Silently and Very Fast

Silently and Very Fast by Catherine Morgan Valente

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Fantastist Catherynne M. Valente takes on the folklore of artificial intelligence in this brand new, original novella of technology, identity, and an uncertain mechanized future. Neva is dreaming. But she is not alone. A mysterious machine entity called Elefsis haunts her and the members of her family, back through the generations to her great-great grandmother-a gifted computer programmer who changed the world. Together Neva and Elefsis navigate their history and their future, an uneasy, unwilling symbiote. But what they discover in their dreamworld might change them forever ...

2011 Nebula Award Nominee for Best Novella 2012 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novella

[i]First published 2011[/i]

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Catherine Morgan Valente

A book by Catherine Morgan Valente

Catherynne Morgan Valente is an American writer, poet and literary critic. Real name: Bethany Thomas (Bethany Thomas) Born in Seattle on May 5, 1979 and lived there until the age of 13, after which she moved to California and, according to her own words, managed to live in several famous West Coast cities, whose names begin with "C" : Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Louis Obispo and San Diego. She has three younger brothers and a younger sister. After graduating from high school at 15, she went on to study at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Edinburgh, earning a BA in Classical Philology with a focus on Ancient Greek Linguistics. She lived for two years in Japan, three years in Cleveland, two years in Virginia, and also for some time in Chicago and Melbourne (Australia). She managed to work as a professional fortune teller, telemarketer, tutor, librarian, waitress, bartender, actress and statistician. She published her first story entitled “...

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Catherynne Morgan Valente is an American writer, poet and literary critic. Real name: Bethany Thomas (Bethany Thomas) Born in Seattle on May 5, 1979 and lived there until the age of 13, after which she moved to California and, according to her own words, managed to live in several famous West Coast cities, whose names begin with "C" : Seattle, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Louis Obispo and San Diego. She has three younger brothers and a younger sister. After graduating from high school at 15, she went on to study at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Edinburgh, earning a BA in Classical Philology with a focus on Ancient Greek Linguistics. She lived for two years in Japan, three years in Cleveland, two years in Virginia, and also for some time in Chicago and Melbourne (Australia). She managed to work as a professional fortune teller, telemarketer, tutor, librarian, waitress, bartender, actress and statistician. She published her first story entitled “The Labyrinth” in 2004. Currently she is a professional writer, conducts creative tours, and takes part in conventions. Collaborated with singer and songwriter C.J. Tucker. Inspired by Valente`s novel Orphan`s Tales: In the Garden at Night, Tucker recorded the album For the Girl in the Garden and the songs "Girl in the Garden" and "Ship of the Monsters" as the official music score for this works. Valente and Tucker also composed the siren song "Going to the Bottom" and, together with K. Wiley, performed excerpts from the novel at various conventions. Subsequently, the collaboration continued as part of the work on the album "Solace & Sorrow", which is the musical accompaniment to the novel "Orphan`s Tales: In the Cities of Coins and Spices". She has won various awards for her novels, including the James Tiptree, André Norton, and the Fantasy Mythopoetic Prize. The stories have featured in Clarkesworld magazine, the Salon Fantastique anthologies by Ellen Dutlow and Terry Windling, and Mystic Cities by Catherine Sedia, the World Fantasy Prize winners, and in numerous Best of the Year issues. Critical articles have appeared in the International Journal of the Humanities and various collections of essays under the name Bethany L. Thomas.  Catherynne M. Valente - author of the Orphans` Tales series and The Labyrinth, Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams, The Grass-Cutting Sword, and four volumes of poetry: Music of a Proto-Suicide, Apocrypha, Inanna`s Descent (The Descent of Inanna), The Oracles. Valente was nominated for the Pushcart Prize and in 2006 received the Tiptree Award. Currently resides on an islet off the coast of Maine with her husband, “two dogs, two huge friendly cats and one not so huge and not so friendly, five chickens, a red accordion, an unfinished master`s thesis, a room full of yarn, a spinning wheel and hidden motives, a pantry with jam and pickles, a whole shelf of folk tales, an industrial lantern, an Oxford English dictionary and a digital subscriber line. "  Wikipedia Author`s site (English)