The Best of All Possible Worlds, Paperback Book
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This is a story of hope. Grace Delarua, a civil servant with the government of Cygnus Beta, remembers when the Sadiri arrived on their planet, a galactic hinterland for pioneers and refugees.

This is a story of survival. Dllenahkh, leader of the small group of Sadiri settlers on Cygnus Beta, remembers the cool strong blues and gentle sunlight of his home world.

He also remembers the moment he was told his planet was destroyed.

This is a story of love. Now they must work together to rebuild his decimated population by searching for the last surviving members of his race.

This is a story about finding the best of all possible worlds.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing
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  • Category: Science fiction
  • ISBN: 9781780871684

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Loved the complex optimism of this book. The starting point might be planetary apocalypse and genocide, but this develops into an exploration of the refugees' rebuilding of their society, on a planet that's a refuge for many. Post apocalypse might sound YA, but this is a very adult book. Some terrible things happen and don't get fixed. Some imaginative solutions to some terrible problems clearly haven't worked out. Yet the overall message is one of hope - because some things do work, pretty well. And I loved the way I can see my increasingly diverse family reflected in these pages. Plus a reminder that diversity in SF has a long history, with a lovely nod to Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles stories.