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Junction

Published by Flame Tree Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

"The author’s creativity gambols across the planet along with his characters, and the journey is as much about the weird creatures as it is about the human drama. Readers will enjoy taking a trip to Junction and experiencing some of its bizarre wonders." - Publishers Weekly





When Japanese nature show host Daisuke Matsumori finds himself on an alien world, he hopes to rekindle his passion for his work. Traveling through a newly-discovered wormhole in the Papuan highlands, he joins biologist Anne Houlihan on Junction, a patchwork planet of competing alien ecosystems.

When their exploratory party crashes in the alien wilderness, Daisuke and Anne try to lead bickering soldiers and civilians back to civilization alive. As they trek across one unearthly biome after another and members of the party continue to die, however, Daisuke wonders whether human politics might be more deadly than alien biology. One of his companions might be a murderer.





FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.

Daniel M. Bensen writes alternate history, science fiction, and fantasy – usually with kissing, always with a bibliography. He teaches English in Sofia Bulgaria, where he lives with his wife and daughters in the Balkan Tower of Matriarchy.

"The author’s creativity gambols across the planet along with his characters"

"This novel is high quality science fiction as it used to be, ought to continue to be, and hopefully always will be."

– Nigel Robert Wilson for The British Fantasy Society

"Reading JUNCTION is like diving into a tropical bay."

– Kate Heartfield, author of Armed in Her Fashion and Alice Payne Arrives

"If you like your speculative fiction wild and untamed, Junction is just that and much more."

"Junction is a clever, entertaining, and thoughtful novel."

– SFBook Reviews

"What an enthralling, entertaining, and educating novel!"

– Mallory A. Haws for The Haunted Reading Room Reviews

"Nothing we know can be taken for granted on this world."

– Girl Who Reads

"Science fiction plus contemporary comment plus deep characterization, shades of Star Trek's Prime Directive and of colonial imperialism, contribute to making this such an enthralling novel."

– Reading Divergence

"If you like your speculative fiction wild and untamed, Junction is just that and much more."

– Frank Michaels Errington

"It’s one of the most unique science fiction novel in the last ten years or so. "

– Angelo Benuzzi

"Wow!!! Just WOW!!!"

– Writer's Authority

"The alien biomes are so astounding, unusual, and yet scientifically informed, that I lingered over each one."

– Elana Gomel, author of The Cryptids

"This novel did my nerdy, sci-fi loving heart good!"

– Meradeth Houston, author of An Absence of Light

"...a fantastical world full of wonders and danger."

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