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Skyward Inn

"Whiteley's trademark subtle surrealism shines." -- Publishers Weekly

 

Drink down the brew and dream of a better Earth.

Skyward Inn, within the high walls of the Western Protectorate, is a place of safety, where people come together to tell stories of the time before the war with Qita.

But safety from what? Qita surrendered without complaint when Earth invaded; Innkeepers Jem and Isley, veterans from either side, have regrets but few scars.

Their peace is disturbed when a visitor known to Isley comes to the Inn asking for help, bringing reminders of an unnerving past and triggering an uncertain future.

Did humanity really win the war?

This is Jamaica Inn by way of Jeff Vandermeer, Ursula Le Guin, Angela Carter and Michel Faber, a beautiful story of belonging, identity and regret.

"Intense and consuming writing, constantly challenging expectations." -- Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time

"A story of the future that is an appeal to the present. The best kind of science fiction. A novel of its time, confronting current and terrible misjudgements with which humanity assures its own demise. All made startling by a typical Whiteley strangeness." -- Adam Nevill, author of The Reddening & Wyrd and Other Dereliction

“Visceral and unsettling - I loved it” -- G. V. Anderson, award-winning speculative fiction author

“The absolute best kind of philosophical SF, & indisputable inheritor of Le Guin. Aliya Whiteley forces us to confront difficult ideas, but they are important, and will become even more so. Exactly what SF should do.” -- Marion Womack, author of The Golden Key

"Whiteley [is] one of the most original and provocative voices in contemporary science fiction." -- Nina Allen, author of The Rift

"Clever and touching: a book of cosmic scope but with real characters and a human heart." -- Chris Beckett, author of the award-winning Dark Eden series

"A powerful and surprising examination of colonialism and its unintended consequences. Highly recommended." -- Helen Marshall, author of The Migration


“Whiteley has a penchant for describing the disturbing… a surreal and disquieting post-apocalyptic consideration of the roles we place ourselves in.” -- Barnes and Noble SF&F Blog

Skyward Inn is an experience. Whiteley is a strong voice in speculative fiction and readers will be delighted and unsettled by her novels for years to come.” -- The Nerd Daily

"Whiteley takes the reader on a cryptic journey of trust, identity and knowing your place in the world." -- Starburst Magazine?

"A moving and thought provoking tale, completely unlike anything I’ve read before." -- The Bibliophile Chronicles?

"There are some books that are simply beautiful. And Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley is one of those." -- Libri Draconis

Aliya Whiteley is one of the most exciting talents in the UK. The author of four books of speculative fiction, including the Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlisted The Loosening Skin. Her novels have been shortlisted for many awards, including the Clarke Award, the Shirley Jackson Award and the James Tiptree Jr. Award. She lives in Sussex with her husband and teenage daughter.

“Its triumph lies in the way Whiteley uses the metaphor to examine the tortured process of love and attachment.”

 

– The Guardian on The Loosening Skin

 “A murky delirium of sinuous language and unnerving storytelling that will delight both experienced genre fanatics and literary fiction lovers alike.”
 

– Kirkus Reviews on The Beauty

“Whiteley has a penchant for describing the disturbing… a surreal and disquieting post-apocalyptic consideration of the roles we place ourselves in.”
 

– Barnes and Noble SF&F Blog

“Visceral and unsettling - I loved it” 

– G. V. Anderson, award-winning speculative fiction author ?

"Whiteley [is] one of the most original and provocative voices in contemporary science fiction."

– Nina Allen, author of The Rift

"A story of the future that is an appeal to the present. The best kind of science fiction. A novel of its time, confronting current and terrible misjudgements with which humanity assures its own demise. All made startling by a typical Whiteley strangeness."

– Adam Nevill, author of The Reddening & Wyrd and Other Derelictions

"Intense and consuming writing, constantly challenging expectations." 

– Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning author of Children of Time

“The absolute best kind of philosophical SF, & indisputable inheritor of Le Guin. Aliya Whiteley forces us to confront difficult ideas, but they are important, and will become even more so. Exactly what SF should do.” 

 

– Marion Womack, author of The Golden Key

"Clever and touching: a book of cosmic scope but with real characters and a human heart." 

– Chris Beckett, author of the award-winning Dark Eden series

"A powerful and surprising examination of colonialism and its unintended consequences. Highly recommended."

– Helen Marshall, author of The Migration

"Whiteley's trademark subtle surrealism shines."

– Publishers Weekly

Skyward Inn is an experience. Whiteley is a strong voice in speculative fiction and readers will be delighted and unsettled by her novels for years to come.”

– The Nerd Daily

"Whiteley takes the reader on a cryptic journey of trust, identity and knowing your place in the world." 

– Starburst Magazine?

"A moving and thought provoking tale, completely unlike anything I’ve read before." 

– The Bibliophile Chronicles?

"There are some books that are simply beautiful. And Skyward Inn by Aliya Whiteley is one of those." 

– Libri Draconis