The Sleepless

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5.9 X 8.5 X 1.5 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author
Victor Manibo is a Filipino speculative fiction writer living in New York. A 2022 Lambda Literary Emerging Voices Fellow, he is the author of the science fiction noir novel The Sleepless. His next novel, Escape Velocity, is forthcoming from Erewhon Books in Spring 2024. Find him online at or on Twitter @victormanibo.
"A tale of insidious, corporate-capitalist implications . . . and the human consequences of a life without dreams." --Booklist

"Bracing pageturner. . . . blending SF and mystery/thriller tropes with social justice concerns to discuss discrimination, ambition, betrayal, family, memory as defining who we are, and capitalism's devastating will to power." --Library Journal's "Top Fall Debut Novels"

"Manibo neatly dissects the drawbacks of capitalist demands on society in this taut near-future procedural. It's smart, high-tech noir." -- Publishers Weekly

"[A] gripping, nightmarish descent into obsession, addiction, and the horrible journalistic pursuit of truth at the expense of literally everything else. . . . [A] deep, introspective reflection on the ways in which productivity has taken over our lives, and the novel crafts a compassionate treatise on what makes people's lives worth living." --io9's "Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2022"

"The Sleepless is a thrilling debut with a fresh, edgy voice." --Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"Fittingly titled, as the compulsive plot will keep you turning pages, way past your bedtime. The Sleepless does what only the best science fiction can do: create a world so boldly changed--but so hauntingly true--that it teaches us much about our own." --Sam J. Miller, author of Blackfish City

"Victor Manibo's The Sleepless has everything I want in a near-future whodunit: an irresistible 'what if' premise, a twisty and desperate murder investigation, and a razor-sharp examination of the chillingly recognizable dark side of a seemingly bright future. The Sleepless delivers on its promise; I could not close my eyes." --Fonda Lee, author of the Green Bone Saga

"Manibo has crafted a sharp, immersive dose of speculative fiction, a potent blend of science fiction and noir. The Sleepless will prove its name: you won't be able to put it down, even as bedtime beckons." --Alex Segura, author of Secret Identity

"A meditative near-future thriller that explores grief, meaning, and time in a world that's terrifyingly plausible." --Lincoln Michel, author of The Body Scout

"The Sleepless is an expertly crafted tale of exploitation and deceit set within the eldritch horror of a neverending capitalist grind." --K. M. Szpara, author of First, Become Ashes

"The Sleepless is just the beginning; Victor Manibo is an author to keep your eye on." --Lara Elena Donnelly, author of The Amberlough Dossier

"The best kind of science fiction . . . A knockout of a debut." --Rob Hart, author of The Warehouse