A Stranger in the Citadel

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5.43 X 8.43 X 0.79 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
Called "violent, poetic and compulsively readable" by Maclean's, science fiction author Tobias S. Buckell is a New York Times bestselling writer and World Fantasy Award winner. He is biracial, and was born in the Caribbean, grew up in Grenada, and spent time in the British and US Virgin Islands. His Xenowealth series begins with Crystal Rain. Along with other standalone novels and his almost one hundred stories, Buckell's works have been translated into twenty different languages. He has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and the Astounding Award for Best New Science Fiction Author.

Buckell currently lives in Bluffton, Ohio with his wife and two daughters, where he teaches Creative Writing at Bluffton University. He's online at http: //www.TobiasBuckell.com and is also an instructor at the Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing program.
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"Tense, explosive oh-my-god-what-will-they-do-now action; appealing characters you care about, even when you deplore what they do; rich, surprising worldbuilding; a fascinating story of words and the people who guard them. Gotta love hero librarians, especially in times like these."
--Nalo Hopkinson, author of Falling in Love with Hominids

"With A Stranger In The Citadel, Tobias Buckell writes to the moment we live in, with a clarity and urgency that only fable can provide. Read it."
--John Scalzi, author of The Kaiju Preservation Society

[STARRED REVIEW] "Buckell's latest (after The Tangled Lands, 2018, with Paolo Bacigalupi) begins by deceiving readers, presenting a postapocalyptic setting as fantasy, gradually dropping clues to the reader relating to our current world. Protagonist and narrator Lilith, the youngest musketress of Ninetha, privileged with guardianship of the mystical Cornucopia which provides for all of the city's needs, is equally unaware of her world's history, largely because books and reading were banned in exchange for the Cornucopias. When a librarian, Ishmael, stumbles into Ninetha as the first visitor in a generation, Lilith's actions to defend him ripple into the destruction of her home and family by her own mentor, Kira, who was offended by the family's heresy of secretly owning a single book and hoarding the provisions from the Cornucopia. When Lilith flees Ninetha with Ishmael, she discovers how sheltered her worldview was as he shares tales of his travels and his love of learning. Inspired by Fahrenheit 451, Buckell masterfully crafts this coming-of-age story for a strong, compassionate heroine who needed a bit of reality thrust upon her."

"A powerful story that explores the strength of the written word and those who fear it. Tobias Buckell has crafted a disturbing and page-turning tale of banned books, outlaw librarians, killer angels, and world changing secrets--set in a far flung dystopian future that chillingly resonates with our present."
--P. Djèlí Clark, author of Ring Shout

"A Stranger in the Citadel (Tachyon Publications) by Grenada-raised Tobias Buckell presents a compassionate allegory for humanity's peaceful coexistence and survival, through the lens of speculative fiction.
--Trinidad Daily Express

"Tobias Buckell packs a trilogy's worth of action and invention into this riotously-paced novel, which builds to a moving conclusion. It's an exciting and surprising book, a thriller which also happens to be a thoughtful meditation on power, knowledge and loyalty."
--Alastair Reynolds, author of the Revelation Space series

"The message about the importance of literacy could not be more timely, and Buckell's sure-handed plotting keep the pages flying. Readers will be hooked."
--Publishers Weekly

"A Stranger in the Citadel is a smartly-written book, full of deep, layered worldbuilding and complex relationships, all built around a thoughtful exploration of the power of story."
--Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer

"VERDICT: In World Fantasy Award winner Buckell's (The Trove) latest, Lilith undergoes a journey from innocence to terrible experience. Recommended for readers who enjoy stories that reveal in layers and any who liked the postapocalyptic, flawed reconstruction of knowledge in The Starless Crown by James Rollins."
--Library Journal

Praise for Tobias Buckell

"A writer to shelve there with C.J. Cherryh, Alastair Reynolds, Dan Simmons and those few other writers who have managed to adopt the advantages of mainstream literature without giving up the skilled storytelling and sense of wonder of old-style SF."
--Critical Mass

"If the Hernandez Brothers of Love and Rockets fame could channel Arthur Clarke and Hal Clement, they'd probably write like Tobias Buckell."
--Sci Fi Weekly

"Riffing on classics like Fahrenheit 451, Buckell creates a future world in which largesse is provided through giant machines known as the cornucopia and books and knowledge are spurned."
--Pile by the Bed

"Some of the most creative and captivating world-building I've read in a while!"
--Potions and Puzzles

Praise for Hurricane Fever

[STARRED REVIEW] "Buckell has written a smart and well-constructed tale that's filled with excitement and the flavor of the Caribbean isles."

"This is the perfect novel to devour on that otherwise boring plane flight, or to chew up the hours at the beach house."
--SF Signal

"Hurricane Fever is a fast-paced, action-packed thriller rich in authentic Caribbean detail."
--Cosmos Magazine

"Hurricane Fever pays homage to (and puts interesting twists on) the classic spy novels of Ian Fleming, Robert Ludlum, and John le Carré."
--Fantasy Literature