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Angry Robot
30 November 2021
It is your eighteenth birthday and one of your parents must die. You are the one who decides. Who do you pick?

In a dying world, the Offset ceremony has been introduced to counteract and discourage procreation. It is a rule that is simultaneouslyaccepted, celebrated and abhorred. But in this world, survival demands sacrifice so for every birth, there must be a death.

Professor Jac Boltanski is leading Project Salix, a ground-breaking new mission to save the world by replanting radioactive Greenland with genetically-modified willow trees. But things aren't working out and there are discrepancies in the data. Has someone intervened to sabotage her life's work?

In the meantime, her daughter Miri, an anti-natalist, has run away from home. Days before their Offset ceremony where one of her mothers must be sentenced to death, she is brought back against her will following a run-in with the law. Which parent will Miri pick to die- the one she loves, or the one she hates who is working to save the world?
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Original author:   ,
Imprint:   Angry Robot
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
ISBN:   9780857669186
ISBN 10:   0857669184
Pages:   240
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Calder Szewczak is writing duo Natasha C. Calder and Emma Szewczak, who met while studying at Cambridge. Natasha is a graduate of Clarion West 2018 and her work has previously appeared in The Stinging Fly, Lackington's and Curiosities, amongst others. Emma researches contemporary representations of the Holocaust and has published work with T&T Clark and the Paulist Press.

Reviews for The Offset

Thrilling, terrifying and beautifully crafted, The Offset is the perfect science-fiction novel for our times. I devoured it. The Offset could do for environmentalism what Nineteen Eighty-Four did for socialism and Brave New World did for eugenics. It is a bare-knuckle punch to the heart. Calder Szewczak made me suffer - brilliantly. The Offset is a prophetic, urgent, gripping read that throws into question what saving the world really means. The Offset shows how anti-natalism could also take a dystopian turn... even views aimed at reducing suffering can increase it if fanatics seize control. An honest, terrifying and sincere look into our future.


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