Sisters of the Vast Black (Our Lady of Endless Worlds #1) (Paperback)

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This is book number 1 in the Our Lady of Endless Worlds series.

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One of my favorite books of all time is Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow, which can be described as "Jesuits in space." So when a friend recommended this novella to me I thought, "Nuns in space? Count me in!" I was not disappointed. There is so much to this little book-- the characters, the story, and a fully realized world that I'd like to revisit some day. I loved it!

— From Kerry M.'s Picks


The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita captain their living ship into the reaches of space in Lina Rather's debut novella, Sisters of the Vast Black.

A Golden Crown Literary Society Award Finalist

Years ago, Old Earth sent forth sisters and brothers into the vast dark of the prodigal colonies armed only with crucifixes and iron faith. Now, the sisters of the Order of Saint Rita are on an interstellar mission of mercy aboard Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, a living, breathing ship which seems determined to develop a will of its own.

When the order receives a distress call from a newly-formed colony, the sisters discover that the bodies and souls in their care—and that of the galactic diaspora—are in danger. And not from void beyond, but from the nascent Central Governance and the Church itself.

About the Author

LINA RATHER is a speculative fiction author from Michigan, now living in Washington, D.C. Her stories have appeared in a variety of publications, including Shimmer, Flash Fiction Online, and Lightspeed. When she isn’t writing, she likes to cook, go hiking, and collect terrible 90s comic books. Sisters of the Vast Black is her first book.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250260253
ISBN-10: 1250260256
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: October 29th, 2019
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: Our Lady of Endless Worlds