Martine, Arkady

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Pseudonym of US academic and author AnnaLinden Weller (1985-    ) whose doctoral dissertation, "Imagining Pre-Modern Empire: The Letters of Byzantine Imperial Agents Outside the Metropole" (successfully submitted and available 2014), clearly informs her fiction, as does Armenian-Byzantine Frontier: The Cultural Politics of Empire in the Medieval World (2018). She began publishing work of genre interest with "Lace Downstairs" in Abyss and Apex for the 4th Quarter of 2012, and is of specific sf interest for the Teixcalaan sequence beginning with A Memory Called Empire (2019), a Planetary Romance set in a moderately distant future Space Opera galaxy with the action focused on the elaborately bureaucratic, markedly Byzantine central planet of the Teixcalaan Empire (see History in SF). The protagonist, seconded there as ambassador from her native Lsel Station, one of a confederation of Space Habitats, must attempt to navigate the conspiracy-rife intricacies of workings of the Empire, a planet and interstellar domain of Theatre of Memory intricacy (see Memory), where enactions of precedence-dominated protocol are almost insuperably taxing. The protagonist is initially aided by the embedded Aspect (see Avatars) of her dead predecessor; but this "imago" soon malfunctions. Sequels are expected. A Memory Called Empire won the Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Memorial Award for best debut novel. [JC]

AnnaLinden Weller

born New York, 19 April 1985





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