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The Summer Thieves

A Novel of the Quinary

Paul Di Filippo



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Night Shade Books
28 September 2021
A masterful, witty, picaresque science fiction adventure story evoking the styles of Gene Wolfe and Jack Vance, The Summer Thieves is the first novel in the new Quinary series by noted author and reviewer Paul Di Filippo.

He chased his dreams of the ideal summer across a galaxy of thieves . . .

Far in the glorious interstellar future, a time of riches and complex technologies, the stern but utilitarian Quinary guards and regulates the flourishing human-colonized galaxy. Under their business-like rule, a family may own a whole planet. And so two bloodlines-the Corvivios clan and the Soldavere clan-are in full possession of the lush and benign world of Verano. The youngest members of each family-Johrun Corvivios and Minka Soldavere-are slated to wed. All looks rosy for the joint family enterprises.

But then the happy future is dramatically and tragically overturned! Circumstances separate the lovers and rob them of their places in the galaxy, and Johrun must undertake a desperate quest across the stars to reclaim his birthright. At first aided only by his devoted chimeric helper, the canny Lutramella, Johrun will face a thousand deadly challenges, from malign magicians to haughty outlaws.

As his character is matured in fire, his dedication to Verano and his determination to return increase, and his group of friends and allies becomes stronger . . . but will the precious Summer Planet, and his bride-to-be, even be the same when-and if-he returns?
Imprint:   Night Shade Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 139mm, 
ISBN:   9781949102512
ISBN 10:   1949102513
Pages:   288
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul Di Filippo sold his first story at the tender age of twenty-three. Since then, he's sold over 200 more, afterwards collected, along with his many novels, into nearly fifty books. He lives in Providence, Rhode Island, in the shadow of H. P. Lovecraft, with his partner Deborah Newton, and a cocker spaniel named Moxie. He hopes to explore the worlds of the Quinary in more detail in future novels.

Reviews for The Summer Thieves: A Novel of the Quinary

Delightful, with lashings of glorious, quirky detail and a plot which barely stops galloping until the final, glorious resolution. . . . I haven't enjoyed a science fiction story as much in years! --Michael Moorcock, author of Elric of Melnibone Paul Di Filippo's The Summer Thieves is a pure delight, a peak in his epic career. . . .The language is at the level of Pynchon or Nabokov, with frequent sentences taking on the clarity and balance of a koan. The reading flows with an almost boneless, sinuous grace of movement. And our man's erudition yields passages with the pleasing intricacy of encrusted Faberge eggs. . . . Paul knows everything. One might well worship him as a god, were it not that 'the Fifth Postulate of Wetnoodle mandates otherwise.' Read The Summer Thieves. --Rudy Rucker, author of The Ware Tetralogy

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