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Book It: Swimmers by Marian Womack

About the Author

Marian Womack, author of The Golden Key, was born in Andalusia and educated in the UK. Her debut short story collection, Lost Objects (Luna Press, 2018) was shortlisted for two BSFA awards and one BFS award. She is a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop, and she holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge universities. She writes at the intersection between weird and gothic fiction, and her stories normally deal with strange landscapes, ghostly encounters, or uncanny transformations. Marian lives in Cambridge, at the edge of the Fens, with her husband, their son and two aging Spanish cats. When she is not writing she can be found working as an academic librarian, or editing books and pamphlets in her indie publishing project, Calque Press.

About the Book

After the ravages of global warming, this is place of deep jungles, strange animals, and new taxonomies. Social inequality has ravaged society, now divided into surface dwellers and people who live in the Upper Settlement, a ring perched at the edge of the planet’s atmosphere. Within the surface dwellers, further divisions occur: the techies are old families, connected to the engineer tradition, builders of the Barrier, a huge wall that keeps the plastic-polluted Ocean away. They possess a much higher status than the beanies, their servants.

The novel opens after the Delivery Act has decreed all surface humans are ‘equal’. Narrated by Pearl, a young techie with a thread of shuvani blood, she navigates the complex social hierarchies and monstrous, ever-changing landscape. But a radical attack close to home forces her to question what she knew about herself and the world around her.

A claustrophobic, literary dystopia set in the hot, luscious landscape of Andalusia from the author of The Golden Key.


Author: Marian Womack
Publisher: Titan Books
Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian
ISBN: 9781789094213
Pages: 288
Publication Date: Feb 16, 2021

4 comments on “Book It: Swimmers by Marian Womack

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    Ooh, this sounds interesting! Kind of an eco-thriller vibe, and that cover is pretty cool!

    • Alex

      I know, doesn’t it just? I saw the cover and was like, what? And I love this kind of dystopian SF when done well. Will have to see how it pans out.

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    Fascinating! You mean that even if we get destroyed and have to start all over again, we will still build social hierarchies? Ain’t human nature grand😏

    • Alex

      lol! I know what you mean, Jo, I thought the same thing, are we really such creatures of habit, or is it a case of dystopian authors maybe stuck in a pattern of telling these kinds of stories? Hmm…

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