50 Page Fridays: Karen Lord


Every Friday, we here @ Del Rey Spectra will place a 50 page excerpt of a selected title on Unbound Worlds. Whether it is science fiction, epic fantasy, alternate history, horror, urban fantasy, paranormal, the possibilities are endless.

The Best of All Possible Worlds is Karen Lord’s second novel, a sweeping and unique, epic science fiction story about human relationships and cultural differences, even among alien races. Del Rey Spectra editor Tricia Narwani tells us more about what makes this book so unlike anything else you’ve ever read:

“Here at Del Rey, we are all fans at heart, and like many fans, one of the things we love about science fiction is the “shock of the new”–encountering new worlds and new ideas unlike any we have ever experienced before. This is the experience that Karen Lord delivers in The Best of All Possible Worlds: She uses the tropes of science fiction to say something significant about our world and ourselves.

Lord is an ambitious literary sci-fi writer in the mold of Ursula K. LeGuin and China Mieville. The Best of All Possible Worlds tells the story of an alien race whose home planet was destroyed in a natural disaster and who are fighting to preserve their traditional way of life—it’s a commentary on race and culture and the experience of being human. It’s innovative and intelligent, a science fiction epic inspired by classics like The Martian Chronicles and The Left Hand of Darkness. And it’s also a deeply moving love story, in which two unlikely lovers are brought together by intergalactic tragedy. ”

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Please enjoy this excerpt of THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS by Karen Lord, on sale everywhere February 12th!

THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS by Karen Lord, Excerpt by Random House Publishing Group