The Secret City (Paperback)

By Carol Emshwiller

Tachyon Publications, 9781892391445, 209pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2007

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The Secret City is a proud enclave carved in stone. Hidden high in a mountain range, it is a worn citadel protecting a lost culture. It harbors a handful of aliens stranded on Earth, waiting for rescue and running out of time. Over years of increasing poverty, an exodus to the human world has become their only chance for survival. The aliens are gradually assimilating not as a discrete culture but as a source of cheap labor.

But the sudden arrival of ill-prepared rescuers will touch off divided loyalties, violent displacement, and star-crossed love. As unlikely human allies are pitted against xenophobic aliens, the stage is set for a final standoff at the Secret City.

About the Author

Carol Emshwiller is a key figure in science fiction's new-wave movement and the author of Carmen Dog, The Mount, Mr. Boots, and The Secret City. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Pushcart Prize as well as the Philip K. Dick and Gallun awards. In 2005, she received the World Fantasy Award for lifetime achievement and the Nebula Award for "I Live With You," the title story of her short-story collection.

Praise For The Secret City

"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." 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