Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach
Available in trade paperback and ebook from Tor.com Publishing, March 2018
Edited by Ellen Datlow
Discover a shifting history of adventure as humanity clashes over whether to repair their ruined planet or luxuriate in a less tainted past.
In 2267, Earth has just begun to recover from worldwide ecological disasters. Minh is part of the generation that first moved back up to the surface of the Earth to reclaim humanity’s ancestral habitat. She’s spent her entire life restoring river ecosystems, but lately Minh’s kind of long-term restoration projects have stalled due to the invention of time travel. When she gets the opportunity take a team to 2000 BC to survey the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, she jumps at the chance to uncover the secrets of the shadowy think tank that controls time travel technology.
Praise for Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach
“Robson, who has garnered major award nominations in a career of only a few years, builds both her future and ancient worlds with convincing detail for such a short novel, populating them with characters who are believable and engrossing, even when they have tentacles. It’s likely to be one of the most impressive debut novels of the year.” – Gary K. Wolfe, CHICAGO TRIBUNE (link)
“If the mark of a good book is that regardless of length, it leaves you panting for more, then Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach is one of the greats. … Sci-fi fans and non-sci-fi fans alike should pick up a copy of Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach. There’s enough wicked cool tech to satisfy hard SF geeks, character development to please SF dilettantes, and fantastic storytelling to enamor everyone else.” – Alex Brown, TOR.COM (link)
“The sheer richness of invention in Robson’s story… is close to astonishing, and her conclusion is both surprising and dramatically appropriate. If there had been any doubt that Robson is one of the most accomplished and versatile new writers, Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach should dispel it.” – Gary K. Wolfe, LOCUS
“Rich, nuanced characters, deeply compelling story, and a powerfully conceived world make Gods, Monsters and the Lucky Peach one of the best novellas of recent times, one of the highlight books of 2018, and something to look for on awards ballots come 2019.” – Jonathan Strahan (link)
“An intriguing take on the time travel story, and a rich, believable cast that inhabits it. … Robson creates a nuanced take on how time travel can be used in science fiction beyond the typical “prevent event from happening” trope. Time travel is treated thoughtfully here, with rules and consequences that enrich the novel to the last page. – RT BOOK REVIEWS (link)
“Lucky Peach is a tour de force, with nuanced characters in a masterfully conceived world of stunning, mind-bending eco-tech. Plus, it’s got one of the most believable representations of time travel ever, because it involves government bureaucracy, environmental impact reports, and grant applications. Absolutely brilliant storytelling. I didn’t want it to end.” – Annalee Newitz, co-founder of I09 and author of AUTONOMOUS
“The far future, the distant past. Time travel, bioengineering, office politics — and ecological consulting. How could I not love this?” – Peter Watts, author of BLINDSIGHT and ECHOPRAXIA
“A necessary meditation on the nature of change and the sacrifice required to manifest it, Robson’s novella pulls no punches, spares no rods, and leaves no idea unexamined.” – Madeline Ashby author of COMPANY TOWN