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Author: Catherynne M. Valente Narrator: Heath Miller Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9781681689173
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A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented-something to cheer up everyone who was left and bring the shattered worlds together in the spirit of peace, unity, and understanding.

Once every cycle, the civilizations gather for Galactivision—part gladiatorial contest, part beauty pageant, part concert extravaganza, and part continuation of the wars of the past. Instead of competing in orbital combat, the powerful species that survived face off in a competition of song, dance, or whatever can be physically performed in an intergalactic talent show. The stakes are high for this new game, and everyone is forced to compete.

This year, though, humankind has discovered the enormous universe. And while they expected to discover a grand drama of diplomacy, gunships, wormholes, and stoic councils of aliens, they have instead found glitter, lipstick, and electric guitars. Mankind will not get to fight for its destiny—they must sing.

A band of human musicians, dancers, and roadies have been chosen to represent Earth on the greatest stage in the galaxy. And the fate of their species lies in their ability to rock.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Heath Miller narrates a story that is equal parts scathing social commentary and hilarious send-up of music competitions…Miller shines as the sarcastic and sardonic narrator who guides listeners through the byzantine galactic history that led to this confusing state of affairs. He also does an outstanding job creating a range of convincing alien personas, as well as bringing the human characters to life…Those who enjoy intelligent satire will be richly rewarded. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “As if Ziggy Stardust went on a blind date with The Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, then they got smashed and sang karaoke all night long.”

    John Scalzi, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A wildly comical and cheerfully absurd galactic adventure.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Channeling the giants of sci-fi satire and glam rock into a brilliantly over-the-top burlesque, it’s a novel only Catherynne Valente could write.”

    B&N SciFi & Fantasy Blog

  • “It’s all big ideas written in glitter. It’s surprising tenderness on a galactic scale. It’s about loneliness and nerdliness and acceptance and making fun of the old, frowsy powers that be. Valente offers up a universe in which the only thing of true value is rhythm. Not guns, not bombs, not money, not power, but sex and love and pop songs.”

    NPR

  • “The funniest science fiction novel I’ve read since Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy."

    Verge

  • “Valente has pulled off another spectacular feat of world building (it’s worth reading just for the descriptions of previous performances) and a story which is uproariously funny, sweet, and hopeful.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Top Cat | 12/29/2018

    " If Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, David Bowie, and Freddie Mercury sat down to play poker with a bottle of absinthe they would have the love child known as Catherynne M. Valente and in honor of her quad-parentage she would write Space Opera. She did. And it is perfect. "

About the Author

Catherynne M. Valente is an acclaimed author of fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and poetry. She has been nominated for the Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Locus Award, World Fantasy Award, and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. She made her children’s book debut with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making.

About the Narrator

Heath Miller is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator.