Things We Saw Today: N.K. Jemisin Shares Details About New Novel The City We Became

Recommended Videos

N.K. Jemisin has a new series coming out and all of a sudden I have the emotional strength to actually finish her last book, because now I know more is coming. Jemisin is one of the most prolific and celebrated authors in sci-fi, and I have eagerly loved waiting for each new thing she’s come out with. Now, we have some information about what’s next. The book is titled The City We Became, and according to the interview and cover reveal with EW, the novel, publishing next spring, is set in Jemisin’s hometown of New York (woot)—but with a twist.

“The city of New York comes to life — literally, as in, the city has developed sentience and an ability to act on its own,” Jemisin teases to EW. “And because there’s a dangerous otherworldly tourist lurking about, trying to supernaturally gentrify the city to death, New York chooses five human champions to fight for it. Problem: they don’t know they’ve been recruited for a magical, interdimensional battle, although they figure it out pretty quickly when possessed toilet stalls attack, backyard pools turn into portals to monsterville, and traffic on the FDR becomes a literal, tentacled, killer.”

The cover was designed by Lauren Panepinto and with images by Arcangel. “I’m delighted with this cover, and the overlapping, comic-book-esque edge blurring that suggests the city is ever-so-slightly off kilter,” Jemisin says. “There are some horrific elements in the story, as implied by the dark, looming bridge and the shadowed streets. A closer look will show bits of the city out of place and proportion — and anyone who’s visited New York knows that for every bit of the city you can see, there’s just as much unseen.”

The City We Became publishes March 24, 2020. Aries season greetings.

(via Tor, image: Laura Hanifin/Edited by me)

  • Writer Rachel Charlene Lewis makes a compelling argument that Queer Eye does occupy a very centrist ground in order to appeal to the most people. (via Bitch Media)
  • Ann Lowe was responsible for crafting one of the most iconic wedding dresses in American History but received very little credit for her work during her lifetime. (WaPo)
  • It’s Professor McConaughey to y’all as the Texan returns home to teach at the University of Texas in Austin. I wonder how many “Alright, alrights” he’s gonna hear in one year. (via CNN)
  • Enjoy some EDH

Are you all ready for the three-day-weekend? It’s fast approaching!

(via Disney)

Want more stories like this? Become a subscriber and support the site!

The Mary Sue has a strict comment policy that forbids, but is not limited to, personal insults toward anyone, hate speech, and trolling.—


The Mary Sue is supported by our audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission. Learn more
related content
Read Article Taylor Swift ‘Tortured Poets Department Anthology’ Tracks Should Have Been the Main Album
taylor swift with her head in her hands and posing for the tortured poets department
Read Article Here’s Why the Watcher Guys Are Apologizing to Fans
Watcher team, Steven Lim, Shane Madej, Ryan Bergara apology
Read Article Ncuti Gatwa, Icon, Has the Perfect Take on Racist ‘Doctor Who’ Fans
Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor in the Doctor Who 2023 Christmas Special
Read Article Anne Hathaway Shares ‘Gross’ Audition Story From What Is Thankfully (Hopefully) ‘a Very Different Time’
A young Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries (2001)
Read Article When Did ILLIT Debut? Answered
K-pop girl group ILLIT
Related Content
Read Article Taylor Swift ‘Tortured Poets Department Anthology’ Tracks Should Have Been the Main Album
taylor swift with her head in her hands and posing for the tortured poets department
Read Article Here’s Why the Watcher Guys Are Apologizing to Fans
Watcher team, Steven Lim, Shane Madej, Ryan Bergara apology
Read Article Ncuti Gatwa, Icon, Has the Perfect Take on Racist ‘Doctor Who’ Fans
Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor in the Doctor Who 2023 Christmas Special
Read Article Anne Hathaway Shares ‘Gross’ Audition Story From What Is Thankfully (Hopefully) ‘a Very Different Time’
A young Anne Hathaway in The Princess Diaries (2001)
Read Article When Did ILLIT Debut? Answered
K-pop girl group ILLIT
Author
Princess Weekes
Princess (she/her-bisexual) is a Brooklyn born Megan Fox truther, who loves Sailor Moon, mythology, and diversity within sci-fi/fantasy. Still lives in Brooklyn with her over 500 Pokémon that she has Eevee trained into a mighty army. Team Zutara forever.