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Contingency Plans

Nominated | Book Awards 2021 | Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)

Contingency Plans

A sickly biologist shuts herself off from the world and its deadly pollutants to research her beloved microbiota in peace - until a chance encounter drives her to venture out into an unliveable Bangalore.

Full Title: Contingency Plans for the Apocalypse and Other Possible Situations

Author: S.B. Divya
Publisher: Hachette India

Award Category: Creative Writing in English (Fiction & Poetry)
About the Book: 

A sickly biologist shuts herself off from the world and its deadly pollutants to research her beloved microbiota in peace - until a chance encounter drives her to venture out into an unliveable Bangalore.

In a dystopian Arizona, a couple performs forbidden life-saving abortions amid the threat of tanks and drones, the strict report of automatic weapons and the spying eyes of neighbours.

A young woman competes in a gruelling challenge, determined to win a place in a world where body modifications equal class and grant people the privilege of transcending gender.

In this collection of 14 layered stories featuring dying cities, undying humans, amorphous bodies, cyborg racers and magic beetles, internationally acclaimed writer and data scientist S.B. Divya treads the line between the present and the future, while exploring the eternal conundrums of identity and love in speculative worlds.


About the Author: 

S.B. Divya is a lover of science, maths and fiction. She enjoys subverting expectations and breaking stereotypes whenever she can. She is the Nebula Award-nominated author of Runtime (2016), and co-editor of Hugo Award-nominated science-fiction podcast Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty (2018). Her short stories have been published in various magazines, including Analog, Uncanny and Tor.com, and her writing also appears in the indie game Rogue Wizards. She holds degrees in computational neuroscience and signal processing, and she worked for twenty years as an electrical engineer before becoming an author.


Review: 

'A thrilling romp through a gleaming cybernetic future that's neither dystopia nor utopia, but embedded in our reality - I wish more science fiction were as exciting and relevant as Runtime' - Ken Liu, Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award winner, and author of The Grace of Kings

'S.B. Divya is a new light on the science fiction scene, a writer with the promise and talent to become one of our genre's stars. Have a read; she's a wonderful storyteller'- Catherine Asaro, Nebula Award winner

'Debut author Divya packs a lot into this novella, leaving the reader wanting more from this complicated, provocative world' - Publishers Weekly

'This science fiction debut is a gripping, thoroughly entertaining, thought-provoking piece.' - Kirkus Reviews

'A fantastic fast read' - SF Bluestocking


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