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Podcast Episode 14

A Desolation Called Peace

with Arkady Martine
Hosted by Sean Wilson

A Desolation Called Peace

with Arkady Martine
Hosted by Sean Wilson
Arkady Martine - Photo by Karen Osborne

Don’t miss this conversation with Arkady Martine, the Hugo Award Winning author of the Teixcalaan books, A Memory Called Empire and A Desolation Called Peace . In addition to her work in speculative fiction, she is a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a policy advisor for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, where she works on climate change mitigation, energy grid modernization, and resiliency planning.


In A Desolation Called Peace, an alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options. 


In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass—still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire—face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity. 


Their failure will guarantee millions of deaths in an endless war. Their success might prevent Teixcalaan’s destruction—and allow the empire to continue its rapacious expansion. 


Or it might create something far stranger . . .


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