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The Principle of Moments

Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson

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Gollancz
30 January 2024
THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER AND FIRST EVER WINNER OF THE FUTURE WORLDS PRIZE

'My favourite kind of grand space opera'

BEN AARONOVITCH

'An audaciously joyous debut full of heart'

NALINI SINGH

'Entertaining as all hell... it gets the vibe of being twelve years old and watching a lightsaber ignite on the big screen'

LOCUS MAGAZINE

'A sprawling space opera fantasy stuffed with familiar tropes'

THE GUARDIAN

'Every page shines with the vigour and passion of youth'

THE FINANCIAL TIMES

6066: In Emperor Thracin's brave new galaxy, humans are not citizens but indentured labourers, working to repay the debt they unwittingly incurred when they settled on Gahraan - a desert planet already owned by the emperor himself. Asha Akindele knows she's just another voiceless cog working the assembly lines that fuel his vast imperial war machine. Her only rebellion: studying stolen aeronautics manuals in the dead of night. But then a cloaked stranger arrives to deliver an impossible message, and her life changes in an instant.

1812: Obi Amadi is done with time-travelling. Never mind the fact he doesn't know how to cure himself of the temporal sickness he caught whilst anchoring his soul to Regency London, the one that unmakes him further with every jump. Or if the prince he loves will ever love him back. Or why his father disappeared. He is done. Until he hears about the ghost of a girl in the British Museum. A girl from another time.

When Obi's path tangles with Asha's and a prophecy awakens in the cold darkness of space, they must voyage through the stars, racing against time, tyranny, and the legacy of three heroes from an ancient religion who may be awakening, reincarnated in ways beyond comprehension.

The Principle of Moments is a centuries-spanning adventure unmissable for fans of the spacefaring found family of Becky Chambers, the magical London of V. E. Schwab, and the epic climate-craft of N. K. Jemisin.

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

'This book! OMG this book was everything I could hope for! A queer love story, a space story, a rebel story and so well written' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'An absolute stonker of a debut... Fantastic world-building, well-rounded characters... I was hooked the whole way through' ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'I absolutely devoured this book! Everything I could possibly want with Star Wars / Doctor Who vibes mixed in with Pride and Prejudice' ⭐&
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Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 232mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 40mm
Weight:   640g
ISBN:   9781473234208
ISBN 10:   1473234204
Pages:   512
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson is a science-fantasy author and co-founder of the organisation Impact of Omission. Winner of the inaugural Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award in 2020, now known as the Future Worlds Prize, her writing is invariably about Black people dismantling space empires, travelling through time, and saving the world - often simultaneously.

Reviews for The Principle of Moments

The Principle of Moments is my favourite kind of grand space opera where anything can happen and usually does at great speed * Ben Aaronovitch, Sunday Times-bestselling author of the Rivers of London series *


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