A Darger and Surplus novel
Michael Swanwick – The Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy award-wining author of Stations of the Tide – delivers a stunning "Post Utopian" novel of swashbuckling adventure, dangerous women, and genocidal AIs.
Dancing with Bears follows the adventures of notorious con-men Darger and Surplus: They've lied and cheated their way onto the caravan that is delivering a priceless gift from the Caliph of Baghdad to the Duke of Muscovy. The only thing harder than the journey to Muscovy is their arrival in Muscovy. An audience with the Duke seems impossible to obtain, and Darger and Surplus quickly become entangled in a morass of deceit and revolution.
The only thing more dangerous than the convoluted political web surrounding Darger and Surplus is the gift itself, the Pearls of Byzantium, and Zoesophia, the governess sworn to protect their virtue.
This steam punk-esque adventure explores the great game of espionage and empire building, from the point of view of the worlds most accomplished con-men, Darger and Surplus.
Michael Swanwick (born 1950) is an American science fiction author. Swanwick is one of the most acclaimed science fiction and fantasy short story writers of his generation, having received the Hugo Award for short fiction five times in six years. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Photo: Michael Swanwick at Worldcon 2005 in Glasgow, August 2005. Picture taken by Szymon Sokół. Source: Wikimedia Commons.