Shi Jin is a rebel, the latest in a long line of those who have challenged the Borderless Empire – and failed. Dropped with a crew of convicts on an uninhabited planet, Shi Jin – and humanity – encounter alien life forms for the first time.
Vylar Kaftan has published about 40 short stories in places such as Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, and Lightspeed. She was nominated for a Nebula in 2011. She’s the founder of FOGcon, a new sf/f literary convention in the San Francisco Bay Area.