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Three-time Hugo Award winner and NYT bestselling author N. K. Jemisin challenges and delights readers with thought-provoking narratives of destruction, rebirth, and redemption that sharply examine modern society in her first collection of short fiction, which includes never-before-seen stories.

"Marvelous and wide-ranging." — Los Angeles Times"Gorgeous" — NPR Books"Breathtakingly imaginative and narratively bold." — Entertainment Weekly

Spirits haunt the flooded streets of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow South must save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story "The City Born Great," a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis's soul.

ISBN-13: 9780316491341

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: Orbit

Publication Date: 11-27-2018

Pages: 416

Product Dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.60(d)

N. K. Jemisin is a Brooklyn author who won the Hugo Award for Best Novel for The Fifth Season, which was also a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. She previously won the Locus Award for her first novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, and her short fiction and novels have been nominated multiple times for Hugo, World Fantasy, Nebula, and RT Reviewers' Choice awards, and shortlisted for the Crawford and the James Tiptree, Jr. awards. She is a science fiction and fantasy reviewer for the New York Times, and you can find her online at

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

The Ones Who Stay and Fight 1

The City Born Great 14

Red Dirt witch 34

L'Alchimista 58

The Effluent Engine 75

Cloud Dragon Skies 113

The Trojan Girl 126

Valedictorian 150

The Storyteller's Replacement 170

The Brides of Heaven 183

The Evaluators 197

Walking Awake 214

The Elevator Dancer 234

Cuisine des Mémoires 238

Stone Hunger 254

On the Banks of the River Lex 280

The Narcomancer 296

Henosis 333

Too Many Yesterdays, Not Enough Tomorrows 341

The You Train 354

Non-Zero Probabilities 362

Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters 373

Acknowledgments 399