253 by Geoff Ryman
A Novel

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Tremendously popular on the Internet, 253 is one of the year's most imaginative, unclassifiable books.
What it is: 
A London tube train, with all seats occupied, carries 252 passengers. The driver makes 253. Each one has a secret history, thoughts about themselves and the world. And each one's story takes one page (comprised of exactly 253 words) in this novel.
Meet Estelle, who has fallen madly in love with Saddam Hussein; James, who anesthetizes sick gorillas for a living; and Who? a character who doesn't know where, or what, on earth he is.
Perhaps you'll see a bit of yourself in some or all of them.
This seven-and-a-half minute ride between Embankment and Elephant & Castle is highly original. And enjoyable. And unpredictable.
And full of marvels.


About Geoff Ryman

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Geoff Ryman works as Head of New Media for the Central Office of Information in London.
Published February 2, 1998 by Flamingo. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The book opens with a description of itself——THIS IS AN EZI-ACCESS NOVEL——and it is indeed reader-friendly, offering no tediously interminable descriptions, no complicated assembly instructions, and no batteries, though the self-description is followed by blurbs for Ryman’s earlier works, then by...

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Entertainment Weekly

Originally launched on Ryman's own website in 1997, the offline ''remix'' of 253: A Novel includes an index of links between characters, cheeky footnotes (William Blake makes a cameo trip to the present in a rambling note about the poet's home on Hercules Road), and subversive ads (BECOME AN ...

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SF Signal

Ryman’s 253 left me with the same impression: This was more literary experiment than it was entertainment.

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