Saturday, March 5, 2011

New E-books from Aqueduct Press

I'm in Sunnyvale this weekend, for Potlatch, but Tom's still in Seattle and today uploaded new e-book editions to Aqueduct's site. I'm very pleased to announce that among these is a masterpiece from the 1990s, Gwyneth Jones's Aleutian Trilogy:

White Queen

  Winner of the 1991 James Tiptree Jr. Award
  Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee
As White Queen opens, mysterious humanoids arrive on Earth in 2038; apparently telepathic hermaphrodites, they are called Aleutians. The relationship between aliens and humans becomes a metaphor for the relationship between men and women. Johnny Guglioli, exiled as a "petrovirus" victim from the United States, befriends journalist Braemar Wilson and the "woman" Clavel. From Clavel's behaviors, they deduce the insidious invasion, but cannot unriddle what the aliens want. Are they superbeings, candidly offering assistance to a world shaken up by geological and political catastrophes?

North Wind

  BSFA nominee
  Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee
In North Wind, set a hundred years later, the story continues, featuring a quest by both aliens and humans to find the last flowering of human technology. Bella, a crippled Aleutian, and "her" human caretaker, Sydney Carton, share an unusual relationship in a world riven by gender war. Men want to violently eradicate the Aleutians and human collaborators, while the women desire a return to power through a more nurturing society. The aleutian' proposal to level the Himalayas generates violent anti-alien sentiment. While sheltering Bella, Sydney seeks the instantaneous travel device that the legendary Johnnay Guglioli used to reach the Aleutian's starship.

Phoenix Café

Phoenix Café concludes the tale of the Aleutian invasion in a hip, dark, violent novel. Another hundred years on, the Aleutians prepare to leave both Earth and a humanity transformed in strange and sometimes unpleasant ways by two hundred years of alien exploitation. The Aleutians have the space drive. But what has humanity gained or lost, and who will pick up the pieces? This is a novel of politics, economics, sexual identity, and the fate of humanity.

We've added several other new e-book editions to our list, as well: Nicola Griffith's With Her Body, Andrea Hairston's Carl Brandon Parallax Award-winning Mindscape, Gwyneth Jones's The Universe of Things, and L. Timmel Duchamp's The Red Rose Rages (Bleeding).

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