Rachel Armstrong’s stunning follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut novel Origamy.
Set in a near-future Venice, Invisible Ecologies tells the story of Po, an ambiguously gendered boy born into a community of ocean gypsies who shares an intimate connection with a nascent sentience emerging within the Po delta: the bioregion upon which the city of Venice is founded. The intrepid pair embark on a series of extraordinary adventures and, as Po starts school, stumble upon the Mayor’s drastic plans to modernise the city and reshape the future of the lagoon and its people.
Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at Newcastle University and a 2010 Senior TED Fellow. A former medical doctor, she now designs experiments that explore the transition between inert and living matter and considers their implications for life beyond our solar system.
What the critics have said about Origamy:
“A magnificent, glittering explosion of a book: a meditation on creation, the poetry of science and the insane beauty of everything. You’re going to need this.” – Warren Ellis
“A whimsical, half-daft, drunken-prose-poem odyssey down alien byways. The closest thing to this book might be Italo Calvino’s Cosmicomics… Armstrong’s panache and brio are unflagging.” – Locus
“The concepts, images, and settings found in this novel could easily power a quartet of more traditionally-arranged works...” – Tor.com
“Armstrong takes us on a whirlwind tour of a universe full of bizarre alien cultures and spectacular astrophysical phenomena.” – Financial Times
“Origamy has got a huge amount packed into a relatively short volume and I’m sure will cause a stir among astonished readers. I’m still dumbfounded now.” – SFcrowsnest
Available as an A5 paperback and a special numbered hardback edition, limited to 100 copies and signed by the author.