From international bestseller Samit Basu, The Jinn-Bot of Shantiport is an exuberant new sci-fi adventure with heart that reads like a mash-up of “Aladdin” and Murderbot—with gloriously chaotic results
Shantiport was supposed to be a gateway to the stars. But the city is sinking, and its colonist rulers aren’t helping anyone but themselves.
Lina, a daughter of failed revolutionaries, has no desire to escape Shantiport. She loves her city and would do anything to save its people. This is, in fact, the plan for her life, made before she was even born.
Her brother, Bador, is a small monkey bot with a big attitude and bigger ambitions. He wants a chance to leave this dead-end planet and explore the universe on his own terms. But that would mean abandoning the family he loves—even if they do take him for granted.
When Shantiport's resident tech billionaire coerces Lina into retrieving a powerful artifact rumored to be able to reshape reality, forces from before their time begin coalescing around the siblings. And when you throw in a piece of sentient, off-world tech with the ability to grant three wishes into the mix… None of the city's powers will know what hit them.
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Tor Publishing Group
On Sale: 10/03/2023 ISBN: 9781250827517
5.38 x 8.25 inches , 416 Pages
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Praise for The Jinn-Bot of Shantiport
“Ridiculously entertaining.”—Kate Elliott, New York Times bestselling author
“‘Aladdin’ like you've never seen it before. Samit Basu deftly weaves a tale that sparkles with the wondrous and wild possibilities of ‘Aladdin’ in space. This is a wild, funny, and exhilarating adventure with a huge heart.”—Tasha Suri, award-winning author of The Jasmine Throne
“Wonderfully entertaining—a heady and creative mix of excellent stories. The best of ‘Aladdin’ and Murderbot meet in Samit's top-tier storyteller's craft. Inventive, with witty dialogue, and utterly fun! All the heart of myths and the explorative commentary of sci-fi are masterfully shaped together in The Jinn-bot of Shantiport.”—USA Today Bestselling Author, R.R. Virdi
“A wildly exuberant mash-up of top-class storytelling, gleeful mockery, and engaging characters we care desperately about. Basu is playing with tropes and messing about with narrative, while at the same time telling a heartfelt story with high stakes and enthralling action. The most fun I have had with SF in ages.”—KJ Charles, author of The Magpie Lord
“An extravagant, expansive, inventive epic of a book, shifting modes deftly to set heroes of lore on a collision course with video game tropes—and I enjoyed every word of the resulting fireworks. Brainy, deeply felt, and entirely brilliant.”—Malka Older, author of The Mimicking of Known Successes
Praise for Samit Basu and The City Inside
“Feels like a lost season of Black Mirror.”—The Washington Post
“Basu's chief strengths as a novelist are character development, lively dialogue and a pleasingly off-kilter sense of humour.”—Vogue India
“An instant classic”—Indra Das, author of The Devourers
“SF at its best—fizzing with ideas, entertaining, revelatory, and humane.” —Zen Cho, author of Black Water Sister
“Each of his novels … is witty and action-packed, bristling with twists and insightful social commentary.”—The Portalist
“A masterclass in smart, human-driven science fiction, told with delectable wit and gorgeous, visually-driven prose.”—Tor.com