"Manibo (The Sleepless) ingeniously melds genres in this suspenseful sci-fi mystery set in 2089.... As in the best mysteries, Manibo never allows his plot twists to come at the expense of character development."
"Manibo (The Sleepless) pens a novel full of twists and turns, with broad appeal. Sci-fi, dystopian, and mystery fans will all find something to enjoy, while the posh setting and elite players give an unexpected air of palace intrigue that could rival Game of Thrones."
"A high-stakes sci-fi mystery—Foundation if it were written by Agatha Christie—Escape Velocity is an energetic and unforgettable page-turner, deftly honoring the genres it blends together while feeling vibrant and strikingly relevant. Perfect for fans of noir and thoughtful speculative fiction."
Alex Segura, bestselling author of Secret Identity
"Dancing effortlessly between present and past mysteries, Escape Velocity serves up opulent privilege with deadly secrets. A must-read."
Mur Lafferty, Hugo Award winner and author of Station Eternity
“A murder mystery by way of Karl Marx, Escape Velocity is a spicy thriller about what we all secretly wish would happen to billionaires in space. Victor Manibo has given us a delightful, disturbing gift. I really loved this novel and its exquisitely-drawn cast of villains.”
Annalee Newitz, Lambda Award-winning author of Autonomous
“Searing social commentary, expert worldbuilding, and unforgettable characters . . . Victor Manibo remains one of the most exciting new voices working in fiction today.”
Rob Hart, author of Assassins Anonymous and The Warehouse
“Victor Manibo excels at the kind of extrapolation that makes near-future science fiction so interesting. What happens when being a ‘have’ instead of a ‘have not’ entitles you to not just the Earth's resources, but also those of space? What can money and clout buy, and what can’t be bought? With intrigue, murder, and machinations aplenty, Manibo never lets his characters or his readers off the hook.”
Sarah Pinsker, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of A Song For A New Day and Lost Places
"Manibo is that rare writer who can put a reader out among the stars but keep the focus on human trauma and scandal. Escape Velocity is a scintillating reminder that in space, everyone knows who your sidepiece is."
Meg Elison, winner of the Hugo, Locus, and Philip K. Dick Awards
Awards & Accolades
Apple Books: "2024's Most Anticipated Books, Sci-Fi & Fantasy"
Library Journal: "Signs of Spring, Editors' Picks of the Season"