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The City-States Cycle

FICTION

150 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $14.95 (US $14.95) (CA $19.95)

Publication Date: August 2021

ISBN 9781946154576

Rights: WOR

Meerkat Press (Aug 2021)
Meerkat Shorts

Not Yet Published. Estimated release date: August 2021
 

Overview

In New Babylon, leader of the Western alliance of the city-states, armament mogul Kurt Wagner has a secret dream: to build a space station to save mankind

In New Babylon, leader of the Western alliance of the city-states, armament mogul Kurt Wagner has a secret dream: to build a space station to save mankind. Little does he know that he is the target of competing plots involving geopolitics and black magick. In the background, a film director with a political conscience, a bodyguard with a secret mission, a driver with an occult hobby and a talking bird are trying to make sense of their world, hoping to see their wishes come true - which they will, but not in the way they might have expected.

Reviews

Praise for previous works: "Seb Doubinsky is a great writer, both rambunctious and subtle, who can do anything and often does, playing with genres and literary conventions at will. Read his work. Read this book." —Jeff VanderMeer, New York Times-bestselling author of the Southern Reach Trilogy   

"Beneath the entertaining wrapper of science fiction, Missing Signal is a masterfully written work, both provocative and rewarding." —Foreword Reviews  

"The tense, sparse prose of this novella—which explicitly names its inspirations in the aesthetics of Michelangelo Antonioni's 'beautiful emptiness,' William S. Burroughs's theories, and the porn and B-movies of the 1960s and '70s, as well as the tropes of alien encounters in early SF—matches its strong themes of loneliness, paranoia, and the search for identity in a world of deception." —Publishers Weekly  

"Seb Doubinsky's The Invisible is proof positive that often less is more—its chapters neat, sharp tiles in a complex mosaic. It reminded of Simenon and Lem for noir and the politics of a dystopian hierarchy, and reminded of Doubinsky in its brushes with Egyptian mythologies and a weird untethered experience for the reader. Even if this is your first foray into the City-States Cycle, it's as good an entry point as any. Fascinating structure, cool clear prose."—Jeffrey Ford, author of Out Of Body and The Best Of Jeffrey Ford  

"In Seb Doubinsky's dystopian novel The Invisible, politics are the only game in town … Brief, staccato chapters sparkle with surprising twists … Though Georg finally realizes that he's just another bear in the circus, he is content with his role. In the stark novel, life is smothered by a mutually parasitic culture." —Foreword Reviews

Author Biography

Seb Doubinsky is a bilingual writer born in Paris in 1963. His novels, all set in a dystopian universe revolving around competing cities-states, have been published in the UK and in the USA. He currently lives with his family in Aarhus, Denmark, where he teaches at the university.