Padma Mehta has to save her city, her planet, and Occupied Space from a devastating crop-killing plague — all before Happy Hour.
Labor organizer Padma Mehta is on the edge of space and the edge of burnout. She’s supposed to recruit 500 people to the Union, but she’s thirty-three short. When a small-time scam artist tells her about forty people ready to tumble down the space elevator to break free from her old bosses, Padma checks it out.
Of course, it’s all lies: the forty people are really six, and they’re really corporate espionage agents. Their missions: stop a plant disease that could wipe out all the industrial sugarcane in Occupied Space, even if it means sterilizing the planet from orbit. Padma has to fight her way through the city’s warehouses, sewage plants, and up the elevator itself to save her job, her planet, and her sanity. Then maybe she can finally have a drink.
WINDSWEPT has been nominated for the 2016 Philip K. Dick Award! Read more about it here.
The two-fisted labor-organizing adventures of Padma Mehta continue in LIKE A BOSS.
Critical Praise for Windswept
“Like all the best speculative fiction set in the future, Windswept is also about the way we live now, and Adam Rakunas tackles what matters most with a metric ton of humor and heart. A promising, thrilling debut.”
– Robert Levy, author of The Glittering World
“Lush and exotic, Rakunas’s Windswept is like the booze that powers his world: a delightful cask aged añejo rum that keeps revealing greater complexity and depth the more time you spend with it. I didn’t realize I had been lacking rum-running space opera in my life, but after Windswept, I definitely have a thirst for more.”
– Mark Teppo, author of Earth Thirst and co-author of The Mongoliad
“Adam Rakunas is one funny SOB, and now everyone’s going to know it. Windswept is a zippy, zany ride, with more fast turns than a Wild Mouse rollercoaster. There’s more witty banter and laughs per page than anything I’ve read in years, making this, my friends, the rarest kind of science-fiction-comedy novel: one that’s actually funny. Buckle the hell up.”
– Daryl Gregory, award-winning author of Afterparty and We Are All Completely Fine
“Windswept is a classic noir story shot full of space-rum and rocketed into the future.”
– Seattle Review of Books
“The book was a very fun thrill ride through a future that looks like no other I’ve ever seen. A worthy debut, and I shall watch for future works from Mr. Rakunas.”
– Manhattan Review of Books
“Gloriously entertaining and inventive.”
– Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog
“This melange of fast-paced action, character study, social study and witty dialogue makes up a thoroughly enjoyable narrative treat.”
– SF and F Reviews
“This grunge world science fiction adventure is one of the best debut SF adventure novels Your Humble Reviewers have read recently.”
– Bull Spec
“The world building was fantastic and characters so well developed as to be defined by their short comings. Padma is gritty, stubborn and a bit slutty. She drives the novel hard, with constant movement through a world built on the byproducts of sugar cane. The societal structures that involve Freeborn and “Breaches” and the clashes that ensue with the corporate structures is entertaining in its complexity. The story line begins to become steeped in mystery, deceit and betrayal while being rendered with humor in all the right places.”
– Koeur’s Book Reviews
“Seriously, this book is just plain funny. Even so, it manages to present an interesting perspective on politics, consumerism, and unionizations. So if you want to read about Co-Ops, giant crab attacks, sewer chases, and the inadvisability of copying techniques from the movies, Windswept is definitely worth a look.” 4/5 stars.
“Windswept is a fast-paced action thriller that delivers multiple twists and turns and an unrelenting pace. Padma is a tough, no-nonsense heroine, among a cast of interesting and diverse women (which is, sadly, still rare enough to be delightful). It’s a perfect rum-fuelled thrill ride.”
– Astounding Yarns
“It’s very rare for a book to grab my attention on the first page, then proceeds to drag me through a fast-paced, action packed SF romp. The book is irreverent and zany and I heartily recommend picking it up.”
– Ted Mahsun
“Part action-adventure, part space opera, part farce, Windswept follows Padma, Jilly and the escapees through complicated legal, company-vs-union conflict and violent struggles in a post-diaspora-heading-towards-collapse science fiction universe. Recommended forStar Trek fans who loved stories like ‘The Bell Riots’.”
– Dark Matter Zine
“Windswept fuses edge of your seat action with thought provoking speculation – a perfect blend for an unforgettable science fiction read.”
– The Mutt Cafe
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