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Cover Reveal & Limited Print Edition: The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang

In which we reveal the cover and open orders for a Limited Edition of The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang

Today, we are utterly delighted to share with you the cover for The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist by S.L. Huang–cover art by Kristina Tsenova.

The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist

About the Story

A dark retelling of The Little Mermaid from the author of HUNTING MONSTERS

I suppose if this is going to be recorded somewhere for posterity, I should set the record straight. The ghostwriter will probably cut it all, but hey, it’s the principle of the thing.

Dr. Cadence Mbella is the world’s most celebrated scholar of the atargati: sentient, intelligent deep-water beings who are most definitely not mermaids. When Cadence decides to release a captive atargati from scientific experimentation and interrogation, she knows her career and her life is forfeit. But she yearns for the atargati–there is still so much to know about their physiology, their society, their culture. And Cadence would do anything to more fully understand the atargati… no matter what the cost.


A Word From Your Friendly Neighborhood Editors (and Book Smugglers)

Did you ever read the original Little Mermaid? You know, not the Disney version, but the horrifying, heartbreaking Hans Christian Andersen fable?

This is the story that The Little Homo Sapiens Scientist is based upon, but with a twist: a flipped version of the original, in which a human scientist wants to become a mermaid (or, rather, an atargati as in this story). And then she falls in love with one of them. This is a dark, science fiction story and a tale of love, science, knowledge, and finding oneself.

We are so proud to present this book as our second limited print run endeavor from Book Smugglers Publishing–we hope you find this story as poignant and heartfelt as we do.

About the Author: S.L. Huang

S.L. Huang

S.L. Huang justifies her MIT degree by using it to write eccentric mathematical superhero fiction. In real life, you can usually find her hanging upside down from the ceiling or stabbing people with swords. She is unhealthily opinionated at and on Twitter as @sl_huang.

About the Artist: Kristina Tsenova


Kristina Tsenova was born in 1995 in Bulgaria and is currently a student at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her preferred media is watercolor, acrylic and digital painting. She has had two exhibitions in 2014 and has won approx. 50 art competitions. Apart from traditional art, her interests include cinematography, literature and photography. She is also a hobbyist photographer and makes short movie clips and in the future, she would like to work on varied design projects, concept art and special effects for the movie industry. A great source of inspiration are the movies of Hayao Miyazaki and the genuine art of Pascal Campion. You can find her on deviantart and on facebook.


Limited Print Edition


We have a limited edition print version available exclusively from The Book Smugglers–we’ve got 50 copies only, available for order now for $19.95, plus shipping and handling. ETA: as of 12.28 – we still have a few copies left!



Buy the Ebook

In addition to the limited edition copy, you can buy the DRM-free ebook (EPUB & MOBI) that contains the story and an essay from the author from all major ebook retail sites for $2.99.

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