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5.3 X 8.3 X 1.6 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD, with a small dog and long cat. He is the author of speculative novels such as FIRST, BECOME ASHES (2021), DOCILE (2020), and a third that will follow up on his Hugo and Nebula nominated novelette, "Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time." They're about cults and trauma, consent and debt, and a horny trans vampire, respectively. His short fiction appears in, Uncanny, Lightspeed, and more. You can find himme on the Internet at and on Twitter and Instagram at @kmszpara.


"Szpara is the rare author able to tackle trauma and healing without flinching." --N. K. Jemisin

"Don't call K.M. Szpara's Docile a dystopia. This book is something much stranger and yet closer to our own reality. Szpara has an amazing gift for immersing us in a world of exploitation and unbearable tenderness, and making it feel familiar and inescapable. Reading Docile changed me and left me with a new awareness of the structures of oppression that surround me. This book is an unforgettable story of human connection and the struggle to remain yourself in a world of debtors and creditors." --Charlie Jane Anders

"An unflinching examination of class and bleakest capitalism. Brilliant. Properly chilling." --Stoya

"An ambitious and provocative debut, smooth to read yet thorny to grapple with." --The New York Times

"Docile is queer and kinky and doesn't shy away from the complicated questions that can come into play with those intersecting realities" --WIRED

"If you're not careful, this disturbing, sexy, disturbingly sexy book will infect your brain, and you'll start wondering whether its miserable world is very different from our own, and how much choice any of us really have in this capitalist hellscape where so many of our options are set at birth. And then you might want to do something about it." --Sam J. Miller

"Startlingly plausible and delicately insightful, this is a book that will haunt you." --Seanan McGuire

"An unputdownable scifi dystopian erotica human rights masterpiece reminiscent of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty--but this time, the beauty fights back." --Delilah S. Dawson

"This is what Fifty Shades of Grey could have been, if only it had been more brutally honest with itself." --Jenn Lyons

"Docile is an intricate exploration of power, privilege, and class dynamics. Szpara has successfully delivered a novel that is unflinching in its sensuality as well as its scrutiny." --Sarah Gailey

"This powerful debut is filled with achingly tender and brutally raw prose. Szpara strikes out at capitalism as well as the pharmaceutical trade and its effects, while dancing on the emotional knife's edge between love and obedience." --Library Journal starred review

"As powerful as it is plausible, Docile is a parable about consent, twisted love and challenging systemic abuse." --Shelf Awareness

"This queer dystopia is an arresting, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying challenge." --Publishers Weekly

"Brutally candid and endlessly readable, Docile is a chilling look into our all-too-possible dystopian future. Szpara has written a sharp, insightful warning about the dangers of greed, debt, Big Pharma and capitalism that shouldn't be ignored." --Ms. Magazine

"An erotic and emotionally-complex tale unfolds between the two men, told through their alternating perspectives. Think Brave New World meets Fifty Shades of Grey but with an LGBTQ bent. Don't be surprised if this book stays with you long after you finish reading." --Baltimore Magazine

"The hook may be titillating--to save his family, a farm boy sells himself, nudge nudge wink wink--but Docile follows through on that premise to its deepest roots and its most satisfying conclusion. Docile is an absolute feast." --Cecilia Tan

"A powerful, complex story that explores the dark consequences of a future with inherited debt. Docile is unflinching in its examination of class and wealth disparity while remaining a compelling and emotionally nuanced story." --C.L. Polk

"K.M. Szpara's dazzling debut is gripping, intricate, and sexy as hell. In these times of capitalistic dysfunction, his terrifying, debt-soaked future America is all too believable, and the characters--with all their flaws and complex desires-- will linger with you long after the last page. I didn't want to stop reading!" --Neon Yang

"With unflinching empathy, Szpara explores the depths of love, complicity, and all the systems that bind us." --Ruthanna Emrys