The Cosmic Codex
The Cosmic Codex
The thief who could topple an empire

The thief who could topple an empire

Bethany Jacobs wins the 2024 Philip K. Dick Award for "These Burning Stars"
“They are watching” by Brian S. Pauls, 2024; Digital image created using Midjourney

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Science fiction author Bethany Jacobs once taught sf and writing at the college level. Five years ago she left academia for the education technology field so she would have more time to write.

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On March 29, presenters at Norwescon announced Jacobs as the winner of the 2024 Philip K. Dick Award for her first novel, the space opera These Burning Stars.

From the publisher’s website:

A dangerous cat-and-mouse quest for revenge. An empire that spans star systems, built on the bones of a genocide. A carefully hidden secret that could collapse worlds, hunted by three women with secrets of their own. This is an explosive space opera debut from one of the most powerful new voices in science fiction.

On a dusty backwater planet, occasional thief Jun Ironway has gotten her hands on the score of a lifetime: a secret that could raze the Kindom, the ruling power of the galaxy.

A star system away, preternaturally stoic Chono and brilliant hothead Esek— the two most brutal clerics of the Kindom—are tasked with hunting Jun down.

And tracking all three across the stars is a ghost from their shared past known only as Six. But what Six wants is anyone’s guess. It’s a game of manipulation and betrayal that could destroy them all. And they have no choice but to see it through.

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Sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and supported by the Philip K. Dick Trust, the Philip K. Dick Award is “…presented annually…for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States.”

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She currently lives in Buffalo with her wife (and her dog!)

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