The Secret City
The Secret City
Tachyon Publications, Paperback, 9781892391445, 209pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 2007
Written in a voice that is accessible to both mainstream and genre readers, this gripping tale contains a contemporary political subtext that is packed with humanism, complexity, and subtle humor. This inventive story centers on a mysterious enclave protecting a lost culture, a hidden city in the wilderness where stranded aliens struggle to preserve their fragile society. Hoping for a better life, many have fled the Secret City in favor of trying to survive in the harsh human world; others remain concealed, living out a fading memory in hope of deliverance. When the mythical rescuers suddenly arrive, insisting on an immediate interplanetary return, these very-human aliens discover that neither world is truly their own.
"First and foremost, Emshwiller is a poetwith a poet's sensibility, precision, and magic. She revels in the sheer taste and sound of words, she infuses them with an extraordinary vitality and sense of life." Newsday
"Emshwiller's readers know her to be a major fabulist, a marvelous magical realist, one of the strongest, most complex, most consistently feminist voices in fiction." Ursula K. Le Guin
"Emshwiller's newest novel is a blazing fast read." The Agony Column
"The finesse and grace of Emshwiller. She's a writer of such slantwise sensibilities and such deep perceptions." SciFi.com/Sci Fi Weekly
"Emshwiller has been writing occasionally for 50 years, and a new work is a treat." The Denver Post
"The Secret City is yet another strong late work from one of our treasures." SF Site, featured review
"Damn near perfect . . . touchingly and complexingly so." Asimov's Science Fiction