Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Novel

Tobias S. Buckell

Tor Books




The Benevolent Satrapy rule an empire of forty-eight worlds, linked by thousands of wormholes strung throughout the galaxy. Human beings, while technically "free," mostly skulk around the fringes of the Satrapy, struggling to get by. The secretive alien Satraps tightly restrict the technological development of the species under their control. Entire worlds have been placed under interdiction, cut off from the rest of the universe.

Descended from the islanders of lost Earth, the Ragamuffins are pirates and smugglers, plying the lonely spaceways around a dead wormhole. For years, the Satraps have tolerated the Raga, but no longer. Now they have embarked on a campaign of extermination, determined to wipe out the unruly humans once and for all.

But one runaway woman may complicate their plans. Combat enabled, Nashara is more machine than flesh, and she carries inside her a doomsday weapon that could reduce the entire galaxy to chaos. A hunted fugitive, she just wants to get home before she's forced to destroy civilization---and herself.

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Nebula Awards - Nominee, Prometheus Award Nominee


Chapter One

It had been three hundred and fifty-seven years, three months, and four days since the emancipation of humanity. And for most, it did them little good.

Nashara walked down the dusty road of Pitt's Cross...


Praise for Ragamuffin

“All in all, Ragamuffin is a winner.” —San Jose Mercury News

“Buckell represents an important force behind the genre's change. Buckell's work deals with complex racial issues in a way worthy of the self-proclaimed ‘literature of ideas': head-on, with no visible flinching, while still managing to give its readers a rollicking good time.” —The Seattle Times on Ragamuffin

Ragamuffin establishes the author as a signature voice of Afro-Caribbean speculative fiction.” —Library Journal

“Buckell plays with Caribbean and Aztec cultures, bending their exotic flavor to technology-flavored ends. . . . A lot of fun.” —Publishers Weekly on Ragamuffin

“First-class space adventure, with tip-top characterization, action, and world-building. May Buckell enjoy a long, productive career.” —Booklist on Ragamuffin

“Full of wild-eyed action, feats of bravery, exotic beings, and odd ways of thought, startling uses of technology, and bold manifestos on freedom. I expect this is not the last we'll be seeing of these ‘duppy conquerors.'” —Sci Fi Weekly (Grade A) on Ragamuffin

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About the author

Tobias S. Buckell

Tobias S. Buckell is the author of Halo: The Cole Protocol, Sly Mongoose and Crystal Rain. His books have been finalists for the Nebula Award, the Prometheus Award, and the Romantic Times Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. He hails from the Caribbean, where as a child he lived on boats in Grenada and the British and U.S. Virgin Islands. When he was a teenager, his family moved to Ohio after a series of hurricanes destroyed the boat they were living on, and he attended Bluffton University in Bluffton, Ohio, where he still lives today. Buckell fell in love with science fiction at a young age, reading Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov novels when he was seven years old. He is now a full-time author and freelancer.

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