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The Principle of Moments

The Principle of Moments

by Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson

Publisher Gollancz

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6066: In Emperor Thracin's brave new galaxy, humans are not citizens but indentured labourers, working to repay the debt they unwittingly incurred when they settled on Gahraan - a desert planet already owned by the emperor himself. Asha Akindele knows she's just another voiceless cog working the assembly lines that fuel his vast imperial war machine. Her only rebellion: studying stolen aeronautics manuals in the dead of night. But then a cloaked stranger arrives to deliver an impossible message, and her life changes in an instant. 1812: Obi Amadi is done with time-travelling. Never mind the fact he doesn't know how to cure himself of the temporal sickness he caught whilst anchoring his soul to Regency London, the one that unmakes him further with every jump. Or if the prince he loves will ever love him back. Or why his father disappeared. He is done. Until he hears about the ghost of a girl in the British Museum. A girl from another time. When Obi's path tangles with Asha's and a prophecy awakens in the cold darkness of space, they must voyage through the stars, racing against time, tyranny, and the legacy of three heroes from an ancient religion who may be awakening, reincarnated in ways beyond comprehension. A love letter to Black readers of science-fantasy, The Principle of Moments is a symphonic, centuries-spanning adventure - unmissable for fans of the spacefaring found family of Becky Chambers, the alternate London of V. E. Schwab, and the virtuosic climate-craft of N. K. Jemisin.

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Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson

Esmie is a science-fantasy writer, who spent much of her childhood reading on sunny Australian beaches, before moving to London, where she swapped the sunshine for grey skies, and the beach for the window seat of her grandmother’s creaky old house.

Esmie was the inaugural winner of the Future World's Prize in 2020, winning with the manuscript for The Principle of Moments, which is now her debut novel. The same manuscript was also shortlisted for the 2018 Penguin WriteNow scheme.

Esmie is also co-founder of Impact of Omission, an organisation dedicated to decolonising the UK’s compulsory curriculum, that has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, The Times and The Huffington Post, as well as discussed live on ITV news. She also appeared in the Channel 4 documentary "Where's My History?" created by Premier-League footballer Troy Deeney.

She also holds a BA in English Literature and Classical Studies—a degree that allowed her to write essays on Disney villains, read ridiculous amounts of Ancient Greek Lyric poetry, and argue about postcolonial readings of canonical texts all in the same week.

When she isn’t writing about Black kids dismantling space empires or travelling through time, she can probably be found re-watching Treasure Planet, or campaigning for a copy of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse to replace the Mona Lisa in the Louvre.

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