Revealing E. Catherine Tobler’s The Necessity of Stars

We’re thrilled to share the cover for The Necessity of Stars, a work of ecological science fiction from author E. Catherine Tobler. The Necessity of Stars is part of Neon Hemlock’s 2021 Novella Series, publishing July 20th.

Plagued by the creeping loss of her memory, diplomat Bréone Hemmerli continues to negotiate peace in an increasingly climate-devastated world, ensconced in the UN-owned estate Irislands alongside her longtime friend and companion Delphine.

The appearance of the alien Tura in the shadows of Bréone’s garden raises new questions about the world’s decline.  Perhaps, together, Tura and Bréone will find a way forward… if only Bréone can remember it.

Cover art by Marcela Bolívar; Design by Dave Ring

Since 2000, E. Catherine Tobler has sold more than 120 science fiction and fantasy short stories to markets such as Apex, Lightspeed, Fantasy, and Interzone. Her Clarkesworld story, “To See the Other (Whole Against the Sky)” was a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. She has published seven novels with small press markets, and co-edited the fantasy anthology Sword & Sonnet, which was on the Ditmar, Aurealis, and World Fantasy award ballots. In 2019, her thirteen year run as editor at Shimmer Magazine made her a Hugo and World Fantasy finalist. In June 2020, her first short fiction collection, The Grand Tour, was published with Apex Book Company.


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