Variation #3280 of The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez


A mysterious child lands in the care of a solitary woman, changing both of their lives forever in this captivating debut of connection across space and time.

Nia Imani is a woman out of place and outside of time. Decades of travel through the stars are condensed into mere months for her, though the years continue to march steadily onward for everyone she has ever known. Her friends and lovers have aged past her, and all she has left is work. Alone and adrift, she lives for only the next paycheck, until the day she meets a mysterious boy, fallen from the sky.

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“This debut begins almost as a series of vignettes, a strand of longing braiding them loosely and then knotting them together into a world-busting narrative. Jimenez weaves this literary space opera tightly, fully realized characters and their familial bonds (queer love, nonbiological parentage, a motley crew not unlike pirates) holding everything together. They’re never sacrificed for the plot or the world-building, their actions driving the story forward.

Ever ambitious, this imaginative story also explores the depths of Capitalism and the fallibility of genius, of advancement for the sake of advancement. The fact that this book is Jimenez’s debut is awe-inspiring – and I, a person who does not normally read science fiction, will read anything this author creates.”

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Variation #3280 of The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez