous invitation. . . to the stars.

Bailey Shaw chooses the young and untested Anton Prados to lead the expedition. But when they make first contact with the alien Dassa, she and Anton receive a troubling reception. The Dassa appear human. But they are badly altered humans . . .

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When Terraforming comes unravelled.

Colonists have terraformed the planet Lithia, but now the green biosphere is unraveling. In its place is the old Lithia, toxic to some, but preferable to the ruthless, alien orthong.

Finding himself marooned on Lithia, young Reeve Calder is determined to make a home, but he is a newcomer, soon to encounter savage colonists, inhabiting the ruins of vanished power; the Somaformers, a cult tampering with adaptive genes; Loon, a feral girl who leads the marooned group by her mad, internal compass. And Nerys, a young woman enslaved by the orthong, and determined to rise in their ranks. Reeve and his companions are on a journey to reach the great rift valley where the final reckoning awaits, one that will decide world dominance–or bring an unthinkable world cataclysm.

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 Maximum Ice

P.K. Dick Award finalist.

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Zoya Kundara has lived on the space vessel Star Road for 250 years. As Ship Mother, she is awakened from Deep Sleep in times of crisis. Now the ship has returned home, only to discover an Earth blanketed in a pearl-white mantle called Ice–a grand and mysterious ecology of information-bearing crystals.

To find a home for her crew, Zoya must approach the denizens of this  new Earth: The Ice Nuns, who seek sole control of the physics-defying crystals; people huddled like moles in underground techno-warrens; and the snow witches, both mad and prophetic . . . and one in particular, who will defend the kingdom of Ice with power and immortal cunning.

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 Tropic of Creation

“Ranks with such science fiction greats as Frank Herbert and Orson Scott Card.” — PW  (starred review)

Tropic of Creation by Kay Kenyon

Half of known space is littered with the skeletons of metal and bone from thirty years of war with the ahtra. Now, Captain Eli Dammond has landed on a deserted planet to rescue survivors of a crashed space ship. In his charge is Sascha, the fourteen-year-old granddaughter of a general.

But the planet is not what it seems. It is about to undergo a radical seasonal change, one that will hatch frightening creatures. There are few refuges from the rampaging season. One is deep underground. It’s no place for a human army officer, as Eli will learn. The other–Sashcha’s only hope– is in the the nests of the monsters themselves.

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The Seeds of Time

“A winning heroine, a gripping adventure.” –Publishers Weekly

The Seeds of Time by Kay KenyonTime travel was never like this–tied to the motions of the stars, a short cut across the galaxy, and–if you’re a rare Dive pilot–a chance to be a hero. Clio Finn is one of these, a space pilot on the run from a dystopian and graying Earth toward the only future she ever wanted: the stars.

Her mission: to retrieve viable biota to reseed the Earth. Now, a long way from home, she’s found the jackpot, a lush paradise, with plant life so vital, its seeds could give Earth a second chance, or–as her enemies believe–seal its destruction. But she’s determined to bring her payload home. It’s Clio Finn’s last Dive. It’s Earth’s last chance.

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A Thousand Perfect Things

9781624670954A Victorian woman takes on magical beasts, ghosts, and the British Raj.

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In an alternate 19th century, there are two warring continents on an reimagined earth: the scientific Anglica (England) and magical Bharata (India). Emboldened by her grandfather’s final whispered secret of a magical lotus, Tori Harding, a young Victorian woman and aspiring botanist, must journey to Bharata, with its magics, intrigues and ghosts, to claim her fate. There she will face a choice between two suitors and two irreconcilable realms.

“Deep and interesting worldbuilding; strongly designed and focused protagonist; interesting social commentary and thematic resonances. . . . A strong turn into pure fantasy for Kay Kenyon.” —SF Signal

The Entire and The Rose

The Entire and the Rose quartet introduces a unique milieu: the Entire, a universe without stars and planets and that, in effect, tunnels through our own. The immense lid of its sky waxes and wanes, bringing day and twilight. In this setting, the celebrated series chronicles the journey of Titus Quinn through a land of wonders.

“A splendid fantasy quest as compelling as anything by Stephen R. Donaldson, Philip Jose Farmer or yes, J. R. R. Tolkien.” —The Washington Post


Bright of the Sky

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A World Too Near


City Without End


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