A tale of massacres, madness and mathematics in deep space – and a stunning debut.
Kel Cheris, a disgraced captain of the Hexarchate, is given the opportunity to redeem herself by recapturing the formidable Fortress of Scattered Needles.
Given command of a fleet and dispatched to take care of the heresy that has gripped the Fortress, Cheris requests – and receives – a single devastating weapon from the Hexarchate’s arsenal: the revived, near-immortal traitor general Shuos Jedao.
If anyone can overcome the fortress, it’s Jedao. Feared throughout the stars and undefeated in battle, he is the perfect weapon. But Jedao is gripped by a madness that saw him massacre two armies in his first life – one of them his own. Preserved for his brilliance and tamed by his handlers, no one knows how long his good behaviour will last.
Unleashed from captivity, the mass murderer must work with Cheris to destroy the heresy – and save the Hexarchate...
Ninefox Gambit, the bravura opening instalment of Yoon Ha Lee’s The Machineries of Empire trilogy, is a tale of massacres, madness and mathematics in deep space.
Praise for Ninefox Gambit
‘Beautiful, brutal and full of the kind of off-hand inventiveness that the best SF trades in, Ninefox Gambit is an effortlessly accomplished SF novel. Yoon Ha Lee has arrived in spectacular fashion.’ - Alastair Reynolds
‘A striking space opera by a bright new talent.’
- Elizabeth Bear
‘Starship Troopers meets Apocalypse Now – and they’ve put Kurtz in charge... Mind-blistering military space opera. An unmissable debut.’ - Steven Baxter
‘Origami elegant, fox-sly, defiantly and ferociously new, this book will burn your brain. Axiomatically brilliant. Heretically good.’ - Seth Dickinson
About the author
Yoon Ha Lee is a writer from Houston, Texas, whose work has appeared in Clarkesworld, Lightspeed and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. He has published over forty short stories, and his critically acclaimed collection Conservation of Shadows was released in 2013. He lives in Louisiana with his family and an extremely lazy cat, and has not yet been eaten by gators.