Karen Lord
The Best of All Possible Worlds


The Best of All Worlds by Karen LordWhen Grace Delarua, civil servant of the government of Cygnus Beta, is assigned to work with Dllenahkh from the new Sadiri settlement, her routine job suddenly becomes very interesting. Formerly the galaxy’s ruling elite, Dllenahkh and his group of Sadiri refugees are the excess males of a decimated population, desperate in their search for stability, security … and wives. Some people would let the Ministry of Family Planning handle the matchmaking duties, but Dllenahkh, conscientious as ever, decides to track down the descendants of previous Sadiri settlers.

Grace gets swept along on a year of travel and discovery that changes her life completely and challenges the very idea of what it means to be Cygnian or Sadiri. The Best of All Possible Worlds is Grace’s journal, and a story about survival and identity on several levels – individual, familial, national, global, and human.


Praise for Karen Lord's The Best of All Possible Worlds:

Selected, i09's "Can't Miss Books" (2013)
Selected, i09's official February book club pick (2013)
Selected,Romantic Times' Seal of Excellence (2013)

" A vivid, detailed science fiction story with all the trappings of a quality romance, Lord's sophomore novel is not to be missed."—RT Book Reviews

"Lord has crafted a rich, coherent, consistent universe filled with off-world colonies, alien races and the bureaucracies that exist to serve them. ... [A] unique experience that's equal parts Jane Austen and Ray Bradbury."

"Lord explores nuanced issues with a light and thoughtful touch ... this is a rewarding, touching and often funny exploration of the forms and functions of human culture" —SFX

"It's refined, meditative and life-affirming, and its exploration of gender politics and ethnology confirms Lord as the natural heiress to Octavia Butler and Ursula Le Guin." —Financial Times

"If you want to see what science fiction is capable of in 2013, you ought to pick up this book . . . what Lord has done here is an achievement all her own." —io9

"Ms. Lord's thoughtful and engaging novel is a gentle fable that concentrates on human relations." —Wall Street Journal

"Lord skips the clichés but gives SF readers everything they might want in a novel, including elements they may not have known they were missing."
Seattle Times

"Equal parts tragedy and romance, psychic fantasy and soulful SF. . . . Thus, there is nothing showy about The Best of All Possible Worlds . . . nothing that demands especial attention in itself. But the ensemble? Utterly astonishing." —Tor.com

"Lord's own graceful prose, ingratiating characters, and palpable love of SF knit it all together in a satisfyingand adventurousdeparture from expectations." —Locus Magazine

"[A]n unexpectedly superb 2013 title . . . a real delight to read."
Fantasy Book Critic

Praise for Karen Lord's Redemption in Indigo:

Winner, William L. Crawford Award (2011)
Winner, Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature (2011)
Winner, Frank Collymore Literary Award (2008)

“This is one of those literary works of which it can be said that not a word should be changed.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Lord’s debut, a retelling of a Senegalese folktale, packs a great deal of subtly alluring storytelling into this small package.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Adventure, mystery, familial relations, discourse of power, ananse, the
spirit world.” —Kamau Brathwaite, author of Born to Slow Horses

“Drawing on a multicultural mélange of narrative traditions—both oral and written—this Barbadian author surprises. She tap dances across the conventional, using it to make spirited sounds.” —Foreword Review


Length: 320 pp
Genre/Category: Science Fiction

North America English (Random House)
UK & Commonwealth (Jo Fletcher Books/Quercus Publishing)
World French (Panini)
World German (Heyne)
Audio (Audible)

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Karen Lord

Photo Credit: Marlon James

Karen Lord has been a physics teacher, a diplomat, a part-time soldier, and an academic at various times and in various countries. She is now a writer and research consultant in Barbados. Her debut novel, Redemption in Indigo, won the Frank Collymore Literary Award, the William L. Crawford Award, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature, and was nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. Her second novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds, won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Science Fiction novel, and was a finalist for the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.