The most acclaimed sf novel of 2002 Major lead title campaign, including national press advertising Over 10,000 copies sold of trade edition Winner of the Tiptree Award; shortlisted for the British SF Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award 'I think this will soon be regarded as one of the most dazzling novels of its genre' Daily Telegraph 'An amazing book: not just a triumphant return to science fiction, but an injection of style and content that will light up the genre' Michael Marshall Smith, author of SPARES and THE STRAW MEN
M. John Harrison was born in the Peak District in 1945 and now lives in London.
Harrison's talent for brilliant, reality-bending SF is on display yet again with this three-tiered tale, published (and highly praised) in the U.K. in 2002. It's 1999, and British scientist Michael Kearney and his American partner, Brian Tate, are studying laboratory quantum physics; unbeknownst to them, they'll become the fathers of interplanetary travel. Kearney nervously holds a pair of predictive dice he's stolen from a frightening specter called the Shrander, whom he keeps at bay by committing random murders. Four hundred years in the future, K-ship captain Seria Mau Genlicher has gravely erred in splicing herself with a hijacked spacecraft called the White Cat and now she wants out. There's also Ed Chianese, a burned-out interstellar surfer now spending his life within a reality simulation machine. His problem? Monetary debt to the nasty Cray sisters. As Kearney continues to narrowly evade the Shrander, he discovers that company CEO Gordon Meadows has sold the lab to Sony. All three story lines converge and find heavenly closure at the cosmological wonder known as the Kefahuchi Tract, a wormhole with alien origins bordered by a vast, astral "beach" where time and space are braided and interchangeable. This is space opera for the intelligentsia, as Harrison (Things That Never Happen) tweaks aspects of astrophysics, fantasy and humanism to hum right along with the blinking holograms in a welcome and long overdue return. Agent, Susan Howe. (Sept. 7) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Harrison's lyrical prose and penetrating philosophy on experience intersect to give you an SF adventure that is way beyond the norm. We need more [writers] like him. This is literature with a capital 'L'. Read it." -- Guy Haley DEATHRAY