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Zentner, Alexi

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1973-    ) Canadian author, now in USA, active since around 2007; he also writes as by Ezekiel Boone. His first novel, Touch (short version 2007 Tin House; 2011), is a fantasy set mostly in the Canadian north, in a small town where continued logging activities may be arousing chthonic wrath (see Gaia); The Lobster Kings (2014) re-enacts William Shakespeare's King Lear (1606) on a lonely Island. The Hatching sequence, beginning with The Hatching (2016) as by Ezekiel Boone, is a Near Future series with some Ecological subtext, though the sudden irruption of an ancient but now revived species of spider is told in Disaster-thriller mode, with numerous mini-climaxes. Eventually Earth's response to the threat will be shaped strategically: as the spiders are a Hive Mind species, will it be necessary to eliminate only the queens? [JC]

Alexi Zentner

born Kitchener, Ontario: 29 August 1973




  • The Hatching (New York: Simon and Schuster/Atria/Emily Bestler, 2016) as by Ezekiel Boone [Hatching: hb/Marilyn Nieves]
  • Skitter (London: Gollancz, 2017) as by Ezekiel Boone [Hatching: hb/]
  • Zero Day (London: Gollancz, 2018) as by Ezekiel Boone [Hatching: pb/Emanuel Santos]

individual titles

  • Touch (New York: W W Norton and Company, 2011) [short version first appeared 2007 Tin House: hb/]
  • The Lobster Kings (New York: W W Norton and Company, 2014) [hb/]
  • The Mansion (New York: Simon and Schuster/Atria, 2018) as by Ezekiel Boone [hb/]


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