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The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles

Malka Older



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St Martins/Tor
09 July 2024
Mossa has returned to Valdegeld on a missing person's case, for which she'll once again need Pleiti's insight. Seventeen students and staff members have disappeared from Valdegeld University-yet no one has noticed. The answers to this case may lie on the moon of Io-Mossa's home-and the history of Jupiter's original settlements during humanity's exodus from Earth.

But Pleiti's faith in her life's work as a scholar of the past has grown precarious, and this new case threatens to further destabilize her dreams for humanity's future, as well as her own.
Imprint:   St Martins/Tor
Country of Publication:   United States
Volume:   2
Dimensions:   Height: 217mm,  Width: 145mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   338g
ISBN:   9781250906793
ISBN 10:   1250906792
Series:   Investigations of Mossa and Pleiti
Pages:   224
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Malka Older is an author, a humanitarian, a sociopunk, and a practitioner of speculative resistance and evidence-based creativity. Her political science fiction thriller Infomocracy was named one of the best books of 2016 by Kirkus Reviews, Book Riot, and The Washington Post, and with its sequels, Null States and State Tectonics, was a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Series. Her new series of mysteries set on a gas giant planet, begins with the acclaimed The Mimicking of Known Successes and continues with The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles. She has also written numerous serials, short stories, poetry, and essays, and published the collection ...And Other Disasters. She is a faculty associate at Arizona State University, where she teaches on predictive fictions and hosts the Science Fiction Sparkle Salon. Her opinions can be found in The New York Times, The Nation, Foreign Policy, and NBC THINK, among other places.

Reviews for The Imposition of Unnecessary Obstacles

"""My favorite detective couple since Holmes and Watson.""--SciFi Mind ""Brilliant on all counts.""--First Clue Praise for The Mimicking of Known Successes ""Every once in a while, a book comes along that is both a comfort read and a rousing, fist-pumping adventure, and The Mimicking of Known Successes absolutely is both of those things. An utter triumph.""--Charlie Jane Anders ""Older has created a wonderfully sci-fi take on the gaslamp mystery. Add in the wry depiction of academia and the warmly authentic portrayal of a relationship in the process of rekindling, and this is exactly my kind of story!""--Freya Marske ""A magnificently imaginative setting, a nicely developed and satisfyingly resolved mystery, a beautifully understated central romance, and a lot of thought-provoking ideas make this an immensely satisfying read [that] does more at novella length than many books manage in three times as much.""--K. J. Charles ""Malka Older has created a far-flung speculative winner that is as much hard science fiction as it is gritty xenobiological noir, with characters you want to see get closer. . .to the possible killer and each other. I am absolutely in love with this world and these characters.""--Fran Wilde ""Malka Older's The Mimicking of Known Successes mixes Holmesian mystery, Sapphic romance, petty academic politics, and post-apocalyptic speculative ecology into a delightful and unexpected concoction. The perfect book to curl up with when the wind is howling outside, even if it's only a Terran blizzard rather than a Jovian superstorm.""--Ruthanna Emrys ""It's hard to pull off a novel that attempts to have equal footing in two genres--never mind three--and typically one of the genres ends up taking on a minor role . . . but The Mimicking of Known Successes, a work of speculative fiction, a traditional mystery, and a romance, is a walloping success.""--First Clue, starred review ""This quiet yet compelling whodunit will attract fans of Becky Chambers or Connie Willis.""--Booklist (starred review) ""Older packs a punch in this slim volume, delivering a romantic sci-fi mystery replete with ruminations on environmentalism and the importance of adapting to change. . . . Combining an old-timey aesthetic and a powerful message, this sapphic genre bender is a treat.""--Publishers Weekly, starred review ""Reading this novella was an absolute delight . . . I can imagine further stories set in this world; if I'm very lucky, they will feature Mossa and Pleiti.""--Locus ""Recommended for readers who enjoy a bit of mystery mixed with their SF . . . and anyone who cannot resist a Sherlock Holmes pastiche.""--Library Journal"

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