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Aliette de Bodard's The Tea Master and the Detective -- Nebula Award finalist

The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard

We'd like to offer our congratulations to all of the Nebula Award finalists this year, while highlighting that our own Aliette de Bodard's The Tea Master and the Detective is a finalist in the novella category.

We suspect that many readers will be happy to know that not only is Aliette working on a new Xuya universe novella for us, but that we have her first collection under contract, as well.

The print edition is long sold out, but the ebook is available, of course.

Here's a taste of some of the praise The Tea Master and the Detective has garnered:

From Publishers Weekly:

“…De Bodard constructs a convincingly gritty setting and a pair of unique characters with provocative histories and compelling motivations. The story works as well as both science fiction and murder mystery, exploring a future where pride, guilt, and mercy are not solely the province of humans.”

From Kirkus:

“This futuristic Holmes and Watson story is as compelling as the finely detailed universe in which it unfolds, but the novella's real triumph is that it makes the reader crave more even before setting the stage for further mysteries.”

From The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction:

“The mystery, the world, and the characters are a perfect blend, and I absolutely want more of these two.”


“This is a measured, almost stately story, right up until a conclusion that explodes in fast-paced tension. It preserves the empathy and the intensity of the original Sherlockian stories, while being told in de Bodard’s sharp prose and modern style. The worldbuilding—this novella is set in de Bodard’s Xuya continuity, like On A Red Station, Drifting and The Citadel of Weeping Pearls—sparkles. The characters have presence: they’re individual and compelling. And it ends it a way that recalls the original Holmes and Watson, while being perfectly appropriate to itself.”

From Locus (Gary K. Wolfe):

“As a classical blend of far-future SF and traditional murder mystery, The Tea Master and the Detective should satisfy readers unfamiliar with the Xuya universe, but at the same time it’s an intriguing introduction to that universe, much of which seems to lie just outside the borders of this entertaining tale.”




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