Short Fuse Publishing


San Francisco Book Festival Award Winner
Nominated for 2 Lambda Literary Awards
CBC Bookie Award Nominee
London Book Festival Honorable Mention
A Best Overlooked Book of the Year by The Advocate
#3 Best Book of the Year in SF/F/H by Publishers Weekly

Part District 9. Part Lost in Translation. Part Stranger in a Strange Land.

Kalp is a widower, burdened with an unimaginable grief, who escaped his dying world with nothing but his own life and a half-finished toy for a child that will now never be born.

Gwen is a language expert covertly recruited for a United Nations plan to integrate a ship-full of alien refugees into life on earth. She becomes Kalp’s teammate and lifeline.

Basil is the engineer who lives with, and loves them, both but has no idea how to defend his new relationship against the ire and condemnation of a violently intolerant world.

TRIPTYCH is a poignant, character-driven science-fiction story about tolerance, love, loss, and a desperate attempt to find connection in a world that no longer makes sense.

“Time travel, aliens, and the politics of sexuality combine with tragic violence in Frey’s deeply satisfying debut . . . The story is so well-grounded in the characters that it never once loses its course. Frey tells the story from varying points of view in distinct voices, imagining a world at once completely alien and utterly human.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“A stirring adventure, as well as a tender love story, from a first time author who truly embraces the limitless possibilities the future may bring. JM Frey’s TRIPTYCH satisfies any sci-fi reader looking for a different take on the first contact motif, or anyone looking to explore the possible evolution of human sexuality and love.” — Lambda Literary