Light From Uncommon Stars (Paperback)

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Staff Reviews


If I could put one novel in your hands right now, this is the one. Mix Star Trek vibes with Good Omens style, but up the dose of found family sweetness, and make it so SO queer and trans and full of clementines and violins and donuts and music and women and spaceships. This book is unspeakably lovely and wholesome without shying away from the darker parts of human (and extraterrestrial) experience. I would follow LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS to the end of the universe.

— Anna S

October 2021 Indie Next List


“This book has it all: a music teacher who sold her soul, a family of alien refugees who run a donut shop, and a trans violinist who changes everything. It cracks open the heart of what it means to exist in the universe.”
— Katherine Nazzaro, Porter Square Books, Cambridge, MA

About the Author


RYKA AOKI (she/her) is a poet, composer, teacher, and novelist whose books include He Mele a Hilo and two Lambda Award finalists, Seasonal Velocities and Why Dust Shall Never Settle Upon This Soul. Ryka’s work has appeared or been recognized in publications including Vogue, Elle, Bustle, Autostraddle, PopSugar, and Buzzfeed. Her poetry was featured at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, and she was honored by the California State Senate for “extraordinary commitment to the visibility and well-being of Transgender people.”
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250789082
Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: August 9th, 2022
Pages: 384
Language: English