Olga Tymofiyeva

Olga Tymofiyeva, PhD, was born in 1981 in Kyiv, Ukraine. After having lived in Ukraine and Germany, she now lives in the US and works as an Associate Professor of Neuroimaging at the University of California in San Francisco. The award-winning novella Just City is Olga’s first fiction book, which reflects her passion for science and critical thinking.

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Just City
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Stuart Wakefield Mon, 04/09/2023 - 09:21

From the outset, "Just City" captures attention with its engaging premise, and the setting is contemporary, making it relatable to a broad spectrum of readers. In just ten pages, you've successfully hinted at the deeper conflict Nathan will face—the concept of meritocracy—doing so without overwhelming the reader.

Katja Kane Mon, 04/09/2023 - 15:24

I enjoyed this opening with its quirky characters - loved the grandma especially, and I'm intrigued by the setup and the themes and philosophical questions that are being raised. It seems like a great way to get young people questioning the received wisdom about how our society works. I look forward to seeing this in a bookshop one day!

Jennifer Bisbing Sat, 09/09/2023 - 22:07

The concept of the book is intriguing and original—the wise vs the driven youth. And a perfect setting to have the story play out in—behind goggles. It made me want to play the game, just to see if my convictions hold up to VR questions.

Pulane Chaka Fri, 15/09/2023 - 18:16

Beautifully written. This is an engaging read and I just want more!

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