A.C. Flory’s two books occupy opposite ends of the huge range of science fiction territory. On one end is her “The Vintage Egg” collection of short stories set in a future that is both terrifying and completely reasonable. Like the best of classic speculative fiction, she’d taken today’s trends and problems (gaming, increased longevity, the climate crisis, etc.) and followed them to extreme, yet logical, conclusions. There is hope for humanity in these taut and haunting tales.

“Vokhtah” is her completely original and completely alien novel set on a planet unlike any other and “peopled” with the most inhuman — and largely inhumane — inhabitants. They are absolutely foreign and absolutely fascinating. Hardcore science fiction readers should flock to “Vokhtah.”