Love, music and sorcery in Mexico City – Solaris acquires new novel by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Solaris is pleased to announce that it has acquired a new novel by Mexican and Canadian author Silvia Moreno-Garcia.

Signal to Noise is a literary fantasy novel set against the background of Mexico City, ones of the world’s biggest cities and a unique setting for a story about the very real magic of music.

This latest acquisition by the award-winning publisher of science-fiction, fantasy, horror, and anthologies will be published in February 2015.

Solaris editor-in-chief Jonathan Oliver said: "I read Signal to Noise on a beautiful summer day, sitting in my back garden. Silvia's book utterly transported me and by the end I was left in pieces. This is a beautiful, powerful novel, quite unlike anything else I have read. I'm truly proud to be bringing this to Solaris."

Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said “I love you” with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends -- Sebastian and Daniela -- and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love...

Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father’s funeral. It’s hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?

Silvia said of the genesis of Signal to Noise: “Both my parents were radio announcers. So was my grandfather. I even had a brief stint in radio as a child and my mother used to take me to the radio station since I was a baby. Signal to Noise was an attempt to understand our fascination with music and sound.”

About the author:

Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination, Silvia Moreno-Garcia lives in beautiful British Columbia with her family and two cats. Her speculative fiction has been collected in This Strange Way of Dying and has appeared in a number of anthologies, including  Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. She is the winner of the Carter V. Cooper/Exile Short Fiction Competition and a finalist for the Manchester Fiction Prize. She tweets @silviamg and blogs at

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