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The Art of Space Travel and Other Stories

Nina Allan


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A beautifully inventive collection from multi award-winning author Nina Allan. These stories will enthral fans of China Mieville, Aliya Whiteley and Carmen Maria Machado.

A stunningly inventive collection from multi award-winning author, Nina Allan. Unsettling, dark and brilliantly astute, these weird and wonderful tales take us on journeys through time and space to explore enduring questions of memory and loss. Her worlds are recognisably our own but always closer to the edge, on the slant – and sharply unexpected. These stories are an unmissable insight into a writer at the top of her game.

Praise For The Art of Space Travel and Other Stories

Praise for The Art of Space Travel and Other Stories:

"Nina Allan is a writer of rare talent. The Art of Space Travel addresses life’s biggest questions with such delicacy and tenderness that you won’t fear staring into the abyss." - Alma Katsu, author of The Hunger and The Deep

"Nina Allan is a great writer of the fantastic, here to remind us how weird it is to be alive. Her stories have a quiet urgency to them; they are moving and gripping and wholly themselves. Their strangeness helps us make sense of our own. This is a rare collection, to read, to ponder, to treasure." - Francesco Dimitri, author of The Book of Hidden Things

"I’m in awe of Nina Allan’s storytelling. Each richly detailed tale hints at a far wider world, and many contain stories with stories, realities within realities, warping genre boundaries yet retaining a focus on entirely believable characters and, often, the contemplation of loss. Put simply, these are some of the best modern short stories I’ve read." - Tim Major, author of Hope Island

"One of the most able SF talents in science fiction." - The Times

"Like Allan’s other tales, it has tendrils extending well beyond its borders, and we come away from The Art of Space Travel with the odd but exhilarating feeling that we’ve encountered a lot more stories than the 14 listed in the table of contents, as impressive as those are." - Locus 

Praise for Nina Allan:

"A captivating exploration of community, tragedy and memory. Nina Allan's writing is enthralling". - Irenosen Okojie, on The Good Neighbours

"A fantastic book" - Andrew O'Hagan, on The Dollmaker

"Her literary sensibility fuses the fantastic and the mundane to great effect" - The Guardian, on The Dollmaker

"A subversive writer…playing with both the familiar protocols of genre and with the nature of the reading experience itself" - Locus, on The Rift

"Brilliantly ambiguous" -, on The Rift

"One of the best books published this year in any genre" - Strange Horizons, on The Rift

Titan Books, 9781789091755, 480pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 2021

About the Author

Nina Allan's debut novel The Race was shortlisted for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, the BSFA Award and the Kitschies Red Tentacle. Her follow-up The Rift won the BSFA Award and the Kitschies Red Tentacle. She has won the BSFA Award for Short Fiction, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire, and the Aeon Award. She has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award four times and was a finalist for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award. She blogs at