The second volume of the Terra Ignota series, Seven Surrenders continues Mycroft Canner’s history begun in Too Like the Lightning. In 2454, the leaders of the great globe-spanning Hives, which have replaced geographic nations, have long conspired to keep the world stable, but that balance is giving way. In the face of global collapse a prostitute, a noble king, a despised criminal, a theological spy, and a hive of techno-utopian future-builders seek for a rumored miracle child in search of answers.
Perfect for fans of Gene Wolfe, Jo Walton, Robert Charles Wilson and Kim Stanley Robinson, Too Like The Lightning is a challenging philosophical and political science fiction epic. Much like Homer telling of heroic deeds and wine dark seas, Mycroft Canner’s narration will draw you into the world of Terra Ignota—a world simmering with gender politics and religious fervor just beneath the surface, on the brink of revolutionary change.
The Will to Battle is the third book in the Terra Ignota series. In Books 1 and 2, convict Mycroft brought us his history of the seven days of change that remade the world. Now comes his chronicle of the days that follow, reporting the events at the start of the new world, as the remnants of the old cling to the structures of their civilization and maneuver for advantage in the new order.
Perhaps The Stars is the fourth and final novel in the Terra Ignota series. World Civil War engulfs humanity in a struggle for the shape of the future. Soldiers walk the world for the first time in centuries, accompanied by living legends, artificial intelligences, and strange gods whose conflict is known only to the innermost circle of world influencers. Mycroft and 9A bring their dedicated Reader to the conclusion of war and the dawn of the newly-shaped future.
Inventing the Renaissance dismantles the myth of the Renaissance golden age, revealing where that myth comes from, and the desperate and war-torn age hidden underneath.
In our ongoing pandemic, many have looked at old theories that the Black Death caused wages to rise leading to the Renaissance golden age, and asked if this means COVID will cause an economic boom. Rather than giving the short answer, “that research is out of date,” Inventing the Renaissance looks at why historical errors like that happen, how they tend to persist, and where the idea of the Renaissance as a golden age came from. It also dives deep into the era’s events and world view, showing how Renaissance thinkers enabled world-changing ideas including utilitarian ethics, egalitarianism, universal education, modern liberal arts education, the scientific method, and the modern concept of progress, as well as bad things like nationalism and European imperialism.
Long ago, in the 1920s, a conversation started in the letter columns of pulp science fiction magazines. Fans began debating what this stuff was, what it’s doing, how it’s different from other genres, why we like it so much, what we should call it, and whether robots could actually juggle. This conversation continues, and in Trace Elements: Conversations on the Project of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Jo Walton and Ada Palmer both engage with it and trace elements of it across time.