A series of single author collections by outstanding writers. The Polestar, or North Star, is defined as the brightest star in Ursa Minor; since every author chosen for this series is a star in their own right, Polestars provides the ideal banner under which to unite such exceptional works.
Aliya Whiteley’s fiction has been shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell, BFS, BSFA, Shirley Jackson, James Tiptree Jr and Saboteur awards.
“When I read Whiteley's short stories I think of Japanese netsuke - magnificent miniatures, perfect in every detail. This latest collection stirs echoes of Franz Kafka, Angela Carter, Ursula LeGuin. I don't know any higher praise than that.” – M.R. Carey
A new collection from one of the most exciting voices in genre fiction. Nineteen stories, eleven of them original to this collection, all themed on travel, be it a desperate need to be somewhere else or a burning desire to escape what is left behind.
Drive or be Driven
The Emblem of Daydreams
A Possible Location For Eagles
A Million Moving Parts
Pack Your Coat
Something From the Garden
At Night, The Road
“There are no misfires here; readers will think they’ve hit the standout story of the collection, only to turn the page and find another contender. It’s a marvel.” – Publishers Weekly
Rich Growth: "… keeps the focus on transformation and the lines between people and the natural world. Here gardeners use their own blood and energy to grow vines up to precious gemflowers… and the story explores the grief and freedom that comes along with that.” – Locus
Luisa Opines: "... is a real oddity, part fairy tale, part satirical comment on social/marketing surveys that attempt to mould our preferences… The story is quirky and surreal, and concludes with a great line that signals Luisa’s refusal to accept certainty.” – IZ Digital
“The Artisan’s crew are the Galaxy’s best traders and have come to trade with the giants, a large species of sea creature that has never responded to anything in the past… an unusual tale that kept most of its cards hidden until the end. It was an entertaining story that just managed to keep on the correct side of the confusion/mystery boundary.” – Tangent online reviewing “Cold Trade”
“In 'Wrapped' a female archaeologist discovers the tomb of a queen who ruled ancient Egypt, only to find her own fate mirrored in that of the ancient ruler…. Informed by irony…causing us to marvel at how little some things about the world have changed, particularly as regards the standing of women.” – Peter Tennant