Upright Women Wanted: Announcing a New Sarah Gailey Novella

“That girl’s got more wrong notions than a barn owl’s got mean looks.”

Esther is a stowaway. She’s hidden herself away in the Librarian’s book wagon in an attempt to escape the marriage her father has arranged for her—a marriage to the man who was previously engaged to her best friend. Her best friend who she was in love with. Her best friend who was just executed for possession of resistance propaganda. The future American Southwest is full of bandits, fascists, and queer librarian spies on horseback trying to do the right thing.

Tor.com Publishing is pleased to announce that acquiring editor Justin Landon and Sarah Gailey are reuniting with Upright Women Wanted, a dystopian scifi western about love, resistance, and revolution. (No hippos this time, we think.)

Said the author:

I am beyond excited to get the gang back together for Upright Women Wanted. Working with Justin Landon on River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow was a rare privilege, and I cannot overstate how thrilled I am to get to work with him and with Tor.com again. This novella will bring an explicitly antifascist, near-future story of queer identity to the pulp western landscape I love writing. If there’s anyone I want at the helm of a project as wild as this one, it’s Justin and the Tor.com team!

Hugo and Campbell award finalist Sarah Gailey is an internationally published writer of fiction and nonfiction. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and they are a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes & Noble. Their most recent fiction credits include Mothership Zeta, Fireside Fiction, and the Speculative Bookshop Anthology. Their debut novella duology, River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow, was published in 2017 via Tor.com Publishing. They have a novel forthcoming from Tor Books in Spring 2019. Gailey lives in beautiful Portland, Oregon, with their two scrappy dogs. You can find links to their work at www.sarahgailey.com; find them on social media @gaileyfrey.


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