One of the most lauded stories of 2015 was Nancy Kress’s Nebula-winning novella Yesterday’s Kin, a story beginning with an evolutionary biologist and a space ship above New York, but at its heart (as with much of the best science fiction) about humanity. We couldn’t be more excited that this summer Kress expands upon her world and characters with the first entry in a new hard science fiction trilogy, Tomorrow’s Kin.
Tomorrow's Kin is the first volume in and all new hard science fiction trilogy by Nancy Kress based on the Nebula Award-winning Yesterday's Kin.
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The aliens have arrived... they've landed their Embassy ship on a platform in New York Harbor, and will only speak with the United Nations. They say that their world is so different from Earth, in terms of gravity and atmosphere, that they cannot leave their ship. The population of Earth has erupted in fear and speculation.
One day Dr. Marianne Jenner, an obscure scientist working with the human genome, receives an invitation that she cannot refuse. The Secret Service arrives at her college to escort her to New York, for she has been invited, along with the Secretary General of the UN and a few other ambassadors, to visit the alien Embassy.
The truth is about to be revealed. Earth’s most elite scientists have ten months to prevent a disaster—and not everyone is willing to wait.
Praise for Tomorrow's Kin
Washington Post Best New Science Fiction for Summer
“Tomorrow’s Kin’s begins in a way that readers of her earlier writing and Sir Arthur C Clarke’s Childhood’s End will recognise—the arrival to Earth of aliens—but then, like the best of Clarke, transcends from this to something new and contemporary.”—SFF World
"A refreshingly original piece of science fiction."—Tor.com
“Kress mixes contemporary issues of isolationism and refugee status with classic SF first-contact tropes, threaded neatly with solid scientific theory and speculation.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A solid, riveting and fast-paced tale.”—RT Book Reviews (5 stars out of 5)
Praise for the Hugo Award-winning Yesterday's Kin
“Kress has proven that she can pack a huge amount of story into a small container, and here the author expertly explores one family’s experience of alien visitation.”—Library Journal
“Sparely constructed and cleverly resolved, Yesterday’s Kin provides everything readers need for an immersive plunge into a frightening, fascinating and inescapable predicament.”—Seattle Times
"Hard Science Fiction is a thing! And Nancy Kress blew this one completely out of the park."—Book Ink Reviews
"If you’re looking for a solid piece of hard SF, this looks like the start of an exciting new series."—Sci-Fi and Fantasy Review
"Skillfully written."—Fantasy Book Cafe
“Nancy Kress delivers one of the strongest stories of the year to date.... As with all of Kress’s work, this is very nicely crafted, with well-paced prose that carries you through the story, complex human characters, a compelling and conflict-driven human story, a clever twist partway through, and an even cleverer twist at the end.”—Gardner Dozois, editor of The Year’s Best Science Fiction series