Karen Lord
The Galaxy Game

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Set in the world of Lord's acclaimed novel The Best of All Possible Worlds, The Galaxy Game is like its predecessor a galaxy-spanning sci-fi epic that takes the readers to strange new worlds and fascinating new civilizations. But Lord uses this tale of exploration and discovery to also tell a story on a human scale: the coming of age of two young men, Rafi and Ntenman, students at a school for super-human psychic abilities.
But Rafi and Ntenman's journeys soon take them beyond the school, to a society where their special abilities offer them thrilling new opportunities—like learning the 3D-rugby-like sport of wallrunning—but also heart-stopping new risks. For even as Rafi and Ntenman begin building new lives for themselves, the world around them is changing just as dramatically, in ways they could never have imagined . . .    

Praise for Karen Lord's The Galaxy Game:

“[S]ubtle, cerebral novel . . . ” —Publishers Weekly

“World Fantasy Award finalist Lord . . . offers a complex coming-of-age story about negotiating competing loyalties. . . . Lord is at her best describing vividly alien bioformed landscapes and exploring subtle differences among uneasily allied cultures.” —Kirkus

“There is a weight and grace to her prose that put me in mind of pewter jewelery.” —NPR.Org

“This novel is a satisfying exercise in being off-balance, a visceral lesson in how to fall forward and catch yourself in an amazing new place.”
The Seattle Times

“[A] smart science fictional fable as inventive and involving as it is finally vital.” —Tor.com

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)

"Karen Lord's second novel carries deliberate echoes of Ray Bradbury's classic Mars colonisation stories. 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 (UK)

"If you want to see what science fiction is capable of in 2013, you ought to pick up this book . . . This novel is already getting compared to Le Guin and Mieville, but really what Lord has done here is an achievement all her own."

"[A] rewarding, touching and often funny exploration of the forms and functions of human culture. Plus, it has flying monks—a universally improving ingredient!" —SFX Magazine

"[T]here is nothing showy about The Best of All Possible Worlds . . . nothing that demands especial attention in itself. But the ensemble? Utterly astonishing. This is a sweet and gentle and sorrowful novel, written with warmth and wit and wonder. It is beautiful yet blue; tragic, yet true. 2013 may only be a month or so old, but if Karen Lord's sumptuous second effort somehow fails to figure into far-distant discussions about the year's best books, it will have been an incredible period indeed." —Tor.com

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

"[A]n engrossing picaresque quest, a love story, and a moving character study of two very different people coming to understand themselves and empathise with others. In her depiction of plurality, diversification and gender, Lord is on a par with Ursula K Le Guin." —The Guardian

Genre: Science Fiction
Length: 336 pages (US pb)
Publication Date: January 2015 (US pb)

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