The dazzling Catherynne Valente, with Radiance

A decopunk-pulp-science-fiction-alt-history-space-opera from a Hugo/Tiptree/Mythopoeic/Lambda/Andre-Norton/Locus Award-winning author. Got all that? Good.

Thursday, November 12th, 2015, 7 p.m.

Catherynne M. Valente, New York Times bestselling author of the middle grade novel The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making and its sequels, winner of the Hugo, Tiptree, Mythopoeic, Lambda, Andre Norton, and Locus Awards and nominee for the Nebula and World Fantasy Awards, joins Gibson's Bookstore to present a fascinating new adult novel: Radiance.

Radiance is a unique literary gem—a solar system-spanning story of love, exploration, family, loss, quantum physics, and silent film that is told using techniques from classic film, documentaries, advertising, gossip magazines, radio plays, and meta-fictional narrative. Valente describes Radiance as a decopunk-pulp-science-fiction-alt-history-space-opera mystery.

Valente’s lustrous prose style and creative storylines mark her as an exceptional literary author that transcends the fantasy genre. As a poet, Valente’s long prose is very lyrical, vivid, and enchanting as she draws heavily on myth, folklore, and fairytale to craft beautiful one-of-a-kind novels that are works of art in a style that she calls “mythpunk”.

Radiance tells the story of Severin Unck, daughter of a famous film director in a Hollywood Golden Age familiar yet very different from our own. Rebelling against her father’s films of passion, intrigue, and spirits from beyond, Severin starts making documentaries, traveling through space and investigating the levitator cults of Neptune and the lawless saloons of Mars. For this is not our solar system, but one drawn from classic science fiction in which all the planets are inhabited and we travel through space on beautiful rockets. Severin is a realist in a fantastic universe.

But her latest film, which investigates the disappearance of a colony on a watery Venus will be her last. The mystery of Severin is woven together by Valente’s whimsical style—through depictions of films, celebrity gossip columns, advertisements for the products that fuel humanity’s expanse beyond Earth, and more—Valente has put together a poetic and unique tour-de-force.
Aesthetically recalling A Trip to the Moon and House of Leaves, Radiance is a solar system-spanning story of love, exploration, family, loss, quantum physics, and silent film, and will enthrall literary lovers as well as genre fiction fans.
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ISBN: 9780765335296
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Tor Books - October 20th, 2015

Radiance is a decopunk pulp SF alt-history space opera mystery set in a Hollywood-and solar system-very different from our own, from Catherynne M. Valente, the phenomenal talent behind the New York Times bestselling The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.


The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making Cover Image
By Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250010193
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Published: Square Fish - May 8th, 2012

"One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century."—Time magazine on the Fairyland series


The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There Cover Image
By Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250034120
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Published: Square Fish - October 2013

"One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century."—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series


The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two Cover Image
By Catherynne M. Valente, Ana Juan (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781250050618
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Published: Square Fish - March 3rd, 2015

"One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century." —Time magazine on the Fairyland series


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