The Best of All Possible Worlds
by Karen Lord
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The Sadiri were once the galaxy’s ruling élite, but now their home planet has been rendered unlivable and most of the population destroyed. The few groups living on other worlds are desperately short of Sadiri women, and their extinction is all but certain.
Civil servant Grace Delarua is assigned to work with Councillor Dllenahkh, a Sadiri, on his mission to visit distant communities, looking for possible mates. Delarua is impulsive, garrulous and fully immersed in the single life; Dllenahkh is controlled, taciturn and responsible for keeping his community together. They both have a lot to learn.
‘Refined, meditative and life-affirming … its exploration of gender politics and ethnology confirms Lord as the natural heiress to Octavia Butler and Ursula Le Guin’ Financial Times.
‘The imagination behind her galaxy and its variation of the human race cannot be faulted’ Sci-Fi Now magazine.
‘A real delight to read’ Fantasy Book Critic.
‘A rewarding, touching and often funny exploration of the forms and functions of human culture’ SFX magazine.
‘A sweet and gentle and sorrowful novel, written with warmth and wit and wonder … sumptuous’ Speculative Scotsman.
‘An episodic quest with a Caribbean-flavoured mix of societies’ Sunday Telegraph.
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