In the Watchful City

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Tom Doherty Associates, Aug 31, 2021 - Fiction - 192 pages

In the Watchful City explores borders, power, diaspora, and transformation in an Asian-inspired mosaic novella that melds the futurism of Lavie Tidhar’s Central Station with the magical wonder of Catherynne M. Valente’s Palimpsest.

The city of Ora uses a complex living network called the Gleaming to surveil its inhabitants and maintain harmony. Anima is one of the cloistered extrasensory humans tasked with watching over Ora's citizens. Although śr world is restricted to what ś can see and experience through the Gleaming, Anima takes pride and comfort in keeping Ora safe from all harm.

All that changes when a mysterious visitor enters the city carrying a cabinet of curiosities from around the world, with a story attached to each item. As Anima’s world expands beyond the borders of Ora to places—and possibilities—ś never before imagined to exist, ś finds śrself asking a question that throws into doubt śr entire purpose: What good is a city if it can’t protect its people?"

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About the author (2021)

S. Qiouyi Lu writes, translates, and edits between two coasts of the Pacific. ∆r work has appeared in several award-winning venues. ∆ edits the magazine Arsenika and runs microverses, a hub for tiny narratives. You can find out more about S. at śr website s.qiouyi.lu or on Twitter @sqiouyilu.

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