Elizabeth Bear

Synopsis of Carnival

In Old Earth's clandestine world of ambassador-spies, Michelangelo Kusanagi-Jones and Vincent Katherinessen were once a starring team. But ever since a disastrous mission, they have been living separate lives in a universe dominated by a ruthless that is about to reunite them.

The pair are dispatched to New Amazonia as diplomatic agents Allegedly, they are to return priceless art. Covertly, they seek to tap its energy supply. But in reality, one has his mind set on treason. And among the extraordinary women of New Amazonia, in a season of festival, betrayal, and disguise, he will find a new ally...and a force beyond any that humans have known....

Reviews of Carnival


Fans of C.J. Cherryh, Liz Williams and Karin Lowachee will find much to admire in this mix of space opera, feminist utopia, spy thriller and yaoi tale. -- Paul Di Filippo,

Elizabeth Bear provides an exciting outer space thriller with a deep message that extreme isms mean lose-lose for the victims and the perpetrators. -- Harriet Klausner's Review Archive