To be published on 21 October 2019
The Exile Waiting was the first novel by the Hugo and Nebula award-winning novelist Vonda N McIntyre, first published in 1975. It introduces the world that McIntyre later made famous with her multi-award-winning Dreamsnake: a post-apocalyptic world in which Center, an enclosed domed city, is run by slave-owning families who control the planet’s resources, and are strangling the city’s economy with their decadent demands.
This new edition features new cover artwork by Jane Cornwell, which Vonda saw and approved of shortly before her death in early 2019.
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Mischa is a thirteen-year old sneak thief, struggling to support her drug-addict elder brother Chris, and their predatory uncle who uses their telepathic link with their captive younger sister Gemmi to control them. The alien pseudosibs Subone and Subtwo have come to Earth to take over Center’s resources. Subone is attracted by the decadent living on offer and begins to unlink from his sibling’s conditioning. Subtwo is now trapped on Earth, and he has fallen unexpectedly in love with a slave.
When Mischa defends Chris from Subone’s malice, Subtwo hunts her beneath Center’s foundations, and discovers how terrible Center’s cruelty has been to its inhabitants with genetically distorted bodies and minds. They have to rescue them and leave, but how?
The richness of McIntyre’s imagination, her perfect storytelling and the timeless theme of compassion for the weak make The Exile Waiting an outstanding science fiction rediscovery. The introduction is by the science fiction author Una McCormack.
Watch our video, in which we explain how we came to republish this novel, and why it’s so important.