The last shuttles to the space colonies are long gone. Wars, famine and plagues rage across the dying Earth. Fleeing the deadly sun, humans migrate farther and farther north. Follow the stories of five very different survivors as they cling to what life is left in a future North.
Margret Helgadottir’s kinetic prose immerses the reader in a future woven from the threads of Nordic history, studded with jewels pillaged from our mythic past.
– Damien Walter, Columnist for The Guardian
Finely observed, beautifully written; Margret Helgadottir’s stories have the chill brightness of new myth. She is a writer to watch.
– Adam Roberts, Professor in Literature at Royal Holloway and award-winning author of Salt, Jack Glass and Bête
“I loved every minute of it.”
(Thea James, The Book Smugglers)
“Imagine J.G. Ballard rewrote The Odyssey.”
“This is a great curl-up-in-a-ball read that will transport you into your own imagination.”
(Mr.Ripley’s Enchanted Books)
““The stripped-down language and huge landscapes link this short novel to the world of epic poetry and saga.”
The Stars Seem So Far Away was released February 14th 2015 from Fox Spirit Books.
The lovely cover is by talented Sarah Anne Langton.
The book was shortlisted to British Fantasy Awards 2016 in the category “Best Collection.”
Guest blog posts, interviews and mentions
- 26.12.2016: Kate Coe – The Discoverability Challenge: the end of 2016
- 08.11.2016: Imyril – Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Additions to Mount TBR
- 31.08.2016: Imyril – Redux: August Distractions
- 02.08.2016: Imyril – Top Ten Tuesday: must buy-books
- 2016: Kate Coe – Books I Recommend
- 31.12.2015: The Book Smugglers – The Book Smugglers’ Top 10 Books of 2015
- 30.12.2015: Juliana Spink Mills – Books? What Books? 2015 Reading Highlights
- 21.12.2015: Strange Charm – Five Icy Winter Reads
- 17.05.2015: Fantasy Cafe – The Leaning Pile of Books
- 06.05.2015: The Skiffy and Fanty Show – The April 2015 Read List: What You Read and Loved
- 29.04.2015: A.C. Wise – An Interview with Margrét Helgadóttir
- 15.03.2015: The Future Fire – Interview: Margrét Helgadóttir
- 02.03.2015: Filling Spaces (D.D. Syrdal) – The Stars Seem So Far Away – Margrét Helgadóttir (interview)
- 23.02.2015: Dwelling in Probabilities : C. Lundoff’s Journal – Guest Blog Post – Author Margret Helgadottir on “The Stars Seem So Far Away”
- 18.09.2016 : Mark Bould
- 27.08.2016 : Imyril
- 11.05.2016 : Kate Coe
- 01.03.2016 : Interzone, issue 263
- 01.02.2016 : Strange Charm
- 04.11.2015 : Our Book Reviews Online (Mary Mayfield)
- 14.09.2015 : Mr Ripley’s Enchanted Books
- 25.08.2015 : Finding Wonderland
- 31.07.2015 : Strange Horizons (Octavia Cade)
- 29.06.2015 : A Fantastical Librarian
- 24.06.2015 : Sleepless Musings of a Well Groomed Moustached Man
- 04.06.2015 : Speculiction
- 21.05.2015 : The British Fantasy Society (Alex Bardy)
- 19.05.2015 : Joanne Hall
- 27.04.2015 : humanitysdarkerside
- 17.04.2015 : The Book Smugglers (Thea James)
- 03.04.2015 : Abyss & Apex Magazine
- 25.03.2015 : E.P. Beaumont
- 23.03.2015 : The Future Fire (Cait Coker)
Find more about the reviews of the book here.