- Publisher: Headline UK: Wildfire Books / Headline US: Orbit
- Available in: Hardbook, paperback, ebook, audio
Despite increasing restrictions on the freedoms of women on Earth, Valerie Black is spearheading the first all-female mission to a planet in the Goldilocks Zone, where conditions are just right for human habitation.
The team is humanity’s last hope for survival, and Valerie has gathered the best women for the mission: an ace pilot who is one of the only astronauts ever to have gone to Mars; a brilliant engineer tasked with keeping the ship fully operational; and an experienced doctor to keep the crew alive. And then there’s Naomi Lovelace, Valerie’s surrogate daughter and the ship’s botanist, who has been waiting her whole life for an opportunity to step out of Valerie’s shadow and make a difference.
The problem is that they’re not the authorized crew, even if Valerie was the one to fully plan the voyage. When their mission is stolen from them, they steal the ship bound for the new planet.
But when things start going wrong on board, Naomi begins to suspect that someone is concealing a terrible secret — and realizes time for life on Earth may be running out faster than they feared . . .
The Martian by way of Handmaid’s Tale. For fans of The Power, Station Eleven & Vox.
Purchase: Forbidden Planet (signed bookplate edition) / Toppings Edinburgh (signed bookplate edition) / Portal Bookshop (signed bookplate edition) / Waterstones (a book to watch for April 2020) / Book Depository / Hive / Foyles / Blackwells / Amazon UK / Amazon US / Bokus / Barnes and Noble / Apple / Kobo / Google / Booktopia /Bookshop
Goldilocks is the April and first selection of the Goldsboro Science Fiction and Fantasy Box! There is an exclusive edition with orange sprayed edges that is numbered and signed. *SOLD OUT*
As ever, you can also get signed versions of any of my books through Transreal Books in Edinburgh. Mike will ship them internationally!
A high-powered, high-concept feminist dystopian thriller – @LR_Lam‘s GOLDILOCKS is The Martian by way of The Handmaid’s Tale. Out on 30th April from @WildfireBks, pre-order your copy here: https://t.co/tQ9t0ep2ZE pic.twitter.com/iieDknlNXa
— Headline Books (@headlinepg) March 24, 2020
Praise for Goldilocks:
“Each member of the crew has a well-developed voice and her own drives and ambitions, which makes the novel increasingly difficult to put down as betrayals and double-crossings play out aboard the claustrophobic ship. The unexpected ending will leave satisfied readers searching for read-alikes in its wake.A slow-burning fire of a novel that begs the reader to keep turning the page.”
— Kirkus (starred review!)
“Smooth prose weaves a tale to support humanity’s survival, along with the shades of gray of scientific decisions. Lam’s (Seven Devils) exciting sf thriller proves intellectual and entertaining for all.”
– Library Journal (starred review!)
“Lam (Seven Devils) makes the personal political in this tense near-future family drama that’s fueled by the climate crisis [. . . ] Lam expertly evokes the claustrophobia of both tight spaces and taut relationships in the evolving struggle between Naomi and Valerie for the soul of the mission. This deeply felt space opera will please those who like their sci-fi to focus more on the characters than the science.”
— Publisher’s Weekly
“The dynamic between Valerie and Naomi drives a lot of the narrative, and their characterizations stand out above the rest. Ultimately hopeful, the majority of the story is grim and thriller-tense, with plenty of twists and turns.”
— ALA Booklist
“The end of our world is well-trod territory for science fiction but Goldilocks tackles it with startling relevance, fusing together our social and political anxieties in a tense, taut adventure with rich characterisation and care. It’s Interstellar’s brain with Handmaid’s Tale’s heart.”
— Chuck Wendig, author of Wanderers
“Goldilocks grabs your attention from the first page and doesn’t let go – a thought-provoking, imaginative call-to-arms featuring brilliant female characters and a terrifying premise.”
— Katie Khan, author of Hold Back the Stars
“A compelling, character-led SF tale. With a perfect balance of beauty, thrills and hope, Goldilocks conjures up the twisty claustrophobia of space-travel, untrustworthy relationships and what we’re doing to the planet.”
— Nick Clark Windo, author of The Feed
Masterful science fiction. An absolutely stunning and compelling story.”
— K.B. Wagers, author of A Pale Light in the Black
“It’s bold and explosive, equal parts heartfelt and harrowing. Lam’s unflinching prose interrogates you, asking what prices you’d be willing to pay for the future of humanity. It’s a book that demands your attention.”
— Alex White, author of A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe
“Goldilocks is an excellent, character led space epic filled with excellent (and well-researched) science, moral ambiguity, and — in place of stereotypes and easy answers — the kind of science fiction that makes me keep reading.”
— Fran Wilde, author of Uplifted and the Jewel and her Lapidary
“A more beautiful than usual piece of SF. Come for the superbly researched escape from a dying planet, stay for the cast of characters and emotional heart.”
— Rhys Thomas, author of The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway
Lam has assembled a fascinating cast of characters, and from the very start the story hooks you in. This would make a great movie with its massive interplanetary scale contrasting with the claustrophobic tension of the Atalanta as the crew of women begin to unravel what is really going on.”
— James Oswald, bestselling author of the Inspector Maclean novels
“Dark and stirring, Goldilocks depicts the slow decay of trust in a race against time.”
— Waterstones (a book to watch for April 2020)
“With the current state of the world, the idea of reading a dystopian novel might not be as appealing as it once was. Yet Laura Lam’s high-concept debut is a book you don’t want to miss [. . .] Goldilocks is a thought-provoking and relevant tale of morality and oppression.”
“If The Martian and The Handmaid’s Tale had a book baby, this feminist environmental sci-fi thriller would be the incredible result.”
— Book Riot
The best worst review:
“Earth is dying, men are awful [ . . . ] the sort of reading-group title that finds most favour among people who get angry on Facebook and once read a Margaret Atwood novel.”
— The Times
Features & Interviews about Goldilocks:
“Future present? How science fiction sees our world in 2050,” Christian Science Monitor.
Forbidden Planet: Q&A with Laura Lam About Goldilocks
Mushens Entertainment blog
Track of Words
Podcasts featuring me & Goldilocks:
Translation Rights: Nathaniel Alcaraz-Stapleton @ Headline
Film/TV Rights: Emily Hayward-Whitlock @ The Artists Partnership
Other queries: Juliet Mushens @ Caskie Mushens