Deep Wheel Orcadia, by Harry Josephine Giles

Staff Pick

Lyrical, evocative, and bursting with desire of every shade, Deep Wheel Orcadia finds joy in its utter singularity. It is the first science fiction novel in verse to be written in Orcadian, the minority dialect of the Orkney islands. Though there is a parallel English translation, I found myself reading and re-reading each page in order to better admire the author's masterful turns of phrase in both languages. The novel is set on a distant space station with a close-knit community struggling to hold on to their traditional way of life in the face of irrepressible change. A young woman's return from art school on Mars in search of inspiration coincides with strange hauntings and intergenerational anxieties aboard the station, all of it familiar to anyone who has come home after a journey to find themselves different from when they left.


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ISBN: 9781529066609
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Published: Picador UK - October 14th, 2021