This cozy science fiction novel tells a story of misfits, rebels, found family—and a mystery that spans the stars
Welcome to the Grand Abeona Hotel: home of the finest food, the sweetest service, and the very best views the galaxy has to offer. All year round it moves from planet to planet, system to system, pampering guests across the furthest reaches of the milky way. The last word in sub-orbital luxury—and an absolute magnet for intrigue. Intrigues such as: Why are there love poems in the lobby inbox? How many Imperial spies are currently on board? What is the true purpose of the Problem Solver’s conference? And perhaps most pertinently—who is driving the ship?
Each guest has a secret, every member of staff a universe unto themselves. At the center of these interweaving lives and interlocking mysteries stands Carl, one time stowaway, longtime manager, devoted caretaker to the hotel. It’s the love of his life and the only place he’s ever called home. But as forces beyond Carl’s comprehension converge on the Abeona, he has to face one final question: when is it time to let go?
About the Author
Grace Curtis is a freeroaming writer from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Her debut novel Frontier, a queer space western about climate change (really), came out in March 2023. When she’s not dreaming up stories, Grace can usually be found up a hill somewhere, climbing or hiking or lolling idly in the grass. Floating Hotel is her second novel. There will be more!!!
Praise for Floating Hotel
"Clever prose and lush descriptions . . . Curtis has a knack for keeping things intimate and understated, peeling back the layers of the novel’s scrappy found family. Centering optimism in the face of an increasingly dark universe, this feel-good saga lingers long after it’s finished." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"If you liked Station Eleven, check out Floating Hotel. It follows a hotel that flies through space, all year moving to different planets and systems and providing guests with a delightful stay. While the hotel itself is intriguing (no one knows who is driving the ship), there's also much to learn about the various guests and staff who stay there. And the hotel's manager specifically has his own personal conflicts, about when to stay at this lovely hotel, or when to leave."— Men's Health
"Curtis has done it again—delivering a high stakes slice-of-life novel that’s bleeding with heart. The underbelly of the Abeona hotel may be rotting with secrets, but like the guests, you’ll be too dazzled by its effortless charm to notice. If you read one sci-fi novel this year, make it this one.” —Kate Dylan, author of Mindwalker
"Bittersweet and breathtaking, with evocative prose and a scope that's somehow both intimate and galaxy-spanning, Floating Hotel is like the Abeona itself. It invites you to enjoy its atmospheric and multi-layered story and lovable cast at your leisure—and the deeper you get, the less willing you are to let it go. Grace Curtis has a new fan for life!” —Jules Arbeaux, author of Lord of the Empty Isles
Praise for the work of Grace Curtis
"Curtis oozes charm and humour." —Tamsyn Muir, New York Times-bestselling author of Gideon the Ninth
"With dry wit and a gunslinger's level eye, Grace Curtis takes us to a New West strange, familiar, and delightful—downtrodden with a gleam of hope amid the tumbleweeds. A real treat." —Max Gladstone, Hugo- and Nebula-Award Winning Author
"Full of action and adventure, but never forgets its heart." —Beth Revis, New York Times-bestselling author of Across the Universe
"I’m officially a member of the Grace Curtis fan club!" —Amie Kaufman, New York Times-bestselling author of llluminae
“The character development is some of the best I’ve ever encountered.” —SCIFI.radio
“Adventurous… and intimate.” —Library Journal