A Half-Built Garden

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5.3 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.61 pounds

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About the Author
Ruthanna Emrys is the author of the Innsmouth Legacy series, including Winter Tide and Deep Roots, and the Imperfect Commentaries collection. She writes radically hopeful short stories about religion and aliens and psycholinguistics. She lives in a mysterious manor house on the outskirts of Washington, DC with her wife and their large, strange family. She creates real versions of imaginary foods in her crowded kitchen, gives unsolicited advice, and occasionally attempts to save the world.

Nominated for the Utopia Award!

A Locus Recommended Reading Pick!

A Goodreads Most Anticipated Summer Read!

"This complex, complicated, gorgeous musing on the future of humanity and the power of connection, the things we owe to each other and the essential strength of consensus, deserves to be the first contact novel that defines a generation." --Seanan McGuire

"Emrys creates such an optimistic view of what the future could be and does so using some of the best ideas of where humanity is headed. She doesn't shy away from the devastation to come, but she does offer rays of hope for both humanity and nature." --Booklist

"A fascinatingly rich and original vision of our future world, explored at a moment of crisis; a vitally important exploration of the meaning of family and community; and a refraction of today's conundrums through a fresh interpretation of first contact." --Malka Older

"Emrys' fast-paced and fun story paints a picture of a future that's imaginable within our lifetimes. Hers is a unique and ultimately hopeful vision of the world we might bequeath to our grandchildren." --Karl Schroeder

"Emrys presents a fascinating future full of possibilities in conversation with the more popularly imagined stark dystopian future of environmental collapse and corporate control." --Buzzfeed News

"A spectacular first-contact novel about complicated utopias and networked conflict - it's a wild ride, and a perfect example of one of the smartest structural analyses of sf I ever heard." --Corey Doctorow

"Rigorously imagined, gentle and terrifying by turns, this book is a visit to a hopeful near future filled with bright possibilities and intriguing characters who hope to draw Earth beyond the brink of Anthropocene ruin."
--L. X. Beckett

"An incisive, meaty, dive into an imperfect future shaped by the hard truth that escaping a bad system is the easy part, building better is where the work begins. Emrys masterfully demonstrates how a medium-good future can send more chilling warnings than dystopia about how hard making a good world truly is." --Ada Palmer

"Thought-provoking." --Publishers Weekly