Today we’re super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for
Seeds for the Swarm (Sim Kern),
releasing November 1, 2022 from Stelliform Press!
Before we get to the cover, here’s a note from Sim Kern:
I had my first panic attack about climate change in 1999, when I was in the eighth grade, brought on by binge-watching Animal Planet when I was home sick with a fever. My environmental fears made me feel extremely isolated throughout my teenage years from apathetic peers and climate-denying adults. When I became a high school English teacher in the 2010’s, I thought, surely amid this Young Adult publishing boom, there’s got to be some titles centering the climate crisis—but I found precious little. In 2013, I decided to write one myself, and that book eventually became Seeds for the Swarm.
I wrote Rylla McCracken for everyone who’s ever wanted to go to the halls of power, shout at politicians, “Why don’t you do something?” and actually set events in motion that would change the world. This series explores what would happen if a group of passionate, flawed college kids gained the power to remake the world. What kind of beautiful and terrible and necessary messes would they make? And what kind of civilization could we build in the aftermath?
Ready to see?
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Here it is!
Cover designer/artist credit: Isip Xin
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Title of the book: Seeds for the Swarm
Author’s name: Sim Kern
Release date: November 1 2022
Publisher: Stelliform Press
About the Book: Seed for the Swarm
Rylla McCracken dreams of escaping her family’s trailer in the Dust States to go to college, but on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, her mother demands she drop out of school to work for Lockburn chemical refinery instead. When Rylla learns Lockburn is planning to dam the Guadalupe River—the last flowing water in Texas—she defies her mother to protest in the state capital. The protest ends in disaster, but her ensuing viral infamy gains Rylla an acceptance to the mysterious Wingates University.
At Wingates, Rylla befriends a diverse group of students, all working on new technologies to save the planet. Besides mountains of homework, Rylla struggles with guilt for leaving her brother behind in the Dust, where tensions with the Lush States are escalating towards civil war. Succeeding at Wingates seems like Rylla’s best chance to help her family, until she uncovers a terrible secret about the school’s billionaire backers. Now, Rylla and her friends are in a race http://: https://www.stelliform.press/index.php/product/seeds-for-the-swarm-by-sim-kern/against the rich to reclaim the world-altering technology they’ve developed—before it’s too late.
About the Author: Sim Kern
Sim Kern is an environmental journalist and speculative fiction writer, exploring intersections of climate change, queerness, and social justice. You can find links to all their stories at simkern.com and follow them on Twitter @sim_kern, on Instagram @Sim_bookstagrams_badly, and on their YouTube channel.
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