Moons of Palmares


A re-release of the 1998 sci fi novel.

Design by Annie Rose Shapero, Future History Press
Design by Annie Rose Shapero, Future History Press
“Adopting the literary device of writing slave narrative to preserve the memory of insurrection, Amadahy follows notable speculative fiction authors including Ishmael Reed, Samuel Delany and Octavia Butler … No only is it filled with the spirit of survivance, it’s a wonderful read.”  Grace L. Dillon, Anishinabe Literary Scholar and author of Walking in the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction.
Original cover from 1998, Sister Vision Press
Original cover from 1998, Sister Vision Press
About Moons of Palmares

It’s an unfortunate but timeless story: the struggle for sovereignty against colonization.  In this unchanged re-release of the original 1998 novel, an ensemble of characters resist the Consortium and their Peacekeeping protectors in an effort to stop the destructive mining of quilidon, the galaxy’s most valuable resource.

Idealistic, Earth-born Major Leith Eaglefeather believes he’s on Palmares to protect its citizens, as well as its quilidon mines, from the shadowy rebels called the Kituhwa. But after a few weeks on the beautiful, unspoiled violet planet, he’s beginning to realize there’s another side to the story. The so-called Peacekeeping Forces are behaving more like an occupying army. Are Eaglefeather’s superiors hiding the truth? And can he really trust Zaria, the lovely but contentious local dancer whom he’s enlisted as a spy?

Zaria Aquene has her own agenda. The new Major’s infatuation with her is strategically useful — but what if he finds out she’s a double agent? If she must, will she have the nerve to kill for her planet’s survival? What if the person she must kill has become her friend?


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What People Have Said About “Moons”

“The Moons of Palmares [reveals] the strong connections between indigenous and black histories, narratives and ways of living. Indigenous futurism is indebted to Afrofuturism: Both forms of futurism explore spaces and times outside the control of colonial powers and white supremacy.” Lindsay Catherine Cornum in The Space NDN’s Star Map

“There are  nuances  – not all of the military and government people are bad, not all of the rebels are good, and there’s plenty of thought about how to hold an ethical revolution.”  Hypatia’s My Life in Books: How to Hold a Revolution.

“Amadahy specifically addresses the environmental, economic and political inequities that continue into an ostensibly postcolonial era.  The tensions between utopian and dystopian impulses in the novel suggest methods of political and artistic resistance to neocolonialism in contemporary global culture.” Dr. Judith Legatt, Critiquing Economic and Environmental Colonization: Globalization and Science Fiction in The Moons of Palmares

Judith’s full essay can be found in:


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