Doomsday and the Old Lie: Announcing Emily Tesh’s Debut Novel, Some Desperate Glory

Tordotcom Publishing is thrilled to announce that Ruoxi Chen has acquired World Fantasy Award winner Emily Tesh’s debut novel, Some Desperate Glory, pitched as Vorkosigan meets Gideon the Ninth set in a world inspired by Mass Effect, in which Kyr, a young soldier of Gaea Station, trains to avenge the murder of Earth at the hands of an all-powerful, reality-shaping alien weapon before discovering she might have to take everything into her own hands.

The two-book deal, for North American rights, was brokered by Kurestin Armada at Root Literary.

While we live, the enemy shall fear us.

All her life Kyr has trained for the day she can avenge the murder of planet Earth. Raised in the bowels of Gaea Station alongside the last scraps of humanity, she readies herself to face the Wisdom, the all-powerful, reality-shaping weapon that gave the Majoda their victory over humanity.

They are what’s left. They are what must survive. Kyr is one of the best warriors of her generation, the sword of a dead planet. But when Command assigns her brother to certain death and relegates her to the nursery to bear sons until she dies trying, she knows she must take humanity’s revenge into her own hands.

Alongside her brother’s brilliant but seditious friend and a lonely, captive alien, she escapes from everything she’s ever known into a universe far more complicated than she was taught and far more wondrous than she could have imagined.

A thrillingly told queer space opera about the wreckage of war, the family you find, and who you must become when every choice is stripped from you, Some Desperate Glory is award-winning author Emily Tesh’s highly anticipated debut novel.

Said author Emily Tesh:

Some Desperate Glory is the most ambitious book I have ever written. It’s an intensely character-driven story about survival and escape and growth; a story that begins in a very dark place in order to find a way out. The villain of Kyr’s journey is Kyr herself, and I am thrilled to be working again with Ruoxi Chen and Tordotcom Publishing to share her bad adventures with the world.”

Said editor Ruoxi Chen:

“I knew Emily could break hearts in just a few lines from the gentle, lovely melancholy of her Greenhollow novellas, and I knew whatever she wrote next would be extraordinary, but even I wasn’t ready for Kyr, Gaea Station, and the world of Some Desperate Glory. This book is a coming of age story that claws at the parts of you you’d sooner forget. It’s about what empires and systems of war do to the young soldiers in their care, what waste is made of young women—even deadly weapons—who have their choices taken away, the queer joy you must find in a world hostile to it. It also has an astonishingly wholesome alien, a frankly disrespectful ship, and moments of undiluted delight. In the grand tradition of Baru Cormorant and Gideon Nav, Kyr is a protagonist who is the absolute worst. I’d die for her of course. Read this book, and you would too.”

Some Desperate Glory will arrive from Tordotcom Publishing in 2022.


Emily Tesh, a two-time Astounding Award finalist, is the author of the World Fantasy Award-winning Greenhollow Duology, which begins with the novella Silver in the Wood and concludes with Drowned CountrySome Desperate Glory is her first novel.


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