John W. Campbell and Compton Crook award-winning author Ada Palmer presents a political science fiction epic of extraordinary audacity in the Terra Ignota series.
In a utopian future, the leaders of the great Hives, nations without fixed locations, have kept the world stable, at the cost of just a little blood. A few secret murders, mathematically planned. So that no faction can ever dominate, and the balance holds. Mycroft Canner and Carlyle Foster are aware of this conspiracy—as well as the secret that could end it: Bridger, the child who can bring inanimate objects to life.
“Palmer proves that the boundaries of science fiction can be pushed and the history and the future can be married together.”—Publishers Weekly (on Seven Surrenders)
Ada Palmer is a professor in the history department of the University of Chicago, specializing in Renaissance history and the history of ideas. Her first nonfiction book, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, was published in 2014 by Harvard University Press. She is also a composer of folk and Renaissance-tinged a cappella vocal music on historical themes, most of which she performs with the group Sassafrass. She writes about history for a popular audience at exurbe.com and about SF and fantasy-related matters at Tor.com. Too Like the Lightning is her debut fiction book.