- 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.
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!)
“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
— Fran Wilde, author of Uplifted and the Jewel and her Lapidary
— Rhys Thomas, author of The Unlikely Heroics of Sam Holloway
Features about Goldilocks:
“Future present? How science fiction sees our world in 2050,” Christian Science Monitor, December 31st, 2019.
Translation Rights: Nathaniel Alcaraz-Stapleton @ Headline
Film/TV Rights: Emily Hayward-Whitlock @ The Artists Partnership
Other queries: Juliet Mushens @ Caskie Mushens