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$14.99  $13.94
Journey Press
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.38 inches | 0.47 pounds
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About the Author

Three time Hugo Finalist Gideon Marcus is the founder of Journey Press, an independent publisher focused on unusual and diverse speculative fiction. He also runs the time machine project, Galactic Journey. A professional space historian, he is a member of the American Astronautical Society's history committee.In 2019, he edited Rediscovery: Science Fiction by Women (1958-1963) a seminal anthology of some of the best works of science fiction's Silver Age. His most recent works, Kitra and Sirena, comprise books one and two of The Kitra Saga, a YA space adventure featuring themes of isolation, teamwork, and hope, and starring a queer protagonist of color.Gideon lives in San Diego County with his writer/editor wife, Janice, and their polymath artist daughter, Lorelei...along with a cat, a snake, and an immense library. He is currently hard at work on Hyvilma, third book in the Kitra Saga.


"It was amazing I really enjoyed this - it's a quick read, well written, well paced, and a fun story. I'll look forward to Kitra and crew's next adventure!"


"This is a wonderful story of a group of friends coming together to find themselves...I struggled to tear myself away from it to get back to my shift in a way very few YA novels have done for me lately. I highly recommend this work and can't wait for more in the future! 5/5"


"A great YA SciFi book that would be good primer for a budding SciFi fan, and a good read for their parents as well. It was a quick read for me that I didn't want to put down."


"There are moments of triumph, moments of despair, interpersonal moments, moments of brilliant solutions to seemingly intractable problems, moments of courage in the face of the odds. It's emotionally satisfying without being (too) scientifically implausible. I found it well paced, too, with a good mixture of "everything is going great, we're going to achieve our dreams" and "oh, crap, we're all going to die".

Recommended, and I will be watching for more in the series."


"This was a very nice, easy read! I would recommend it to anyone looking for an optimistic YA book about friends who work together to overcome some major challenges. It had several very cute moments, and the overall tone was light and hopeful."


"I found myself drawn into the story right from the beginning and followed along breathlessly the entire time as the group navigated space travel and interpersonal relationships in a very real and very relatable way. I was glad to see such diversity in the story, especially in Kitra as it is rare to find a bisexual lead in any media, never mind sci-fi."


"I like my sci fi pretty hard, and for YA stuff, you could tap this with a wrench. Lots of physics and logistics, clever technical workarounds, little details like recycled air smelling of body odor and farts after a while (submariner cousin told me about that)

Also the description of a handful of scared people trapped in a small space during a crisis, trying not to get on each other's nerves, is evocative. I am a soft touch for that, these days, though.

The characters are nicely diverse in many ways: gender, orientation, ethnic background, species, and personality. I am partial to Peter, described as "the panicky engineer", who has an implied rough childhood and a nicely complex character arc.

The story promises to continue in further books, and I look forward to them."