The Four Profound Weaves


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$14.95  $13.75
Tachyon Publications
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5.0 X 8.0 X 0.6 inches | 0.3 pounds

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About the Author

R. B. Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their stories and poems have appeared in Lightspeed Magazine's Queers Destroy Science Fiction!, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Uncanny Magazine, Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology, and many other venues. R.B.'s work has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and other awards. You can find more of their work on their Patreon ( and a full bio at


Praise for Four Profound Weaves

"The Four Profound Weaves contains imagery that glows on the page." --Patricia McKillip, author of The Forgotten Beasts of Eld

[STARRED REVIEW] "DEBUT. Uiziya e Lali has waited 40 years for her aunt to teach her the last of the Four Profound Weaves: of wind, sand, song, and bone. But her aunt, Benesret, is a master weaver to assassins, and Surun' weavers have exiled her. In the city of Iyar, the Khana women are traders, traveling in caravans; the Khana men are scholars, living much of their lives cloistered. A nameless man arrives, trying to find his place in a body that finally fits him after decades living as woman, wife, and mother, looking for Benesret to firm up his place in the world. As he and Uiziya search for Benesret, looking for answers to their individual questions, they must come together to deal with the Collector, the evil Iyar ruler who hoards power and death. VERDICT Nebula-nominated Lemberg's first novella, set in their deeply queer "Birdverse" universe, presents a beautiful, heartfelt story of change, family, identity, and courage. Centering two older transgender protagonists in the midst of emotional and physical journeys highlights the deep, meaningful prose that Lemberg always brings to their stories."
--Library Journal

"A complex and mystical journey toward friendship, family, and love." --Jewelle Gomez, author of The Gilda Stories

"R. B. Lemberg's lyrical skill, combined with unforgettable characters and the magic of the Birdverse makes a stunning fabric over which this story plays beautifully." --Fran Wilde, author of The Bone Universe

"Lyrical and unflinching." --Rivers Solomon, PEN America

"Go read this story, tell it to your friends, and help us get to that future that we so desperately need." --Trans Narrative

"Let this be your introduction to R.B.'s world of song carpets, deepnames, and deserts full of roving lovers." --Isaac R. Fellman, author of The Breath of the Sun

"I am staggered by the richness and intricacy of R. B. Lemberg's imagination. The Four Profound Weaves is an intense and emotional story of a journey of change, growth, and courage." --Kate Elliott, author of Court of Fives

"[The Four Profound Weaves is] both sweet and fierce, devastating and gentle in its truths." --M. Crane Hana, author of The Purist

"The Four Profound Weaves is a jewel-bright tile in [Lemberg's] ongoing mosaic.." --C. S. E. Cooney, author of Bone Swans, Stories

"It's fantastic alchemy on Lemberg's part, and their love and labor shines off the page." --Nino Cipri, author of Homesick

"A brilliantly profound and poignant quest, through haunting desert and intricate city and terrifying dungeon, that's truly about people and change."
--Scott H. Andrews, editor of Beneath Ceaseless Skies magazine

"The world of the Birdverse is intricate and spellbinding, the descriptions dazzle and the setting sings." --Bookends & Bagends

"5/5 stars. R. B. Lemberg's first foray into long-form fiction has left me breathless. The Four Profound Weaves is a love ballad sung straight into the hearts of those who most need to hear it." --Black Forest Basilisks

"5/5 stars. The prose is absolutely exquisite . . . It's probably safe to say this will be one of the highlights of 2020 for me and I most highly recommend it." --To Other Worlds