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"Beautifully written... essential reading for anyone interested not only in speculative fiction that plays with gender norms, but also in quality sf in general."   — Booklist (starred review)

2021 Otherwise Award Honor List

Longlisted for the BSFA Award
Locus 2021 Recommended Reading List

The Unraveling


Fift has

  • 3 bodies

  • 9 parents

  • 50 million viewers

  • 1 (?) forbidden love

  • 1 chance to change the world

a far-future tale of family and social unrest

About the author

Benjamin Rosenbaum has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards. He is the author of the short story collection The Ant King and Other Stories, and the Ennie-nominated Jewish historical fantasy tabletop roleplaying game Dream Apart. His stories have been translated into 25 languages.

He is the co-host of the podcast Mohanraj and Rosenbaum Are Humans.

Originally from Arlington, VA, he lives near Basel, Switzerland with his wife and children.

Buy The Unraveling
 In hardcover (or preorder the trade paperback):
Preorder the audiobook (ships January 25, 2022):
If you'd like to review The Unraveling, you can request a review copy via NetGalley or see it on Goodreads.  
Also available in German as Die Auflösungtranslated by Wolfgang Thon

“...the best SF novel I've read from 2021, by some margin.


Locus Reviewer, Anthologist


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Literary agent: John Silbersack at the Bent Agency

The Unraveling is published by Erewhon Books.

Press Contact: Martin Cahill, +1 318-373-9466 ext. 4

Press kit for interviews and media.

Ben's old blog is archived here.

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