Title Spotlight: Dreaming In Smoke

We thought we’d take the opportunity to celebrate the presence of Tricia Sullivan’s awesome Occupy Me on the 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist, by reminding you that this is not Tricia’s first rodeo!  She was shortlisted in 2011 for Lightborn and 2004 for Maul, and in 1999, the year widely-but-incorrectly referred to as the last year of the 20th century (don’t get me started!), she won with her third novel, Dreaming in Smoke:

Kalypso Deed is a shotgun, riding the interface between the AI Ganesh and human scientists who solve problems through cyber-assisted Dreams. But she’s young and a little careless; she’d rather mix drinks and play jazz. Azamat Marcsson is a colourless statistician: middle-aged, boring, and obsessed with micro-organisms. A first-class nonentity – until one of his Dreams implodes, taking Kalypso with it.

Now Ganesh is crashing, and nothing could be worse. For on the planet T’nane, it is the AI alone that keeps the colonists alive, eking out a grim existence in an environment inimical to human life. To save the colony, Kalypso must persuade Marcsson to finish the Dream that is destroying Ganesh. But Marcsson has gone mad, and T’nane itself has plans for them both that will alter their minds – and their world – for ever.


If you’re looking for Tricia Sullivan’s past shortlisted (or victorious!) novels Maul, and Dreaming in Smoke are available as Gateway eBooks, and Lightborn is published by our good friends at Orbit. And if you’d like to be prepared ahead of the 2017 ceremony, Occupy Me is available from Gollancz as a paperback, eBook and audio download.


You can find more of Tricia Sullivans work via her Author page on the SF Gateway website and read about her in her entry in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.