Science fiction is filled with tales that pit humanity against the natural world: earthquakes, meteor strikes, Sharknados. While some of those stories are birthed from abstract (or entirely made-up) fears, others are inspired by specific occurrences—comets, catastrophes, and climate events.
This month the io9 Book Club is reading Karen Lord's new novel, The Best of All Possible Worlds, which just came out this month! (Yes, there is a digital version.) We'll be meeting to discuss the book here on io9 on March 5th, and we're hoping that Lord will join us for a discussion later that week.
Karen Lord's new novel starts out with a horrific act of genocide. Sadira, the homeworld of the Sadiri race, is completely wiped out, with countless Sadiri dead. The remaining Sadiri, living on other planets, struggle with preserving their culture and keeping their race alive in some form. With that sort of set-up,…