2014 James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List
Alana Quick is the best damned sky surgeon in Heliodor City, but repairing starship engines barely pays the bills. When the desperate crew of a cargo vessel stops by her shipyard looking for her spiritually-advanced sister Nova, Alana stows away. Maybe her boldness will land her a long-term gig on the crew. But the Tangled Axon proves to be more than star-watching and plasma coils. The chief engineer thinks he’s a wolf. The pilot fades in and out of existence. The captain is all blond hair, boots, and ego … and Alana can’t keep her eyes off her. But there’s little time for romance: Nova’s in danger and someone will do anything-even destroying planets-to get their hands on her.
"There are badass women running around doing badass things and falling in love with each other and with starships, and I’m totally down with that." -Kameron Hurley, author of The Light Brigade and The Stars Are Legion
"A fun, fast-paced space opera with surprising heft. Its beautifully diverse cast of characters explores intersections of gender and race, class, disability, and polyamory, all while racing to save the universe from certain destruction." -James Tiptree Jr. Literary Award Council
"An intriguing debut that brings characters and relationships all too absent in fiction front and center… BOTTOM LINE: A strongly distinctive and memorable debut novel." -SF Signal