Victor Manibo and Christine Bollow for ESCAPE VELOCITY **IN-PERSON**

Loyalty is very excited to welcome Victor Manibo in conversation with Christine Bollow to celebrate Escape Velocity! This event will take place at Loyalty Petworth (843 Upshur Street NW, Washington, DC 20011). **This event is free to attend, but registration is required** You can purchase the book from Loyalty below or in-person during the event! Please email  with any questions.


A twisty new near-future genre-bending thriller: Knives Out in space with a Parasite twist.

A decades-old murder looms over the glamorous clientele of a high-end space hotel . . . while an unforeseen threat percolates in the service corridors. The guests are about to experience the hospitality they deserve.

Space Habitat Altaire is the premier luxury resort in low Earth orbit, playground of the privileged and the perfect location to host reunions for the Rochford Institute. Rochford boasts only the best: the wealthiest, most promising students with the most impressive pedigrees. Complete with space walks, these lavish reunions are a prime opportunity for alumni to jockey for power with old friends and rivals—and crucially, to advance their applications to live in an exclusive Mars settlement. Earth is dying, and only the best deserve to save themselves.

Aboard the Altaire for their 25th reunion, finance magnate Ava pursues the truth about her brother’s murder during their senior year, which cast a dark shadow over their time at Rochford. Laz, ambassador and political scion, hopes to finally win Ava’s heart. Sloane, collecting secrets to conceal his family’s decline, angles for a key client. And Henry, heir to a healthcare empire, creates an unorthodox opportunity to get to Mars in a last-ditch effort to outrun a childhood secret.

While these erstwhile friends settle scores and rack up points, they fail to notice that other agendas are afoot at the Space Habitat Altaire, and their own futures aren’t the only ones at stake—“the best” will soon regret underestimating those they would leave behind on Earth.


Victor Manibo is a Filipino speculative fiction writer living in New York. A 2022 Lambda Literary Emerging Voices Fellow, he is the author of the science fiction noir novel The Sleepless. Find him online at or on Twitter @victormanibo.


Christine Bollow is the Co-Owner and Programs Director for Loyalty Bookstores in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD. She is a 2022 Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree, graduate of Barnard College, Fiction Juror for the 2024 Kirkus Prize, and currently serves on the DEI Committee for the American Booksellers Association. Christine is passionate about championing books by marginalized authors both at Loyalty and on her Bookstagram account @readingismagical.

Please note Loyalty has a zero tolerance policy for harassment or intimidation of any kind during this event. 

Event date: 
Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
843 Upshur Street NW
Washington, DC 20011
Escape Velocity By Victor Manibo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645660842
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Erewhon Books - May 21st, 2024

The Sleepless By Victor Manibo Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645660712
Availability: On Our Shelves Now - Click on the title to see which location!
Published: Erewhon Books - November 28th, 2023

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