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Two time traveling agents from warring futures, working their way through the past to ensure that their future will succeed, begin to exchange letters, seeded through objects in the past… and fall in love.

This Is How You Lose the Time War

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This Is How You Lose the Time War is futurism meets quantum entanglement meets Romeo and Juliet.

Award-winning authors Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone masterfully weave together their distinct voices as two ageless, genderless, and (literally) timeless characters known only as Red and Blue. Two time traveling agents from warring futures, Red and Blue work their way through the past to ensure that their future will succeed and, in the process, begin exchanging notes buried deep in objects found in different timelines. What begins as mocking notes between rival agents gradually evolves into clandestine love letters. Poetically embedded in trees, water, spiders, and MRI machines, these letters—and the book itself—illustrates one universal idea: love transcends all boundaries.

Cowritten by two beloved and award-winning sci-fi writers, This Is How You Lose the Time War is an epic love story spanning time and space.

Plus! Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone shared the process behind writing the book together. Head over to Bookish for the behind the scenes details!

Estimated Ship Date for Winners: June 11th, 2019

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Amal El-Mohtar

Amal El-Mohtar is an award-winning author, editor, and critic. She contributes reviews and literary criticism to NPR. Books and the New York Times. Her short story "Seasons of Glass and Iron" won the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards and was a finalist for the World Fantasy, Sturgeon, Aurora, and Eugie Foster awards. She is the author of The Honey Month, a collection of poetry and prose written to the taste of twenty-eight different kinds of honey. Her fiction has most recently appeared on Tor.com and Uncanny magazine, and in anthologies such as The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales. She is presently pursuing a PhD at Carleton University and teaches Creative Writing at the University of Ottawa.

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Max Gladstone

Max Gladstone is the author of the Hugo-nominated Craft Sequence, which Patrick Rothfuss called “stupefyingly good.” The sixth book, Ruin of Angels, will be released September 2019. Max’s interactive mobile game Choice of the Deathless was nominated for the XYZZY Award, and his critically acclaimed short fiction has appeared on Tor.com and in Uncanny Magazine, and in anthologies such as XO Orpheus: Fifty New Myths and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales. John Crowley described Max as “a true star of twenty first century fantasy.” Max has sung in Carnegie Hall and was once thrown from a horse in Mongolia.

Book Details

Publisher Saga Press
Genre Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Publication Date Jul 16 2019
ISBN 9781534431003

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