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Author: Arkady Martine Narrator: Amy Landon Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2019 ISBN: 9781250318954
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Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel A Locus, and Nebula Award nominee for 2019 A Best Book of 2019: Library Journal, Polygon, Den of Geek An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 A Guardian Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Book of 2019 and “Not the Booker Prize” Nominee A Goodreads Biggest SFF Book of 2019 and Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee "A Memory Called Empire perfectly balances action and intrigue with matters of empire and identity. All around brilliant space opera, I absolutely love it."—Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn't an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court. Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan's unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation. A fascinating space opera debut, Arkady Martine's A Memory Called Empire is an interstellar mystery adventure. "The most thrilling ride ever. This book has everything I love."—Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Mesmerizing…it left me utterly dazzled.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Exquisite…a compelling journey with a rich world and fascinating characters.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “An absorbing and sometimes challenging blend of intrigue and anthropological imagination…It is also often quite funny, in a gentle and sneaky way.”

    Locus magazine

  • "[A] gorgeously crafted diplomatic space opera…Readers will eagerly away the planned sequels to this impressive debut.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Politics and personalities blend with an immersive setting and beautiful prose…to offer an exceedingly well-done SF political thriller.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “An elegant and accomplished example of the subgenre of subtle scheming with a background of stars. A delightful read. I couldn’t put it down. Jo Walton, Hugo and Nebula award-winning author of Among Others

  • A taut murder mystery entwined with questions of technological ethics, A Memory Called Empire is also an evocative depiction of foreignness. Martine creates an elaborate and appealing culture against which to play out this story of political intrigue, assimilation, and resistance. Daring, beautiful, immersive, and often profound. Malka Older, author of Infomocracy
  • A Memory Called Empire is a murder mystery wrapped up in a political space opera, and deeply immerses the reader in a unique culture and society. I very much enjoyed it and look forward to what Martine does next. Martha Wells, author of The Murderbot Diaries
  • A Memory Called Empire elevates space opera to poetry—clever, deep, sometimes tragic, sometimes violent, always transcendent poetry that shines like the edge of a knife. Delilah Dawson
  • An intricate, layered tale of empire, personal ambition, political obligations and interstellar intrigue. Vivid and delightfully inventive. Aliette de Bodard, Nebula Award-winning author of the Xuya Universe stories and The House of Binding Thorns
  • A cutting, beautiful, human adventure about cultural exchange, identity, and intrigue. The best SF novel I’ve read in the last five years. Yoon Ha Lee, author of the Machineries of Empire trilogy
  • An exceptional first novel recommended for fans of Cherryh, Leckie, Banks, and Asimov. Elizabeth Bear, author of Hammered

  • Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel
  • A London Guardian Best Book of the Year in Science Fiction & Fantasy
  • An NPR Best Book of 2019
  • A Not the Booker Prize Nominee
  • A Polygon Pick of the Year's Best Books
  • A Library Journal Best Book of 2019
  • Among shortlisted titles for Nebula Awards - Nominee, 2019
  • Among longlisted titles for Best Books of the Year, 2019
  • Among longlisted titles for NPR Best Book of the Year, 2019
  • Among shortlisted titles for Hugo Award - Nominee, 2020
  • Among longlisted titles for Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2019
  • Among shortlisted titles for Locus Awards - Nominee, 2020
  • Winner of Hugo Award - Winner, 2020

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About the Author

Arkady Martine is a speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. Anna Linden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire. Under both names, she writes about border politics, rhetoric, propaganda, and the edges of the world. Arkady grew up in New York City and, after some time in Turkey, Canada, and Sweden, lives in Baltimore with her wife, the author Vivian Shaw.

About the Narrator

Amy Landon, Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a voice artist and classically trained actress with numerous film, television, and off-Broadway stage credits. Her voice can also be heard on many television and radio commercials. She has an easy facility with dialects, which she also coaches and teaches, and she is happy to find her lifelong obsession with books pairing up with her acting and vocal work. Her narration of Texts from Jane Eyre placed as a finalist for the Audie Award for Best Humor Narration in 2016.