Waiting on Wednesday: Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

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Waiting on Wednesday is a regular feature that spotlights those upcoming, can't-wait-for-them books that are definitely going on my reading list... check out previous Waiting on Wednesday picks here ➤

I love Catherynne M. Valente. I love her beautiful writing. I love her vivid imagination and her interesting mind. Her series The Orphan's Tales is the most magical thing I've ever, ever read. So I'm biased and will always be excited by new work from her. But when that new work is called Space Opera and described as The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over-the-top galactic science fiction spectacle...

And John Scalzi says it's "As if Ziggy Stardust went on a blind date with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, then they got smashed and sang karaoke all night long. Cat Valente is mad and brilliant and no one else would have even thought of this, much less pulled it off."

And Seanan McGuire says, "This glorious glitterball dream of a book is Valente at her best: beguiling, bewitching, and inexplicably demanding.  Are you ready to rock?"

And it has a cute cover with a cheeky little neon-ringed disco ball in place of a planet...

...then my excitement skyrockets to 100 real quick. And can you blame me? I mean, it's ZIGGY FREAKING STARDUST + THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE + GALACTIC SCI-FI SPECTACLE??? Yes, please, thanks.

Space Opera
By Catherynne M. Valente

Space Opera

Catherynne M. Valente

Science Fiction

RELEASE DATE: April 3, 2018
HARDCOVER: 304 pages

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Eurovision in an over-the-top galactic science fiction spectacle from bestselling author Catherynne Valente where sentient races compete for glory in a universe-wide musical contest—where the stakes are as high as the fate of planet Earth.

A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented—something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the civilizations gather for the Metagalactic Grand Prix—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show. The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to compete.

This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing.

A band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock.

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