Susan Palwick’s Philip K. Dick Award nominated 2019 All Worlds Are Real: Short Fictions is a collection of speculative fiction stories.
Susan Palwick’s 2007 novel Shelter takes us to a future America where:
- “excessive” altruism has been pathologized;
- machine intelligences have joined humanity;
- criminals and the mental ill (then as now overlapping sets) can be mindwiped;
- immortality of a sort is available to those with the money to pay for it;
and where, as always, the people who pay for rich people’s mistakes are never the rich people themselves.
While she had been actively publishing at shorter lengths, Susan Palwick’s 2005 book The Necessary Beggar ended a thirteen year novel publication drought, a return to longer form her fans certainly appreciated. Inexplicably, despite counting myself among those fans, this is the first time I have ever read this novel . Having finally read it, I regret having delayed gratification so long.
No one in Lémabantunk knows why Darroti murdered Mendicant Gallicina; Darroti won’t explain and of course Gallicina cannot. Darroti’s punishment is the harshest the city can exact: exile through a one-way gateway to another universe, to an alien nation calling itself America.