Tropic of Kansas


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Harper Voyager
Publish Date
5.3 X 8.0 X 1.1 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Christopher Brown's debut novel Tropic of Kansas was a finalist for the Campbell Award for best science fiction novel of 2018, and he was a World Fantasy Award nominee for the anthology Three Messages and a Warning. His short fiction and criticism has appeared in a variety of magazines and anthologies, including MIT Technology Review, LitHub, and The Baffler. He lives in Austin, Texas, where he also practices law.


"[A] real page turner."--Gavin J. Grant, Bram Stoker Award-winning editor and author
"A unique blend of Philip K. Dick, Kafka (just a smidgen), and a whole lot of Christopher Brown. Adventure novel meets political satire and the finest elements of realistic sci-fi, and it's so well written it goes down like a greased eel. It's hopeful dystopia. What a book."
--Joe R. Lansdale, author of the Hap and Leonard series
"Futurist as provocateur! The world is sheer bat-shit genius...a truly hallucinatorily envisioned environment."--William Gibson, New York Times bestselling and award-winning author
"The great American novel about the end of America. This book is marvelously propulsive, big hearted, and whip smart."--Kelly Link, Pulitzer Prize-nominated author of Get in Trouble
"Timely, dark, and ultimately hopeful: it might not 'make America great again, ' but then again, it just might."--Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling and award winning author of Homeland
"This stunning novel of a time all too easily imaginable as our own highlights a few of the keen-voiced, brave-souled women and men who balance like subversive acrobats on society's whirling edges...Read it to burn with the joy of realistic hope."--Nisi Shawl, Tiptree-award winning author of Everfair and Writing the Other
"Tropic of Kansas is the tale of a politically desperate USA haunted by a sullen, feral teen who is Huck Finn, Conan and Tarzan. Because it's Chris Brown's own imaginary America, this extraordinary novel is probably more American than America itself will ever get."--Bruce Sterling, award-winning author of Islands in the Net and Pirate Utopia
"Tropic of Kansas is savvy political thriller meets ripping pulp adventure-a marriage made in page-turning, thought-provoking heaven. It's a vision both frighteningly prescient and already too real, and a story of valiant heart and brain up against the worst architectures of greed and power."--Jessica Reisman, SESFA award-winning author of Substrate Phantoms
"This book is a powerful vision of an America that might be, an America that some nights seems as though it is all too likely to be, filled with powerful characters and a chilling presentiment of how far our country could fall...a novel well worth reading."--San Francisco Book Review
"Tropic of Kansas is like a modern dystopian buffet [...] It is, in this particular moment in history, frighteningly prescient. It is the nightly news with the volume turned up to 11."
"Tropic of Kansas is a great novel. Brown's writing is tightly composed, and flows nicely...Definitely recommended."--Civilian Reader
"This wildly audacious alternate history pits a black lawyer and her semi-feral stepbrother against a paranoid U.S. government defending its ex-movie-star president, who was maimed during a foiled assassination attempt. This funny, heart-wrenching book cuts through genre expectations with the speed of a jackhammer."--Seattle Times
"This vision of the future is violent, unforgiving, and bleak: Cormac McCarthy meets Philip K. Dick. It's disturbing because of how believable it is...It's remarkably effective. Recommended for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and China MiƩville."--Booklist
"A new mutation of the alternate history novel."--Norman Spinrad (Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)
"Fun, fast, violent, smart, and with enough adventure and science fiction elements to keep fans of both genres happy, this was more than a superb novel: it was the kind of book that announces the arrival of an author at the top of his game."--LitReactor (Best of 2017)