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The Outside

The Outside is a beautiful, stark reclamation of unknowable horror. Hoffman layers thoughtful worldbuilding and rich prose to build a stunning story of power, ambition and personal agency. I couldn’t put The Outside down for fear of what might happen while I was looking away.”
– Sarah Gailey, Hugo Award-winning author of River of Teeth


Humanity’s super-intelligent AI gods brutally punish breaches in reality, as one young scientist discovers, in this intense and brilliant space opera.


File Under: Science Fiction [ False Gods | Angel Inside | Autistic in Space | Here be Monsters ]

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Available on June 4, 2019.
SKU: AR9780857668141

Autistic scientist Yasira Shien has developed a radical new energy drive that could change the future of humanity. But when she activates it, reality warps, destroying the space station and everyone aboard. The AI gods who rule the galaxy declare her work heretical, and Yasira is abducted by their agents. Instead of simply executing her, they offer mercy – if she’ll help them hunt down a bigger target: her own mysterious, vanished mentor. With her homeworld’s fate in the balance, Yasira must choose who to trust: the gods and their ruthless post-human angels, or the rebel scientist whose unorthodox mathematics could turn her world inside out. 

Release Date

2019-06-04

Cover Art Lee Gibbons
Ebook

4th June 2019 | 9780857668141 | epub & mobi | £6.99/$8.99/$10.99

US Print

4th June 2019 | 9780857668134 | Trade Paperback | $12.99/$15.99

UK Print

4th June 2019 | 9780857668134 | Paperback | £8.99

The Outside is a beautiful, stark reclamation of unknowable horror. Hoffman layers thoughtful worldbuilding and rich prose to build a stunning story of power, ambition and personal agency. I couldn’t put The Outside down for fear of what might happen while I was looking away.”
 Sarah Gailey, Hugo Award-winning author of River of Teeth

“The Outside is a fresh and mind-bending mix of cosmic horror and space opera, a compelling story that spans from the deeply personal to the vast mysteries of time and space. Unsettling and gorgeous, this is like nothing I have read before and the book I have been longing for without knowing it.”
 Karin Tidbeck, award-winning author of Amatka and Jagannath

“The Outside is spooky, high-stakes, mind-bending Science Fiction.”
Kelly Robson, Nebula Award-winning author

Praise for Ada Hoffman

“There await wonders and horrors alike, wrapped in delicious prose and unforgettable imagery. And no matter how far into these fantastic and weird worlds we delve, there always remains a solid, comforting sense that we are not alone.”
– A Merc Rustad, Nebula Award finalist and author of So You Want to be a Robot

“Unsettling and unique in equal measure… Reading this collection is like watching a centipede burrow into the center of your palm, knowing it will remain there, under your skin.”
– Bogi Takács, author of Iwunen Interstellar Investigations

ADA HOFFMAN is a Canadian graduate student trying to teach computers to write poetry. Her acclaimed speculative short stories and poems have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov's, Uncanny, and two year's best anthologies. Ada was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome at 13, and is passionate about autistic self-advocacy. She is a former semi-professional soprano, a tabletop gamer and an active LARPer, she lives in southern Ontario with a very polite black cat.

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