“One of sf’s most distinctive voices.” (Locus on Sheri S. Tepper)
“Sheri S. Tepper takes the mental risks that are the lifeblood of science fiction and all imaginative fiction.” (Ursula K. Le Guin on Sheri S. Tepper)
“Her novels are the old-fashioned kind, despite their futuristic settings; the kind that wrap you in their embrace, that take over your life, that make the world disappear.” (Village Voice Literary Supplement on Sheri S. Tepper)
“This lyrical, beautifully written novel transcends the sum of its parts to become a parable of survival and hope in hopeless times.” (The Guardian on THE WATERS RISING)
“Tepper balances pointed criticisms of our era with a calamity that appears to owe far more to Genesis than to science...the writing is slick and crafeully crafted, Xulai has plenty of pluck, and her companions possess a nearly ideal mixture of virtues, flaws, and enthusiasm for redemptive sacrifice.” (Publishers Weekly on THE WATERS RISING)
“The Waters Rising delivers a strong, complex story that poses tough questions and demands a new look at the possibilities of the future.” (Wichita Eagle on THE WATERS RISING)
“Tepper has developed a dependable following with works that have an epic fantasy feel but that ultimately reveal logically consistent scientific trappings. This work is no exception, a successful blend of dying-earth fantasy and wicked-witch fable.” (Booklist on THE WATERS RISING)
“The Waters Rising stands as a thoughtful allegory for environmentalism.” (Iron Mountain Daily News on THE WATERS RISING)
“Tepper . . . excell[s] at world-building and at creating strong and independent characters.” (Publishers Weekly on Sheri S. Tepper)
From the Back Cover
In her thirty-fifth novel—a majestic epic rich with beauty and wonder—science fiction legend Sheri S. Tepper boldly weaves together the storylines of eleven of her previous works, from King's Blood Four (1983) to The Waters Rising (2010).
In Fish Tails, two of Tepper's beloved characters—Abasio the Dyer and his royal wife, Xulai—are traveling through the scattered villages of the sparsely populated land of Tingawa. Accompanied by their young children, they seek to warn everyone of the dire ecological changes that will alter their lives and those of their children for generations to come.
The waters are rising, and will eventually inundate their world. Many of those born in the coming century will resemble their son and daughter—sea children who can live without land. Abasio and Xulai hope to find others interested in adopting their sea-dwelling lifestyle. Because before too long, there will be no other choice. A grand summation of a long and illustrious career, Fish Tails displays the extraordinary powers of invention of one of the great voices in contemporary science fiction. Sweeping in scope and vision, full of insights for our own time, it is a masterpiece of imagination, the capstone to a marvelous oeuvre.