Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters
by Ogden, Aimee






After sparking a war by choosing her land-dwelling love over her Sea-Clan, Atuale tries to save her husband and his people from an incurable plague in this reimagining of The Little Mermaid as a space opera.





Aimee Ogden is an exciting emerging author with more than two dozen short story publications in venues such as Analog, Shimmer, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, and The Dark. Aimee is a former science teacher and software tester; she now writes stories about sad astronauts, angry princesses, and dead gods. She's also the co-editor of Translunar Travelers Lounge, a new speculative fiction magazine devoted to fun, optimistic stories. She lives in Madison. Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters is her debut novella.





*Starred Review* Ogden's debut is a vivid science fiction novella rooted in Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." Decades after the World-Witch, Yanja, used gene-eaters to help Atuale morph her body so she could join her beloved Saareval on land, a plague is devastating the land-dwelling community that has struggled to accept a sea-turned-land creature living in their midst. Reluctantly, Atuale returns to the underwater domes of Yanja to negotiate to find a cure. The two of them must leave their planet to see what can be done, amid tension around their shared romantic past and the complicated deals they have struck. This is a dreamy reinterpretation of a tale that will feel both familiar and utterly alien: Ogden inserts the wide vastness of space travel into a magical classic that is, at its core, about curiosity and exploration, about making a difficult choice between two worlds, and about the sacrifices we are willing to make for love. Sun-Daughters, Sea-Daughters is a short page-turner that feels epic in its world-building craft and the depth of its protagonists. At once a fairy-tale retelling and a lyrical space opera, it straddles many genres to tell one nostalgic yet utterly new story. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.






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