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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0553382950
ISBN-13: 9780553382952
Sku: 36486036
Publish Date: 8/1/2004
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.25L x 1T
Pages:  320
Age Range:  NA
 
In M. John Harrison's dangerously illuminating new novel, three quantum outlaws face a universe of their own creation, a universe where you make up the rules as you go along and break them just as fast, where there's only one thing more mysterious than darkness.
In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn't yet exist--a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself. In this future, Seria Mau Genlicher has already sacrificed her body to merge into the systems of her starship, the White Cat. But the "inhuman" K-ship captain has gone rogue, pirating the galaxy while playing cat and mouse with the authorities who made her what she is. In this future, Ed Chianese, a drifter and adventurer, has ridden dynaflow ships, run old alien mazes, surfed stellar envelopes. He "went deep"--and lived to tell about it. Once crazy for life, he's now just a twink on New Venusport, addicted to the bizarre alternate realities found in the tanks--and in debt to all the wrong people.
Haunting them all through this maze of menace and mystery is the shadowy presence of the Shrander--and three enigmatic clues left on the barren surface of an asteroid under an ocean of light known as the Kefahuchi Tract: a deserted spaceship, a pair of bone dice, and a human skeleton.
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In M. John Harrison’s dangerously illuminating new novel, three quantum outlaws face a universe of their own creation, a universe where you make up the rules as you go along and break them just as fast, where there’s only one thing more mysterious than darkness.

In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn’t yet exist—a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself. In this future, Seria Mau Genlicher has already sacrificed her body to merge into the systems of her starship, the White Cat. But the “inhuman” K-ship captain has gone rogue, pirating the galaxy while playing cat and mouse with the authorities who made her what she is. In this future, Ed Chianese, a drifter and adventurer, has ridden dynaflow ships, run old alien mazes, surfed stellar envelopes. He “went deep”—and lived to tell about it. Once crazy for life, he’s now just a twink on New Venusport, addicted to the bizarre alternate realities found in the tanks—and in debt to all the wrong people.

Haunting them all through this maze of menace and mystery is the shadowy presence of the Shrander—and three enigmatic clues left on the barren surface of an asteroid under an ocean of light known as the Kefahuchi Tract: a deserted spaceship, a pair of bone dice, and a human skeleton.In M. John Harrison's dangerously illuminating new novel, three quantum outlaws face a universe of their own creation, a universe where you make up the rules as you go along and break them just as fast, where there's only one thing more mysterious than darkness.

In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn't yet exist-a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself. In this future, Seria Mau Genlicher has already sacrificed her body to merge into the systems of her starship, the White Cat. But the ?inhuman? K-ship captain has gone rogue, pirating the galaxy while playing cat and mouse with the authorities who made her what she is. In this future, Ed Chianese, a drifter and adventurer, has ridden dynaflow ships, run old alien mazes, surfed stellar envelopes. He ?went deep?-and lived to tell about it. Once crazy for life, he's now just a twink on New Venusport, addicted to the bizarre alternate realities found in the tanks-and in debt to all the wrong people.

Haunting them all through this maze of menace and mystery is the shadowy presence of the Shrander-and three enigmatic clues left on the barren surface of an asteroid under an ocean of light known as the Kefahuchi Tract: a deserted spaceship, a pair of bone dice, and a human skeleton.
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In 1999 London, physicist Michael Kearny and his colleague, Brian Tate, work out quantum computations that will, in the future, lead to faster-than-light space travel. Meanwhile, Kearny also commits various murders in an effort to escape the Shrander, a mysterious entity from which Kearny stole a pair of precognitive dice. In the future, a starship captain regrets merging her body with that of the ship she hijacked, particularly since the ship's true owners are anxious to recover their property. Also in the future, thrill-seeker Ed Chianse retreats into virtual reality while evading loan sharks. These seemingly disparate storylines all meet at an artificially-constructed black hole. This British SF exploration of the nature of space, time, and humanity won the 2002 Tiptree Award.

Praise

Locus
"Marvelous." - Damien Broderick August 2004

Publishers Weekly
"Harrison's talent for brilliant reality-bending SF is on display yet again....This is space oepra for the intelligentsia....[A] welcome and long overdue return." (starred review) 08/23/2004

Kirkus Reviews
"A profoundly thoughtful, complex, fascinating, and sometimes bewildering mosaic....It was worth the wait since Harrison's last." (starred review) 07/15/2004

New York Times Book Review
"What's extraordinary is that Harrison's tale, for all its unflinching candor, succeeds in evoking the sense of wonder that science fiction readers lookfor in the best of the genre." - Gerald Jonas 09/12/2004

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0320
Product attributePublisher:   Spectra Books
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