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The Best of All Possible Worlds

(2013)
A novel by

 
 
Karen Lord's debut novel, the multiple-award-winning Redemption in Indigo, announced the appearance of a major new talent - a strong, brilliantly innovative voice fusing Caribbean storytelling traditions and speculative fiction with subversive wit and incisive intellect. Compared by critics to such heavyweights as Nalo Hopkinson, China Miéville, and Ursula K. Le Guin, Lord does indeed belong in such select company - yet, like them, she boldly blazes her own trail.
 
Now Lord returns with a second novel that exceeds the promise of her first. The Best of All Possible Worlds is a stunning science fiction epic that is also a beautifully wrought, deeply moving love story.
 
A proud and reserved alien society finds its homeland destroyed in an unprovoked act of aggression, and the survivors have no choice but to reach out to the indigenous humanoids of their adopted world, to whom they are distantly related. They wish to preserve their cherished way of life but come to discover that in order to preserve their culture, they may have to change it forever.
 
Now a man and a woman from these two clashing societies must work together to save this vanishing race - and end up uncovering ancient mysteries with far-reaching ramifications. As their mission hangs in the balance, this unlikely team - one cool and cerebral, the other fiery and impulsive - just may find in each other their own destinies . . . and a force that transcends all.
 
"This fascinating and thoughtful science fiction novel breaks out of the typical conflict-centered narrative paradigm to examine adaptation, social change, and human relationships. I've not read anything quite like it, which it makes that rare beast: a true original." - Kate Elliot, author of the Crown of Stars series and the Spiritwalker Trilogy

Genre: Science Fiction

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Hardback Editions

February 2013 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel
Author(s): Karen Lord
ISBN: 0-345-53405-0 / 978-0-345-53405-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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January 2013 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Author(s): Karen Lord
ISBN: 1-78087-166-X / 978-1-78087-166-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2014 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Author(s): Karen Lord
ISBN: 1-78087-168-6 / 978-1-78087-168-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
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February 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel
Author(s): Karen Lord
ISBN: 0-345-54934-1 / 978-0-345-54934-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Author(s): Karen Lord
ISBN: 1-78087-165-1 / 978-1-78087-165-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

July 2016 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Author(s): Karen Lord
ISBN: 1-5226-8366-6 / 978-1-5226-8366-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
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February 2013 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Author(s): Karen Lord
Publisher: Audible Studios
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February 2013 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Author(s): Karen Lord
Publisher: Audible Studios
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Kindle Editions

February 2013 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds: A Novel
Author(s): Karen Lord
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


January 2013 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Best of All Possible Worlds
Author(s): Karen Lord
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU