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A Desolation Called Peace  (Teixcalaan, volume 2)

By Arkady Martine  

31 Mar, 2022

Space Opera That Doesn't Suck

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2021’s A Desolation Called Peace is the second volume in Arkady Martine’s Teixcalaan space opera series. 

Alerted by neighbouring Lsel Station that an unknown alien menace is impinging on human space, the Teixcalaanli investigate. First contact between a force headed by Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus and the aliens establishes five facts: 

  • There are aliens.
  • They are of an unknown type.
  • They appear bent on conquering human worlds.
  • Communication appears to be impossible.
  • They are merciless.

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All Alone in the Moonlight

A Memory Called Empire

By Arkady Martine  

29 Mar, 2019

Space Opera That Doesn't Suck


A Memory Called Empire is Arkady Martine’s debut novel. It is a space opera. 

Lsel Station has spent ages engaged in a careful dance with the Teixcalaanli Empire. It tries to maintain vital trade ties to the vast polity, but avoids becoming so essential as to invite annexation. The empire is a dangerous neighbour, but it protects Lsel from neighboring polities who are even worse. Hence the dance. 

Mahit Dzmare is the latest ambassador to be dispatched by the Stationers to the empire. If she plays her cards badly, she may be the final ambassador to the empire. 

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