Future Treaures: Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters by Aimee Ogden

Future Treaures: Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters by Aimee Ogden

Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters (Tor.com, February 23, 2021). Cover art by Chase Stone

Tor.com has a full slate of Winter and Spring releases in the pipeline, including new novellas from Martha Wells, Nnedi Okorafor, P. Djèlí Clark, Daryl Gregory, Django Wexler, Aliette de Bodard, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Sylvain Neuvel, and lots more.

But the one I’m most looking forward to is Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters by Aimee Ogden, a space opera retelling of The Little Mermaid. You gotta admit, that twists your head around just a little. Here’s a snippet from the appreciative review at Publishers Weekly.

Poetic as myth, but studded with spaceships, gene-modification technology, and alien species, Ogden’s debut delivers an emotionally mature if occasionally labored reimagining of The Little Mermaid. Atuale’s husband, Saaravel, is dying of the disease that’s ravaging their community, while Atuale, the Greatclan Lord’s daughter who left the ocean for land, is immune to the sickness. It’s up to her to save her husband and his people, but to do so she must join forces with her former lover, the World-Witch Yanja, as they travel the galaxy looking for a cure. With this slim space opera, Ogden delves deep into Atuale’s psyche, probing her love for both Saaravel and Yanja, her longing for adventure, and her desire for motherhood… Fans of feminist fairy tale retellings and thoughtful speculative fiction will appreciate Atuale’s quest.

Sun Daughters, Sea Daughters will be released by Tor.com on February 23, 2021. It is 110 pages, priced at $13.99 in trade paperback and $3.99 in digital formats. The cover is by Chase Stone.

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