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Rising Tide

Rajan Khanna

290 pp • ISBN 978-1-63388-100-6
Paperback • $17.00
October 2015




Ben Gold has sacrificed his ship to prevent an attack on the hidden island city of Tamoanchan. He and Miranda, the scientist he loves, evade pirates and rescue some old scientist friends of Miranda’s. But when a strange new disease starts affecting people on the island, it seems there’s something sinister afoot. 

Miranda develops a test for the original virus that turned the population of most of North America into little more than beasts called Ferals two generations ago, but it proves ineffective against the new bug. Soon, Miranda falls ill and people start dying. When an invasion hits the island, Ben must leave her side to help repel the attackers.

Can Ben and the people of Tamoanchan fight off the invaders? And even if they do, will it be in time to save themselves from the disease?



Falling Sky grabbed me right away and held me to the last sentence. Khanna’s book is short, but sharp as a hidden knife. It’s a fast ride, scary and twisty-turny, and it also has plenty of airships, zombies, and sarcasm, three of the best things in the world. It’s also very well written—terse but punchy, like Hemingway meets The Walking Dead. Ever since I read it, I’ve been much less comfortable about living on the ground (too exposed!), but it was worth it to spend some time with Ben Gold and the Cherub.’” —TAD WILLIAMS, author of Sleeping Late on Judgement Day: A Bobby Dollar Novel

Falling Sky is a gritty and gripping post-apocalyptic thriller, a noirish blend of Firefly and The Walking Dead—with a dash of Hayao Miyazaki. Welcome aboard the airship Cherub…your next stop: adventure!” —E. C. MYERS, author of Fair Coin

“Fast-paced and fiercely imaginative, Khanna’s debut is a different look at a dystopian future.” 
—MUR LAFFERTY, author of the Shambling Guides series and winner of the 2012 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Rajan Khanna is the author of Falling Sky and a graduate of the 2008 Clarion West Writers Workshop and a member of the New York-based writing group, Altered Fluid. His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming inBeneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer Magazine, GUD, and several anthologies and has received Honorable Mention in the Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror and the Year’s Best Science Fiction. He writes for and his podcast narrations have appeared on sites such as, Lightspeed Magazine, Escape Pod, Podcastle, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Rajan also writes about wine, beer, and spirits He currently lives in New York.