People appear in City. People disappear from City. And upon both entering and leaving, no one remembers their names.

On the surface of a sphere twenty kilometers in diameter, beneath a sky of swirling blue that offers light without a sun, there lies a city like no other. Hodgepodge personalities eke out something akin to survival, even a meager form of community. But City’s streets have begun to change abruptly, and one individual has left City of his own free will.

A path through frightening chaos leads either to opportunity or the further erosion of City’s bleary existence. A philosopher and a waitress both seek answers, in their own ways and in their own times. Just as their paths diverge, so are they one in the same. For in City, perception itself has the effect of altering reality, and surviving the calamity will depend not so much on what its citizens do, as what they notice.

Schrödinger’s City was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Cygnus Award.

Read if you are interested in…

  • uncertainty applied at macro scale and extrapolated out to human social systems
  • multiple character perspectives
  • stories where disparate details are slowly revealed to be interconnected


There’s a thing Le Guin and Miéville both do where disparate details are slowly revealed to be inter-related. Characters from one part of Earthsea will show up later in a new context. The details of the early half of Embassytown are slowly revealed to form a coherent picture of what was going on. I wanted to do that with a ton of character perspectives and really drive home the point about both human interconnectedness and the ability of what we notice to shape our reality.


ISBN Release Date Status
978-1-62802-021-2 August 1, 2020 in print
978-1-62802-017-5 January 20, 2019 out of print
978-1-38976-733-3 August 4, 2017 out of print
978-1-62802-126-4 August 1, 2015 out of print