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Yoon Ha Lee’s Debut Science Fiction Novel Ninefox Gambit Released

A fleet of spaceships massing for battle

NineFox Gambit Receiving Strong Recommendations From Other Sci-Fi Authors

If you’re looking for another great sci-fi read, you should consider Ninefox Gambit. The debut science fiction novel from noted short fiction author Yoon Ha LeeNinefox Gambit just hit the bookshelves, and has garnered strong praise from celebrated science fictions authors such as Alistair Reynolds (“Beautiful, brutal and full of the kind of off-hand inventiveness that the best SF trades in, Ninefox Gambit is an effortlessly accomplished SF novel.“) and Stephen Baxter (“Mind-blistering military space opera … An unmissable debut“).

In a recent interview with Civilian Reader, Yoon provided this intriguing premise for the book:

Ninefox Gambit is about a disgraced captain, Kel Cheris, who allies with a brilliant undead tactician, Shuos Jedao, to defend one of her nation’s star fortresses. The good news: Jedao has never lost a battle, and he may be the only one capable of cracking the fortress’s defenses.

The bad news: Jedao once massacred two armies, one of them his own, and if Cheris isn’t careful, she may be next.

Book Cover for Sci-Fi Novel Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee

Book Cover Image Courtesy of Solaris Publishing

The book also features big space battles, magitech weapons like amputation guns, and geese. It’s the first of a trilogy. I’ve already handed in the second book, Raven Stratagem.

In the interview, Yoon also reveals that some of the major influences for the book were Planescape, Warhammer 40K, Legend of the Five Kings, and “a lifetime of reading nonfiction.

If this sounds interesting to you, the publisher, Solaris Books, has provided a preview of the first chapter. And if that sucks you in, you can head over to Amazon to pick up either a physical or Kindle copy of Ninefox Gambit. Also, as Yoon noted in the interview, he’s already turned in the second book in the trilogy, Raven Stratagem. Interestingly, the sequel is listed for pre-order on at least one website with a release date of Jun 13th, 2017, along with what looks like finished artwork for the book. Hopefully, that date sticks, and we don’t have to wait too long to continue enjoying the story.

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