Book Club: Micaiah Johnson On Her Debut Sci Fi Novel, ‘The Space Between Worlds’

This scrappy sci-fi debut is also an allegory about race, class and privilege. Hear Nerdette podcast’s spoiler-free convo with the author.

‘The Space Between Worlds’ is Nerdette’s January Book Club selection. Micaiah Johnson’s debut novel is a sci-fi epic about a young woman who travels to other planets that closely resemble Earth.
'The Space Between Worlds' is Nerdette's January Book Club selection. Micaiah Johnson's debut novel is a sci-fi epic about a young woman who travels to other planets that closely resemble Earth. Greta Johnsen / WBEZ
‘The Space Between Worlds’ is Nerdette’s January Book Club selection. Micaiah Johnson’s debut novel is a sci-fi epic about a young woman who travels to other planets that closely resemble Earth.
'The Space Between Worlds' is Nerdette's January Book Club selection. Micaiah Johnson's debut novel is a sci-fi epic about a young woman who travels to other planets that closely resemble Earth. Greta Johnsen / WBEZ

Book Club: Micaiah Johnson On Her Debut Sci Fi Novel, ‘The Space Between Worlds’

This scrappy sci-fi debut is also an allegory about race, class and privilege. Hear Nerdette podcast’s spoiler-free convo with the author.

Welcome to the Nerdette Book Club! Each month, we read a book and chat about it, first with the author and then later with a rotating group of panelists. This month’s pick is The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson.

It’s an alternate-universe story about hundreds of different Earths slightly different from our own. It’s possible to “traverse” to other planets, but only if your doppelganger there is already dead. Enter Cara, our protagonist, whose impoverished and oppressed upbringing means she’s already dead on every planet except for eight of them.

This is Micaiah Johnson’s first book, and it’s an ambitious one. In today’s episode, Nerdette host Greta Johnsen has a spoiler-free conversation with the author about the book’s themes and how Micaiah’s own life story intersects with Cara’s.

Be sure to come back later this month for a spoiler-filled conversation about The Space Between Worlds. And don’t forget: we want to hear from you too! Record your thoughts about the novel and send an audio file to nerdettepodcast@gmail.com.