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Kameron Hurley

The Light Brigade

Saga Press 2019

New Books in Arts & LettersNew Books in LiteratureNew Books in Science Fiction January 30, 2020 Rob Wolf

Some war stories emphasize heroism and a higher purpose; others emphasize brutality and disillusionment. The first kind of story got Dietz, the narrator of...

Some war stories emphasize heroism and a higher purpose; others emphasize brutality and disillusionment.

The first kind of story got Dietz, the narrator of Kameron Hurley’s military science fiction novel The Light Brigade (Saga Press, 2019), to enlist in a war against aliens from Mars. The second is the story that emerges from their experience as they learn that truth—and reality itself—are two of the war’s biggest casualties.

Hurley is the author of nine books. She has received numerous awards, including two Hugo Awards, a British Science Fiction Award, and a Locus Award. On this episode of New Books in Science Fiction, she discusses using a mathematician’s help to map her time-jumping plot, working with a hands-on literary agent, and making ends meet as a writer, among other things.


Rob Wolf is the host of New Books in Science Fiction and the author of The Alternate Universe and The Escape.