It’s your eighteenth birthday and one of your parents must die. You are the one who decides. Who do you pick?

The Offset by Calder Szewczak will be published on 14 September 2021 by Angry Robot. It is available to pre-order now.

About the book

In a dying world, the Offset ceremony has been introduced to counteract and discourage procreation. It is a rule that is simultaneously accepted, celebrated and abhorred. But in this world, survival demands sacrifice, so for every birth, there must be a death.

Professor Jac Boltanski is leading Project Salix, a ground-breaking new mission to save the world by replanting radioactive Greenland with genetically modified willow trees. But things aren’t working out and there are discrepancies in the data. Has someone intervened to sabotage her life’s work? Meanwhile, her daughter Miri, an anti-natalist, has run away from home. Days before their Offset ceremony where one of her mothers must be sentenced to death, she is brought back against her will following a run-in with the law. Which parent will Miri pick to die: the one she loves, or the one she hates who is working to save the world?

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Praise for The Offset

The Offset could do for environmentalism what Nineteen Eighty-Four did for socialism and Brave New World did for eugenics.” – Ken MacLeod, Prometheus and BSFA Award-winning author of The Corporation Wars series

“Thrilling, terrifying and beautifully crafted, The Offset is the perfect science-fiction novel for our times. I devoured it.” – Angela Saini, author of Inferior

“Calder Szewczak’s The Offset may be a literary first in giving central place to anti-natalism” – David Benatar, author of Better Never to Have Been

The Offset is a prophetic, urgent, gripping read that throws into question what saving the world really means. A tender warning of a book, lest our efforts become as futile as our tragedies.” – Natalia Theodoridou, World Fantasy Award Winner and Nebula Finalist

“An honest, terrifying and sincere look into our future.” – Keren Landsman, Geffen Award-winning author of The Heart of the Circle

The Offset crushed me. This is an expertly – and starkly – written, well-drawn eco-dystopian novel about the ultimate measure of austerity taken in order to save the planet. There’s so much that was done well here: the world, the science, the societal conflict – but to get into the (possibly carnivorous) weeds would distract from soul of this book. It is a bare-knuckle punch to the heart. Calder Szewczak made me suffer – brilliantly.” – Chris Panatier, author of The Phlebotomist

About Calder Szewczak

Calder Szewczak is writing duo Natasha C. Calder and Emma Szewczak. Find out more here.

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