Appleseed by John Clute

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It is the dawn of the fourth millennium, and for trader Nathanael Freer it is business as usual. Tile Dance, his ship, is in the safe hands of KathKirtt, an AI with two minds, and a loyal krewe of cybernetic and android helpers. His latest commission-to deliver a shipment of nano-forges to the planet Eolhxir--is routine enough. All seems okey dokey.

But it is not. A virulent data plague is infecting the local spiral arm of the galaxy all the way from Old Earth. Universal darkness threatens the vast concord of living civilizations. And a trap has been laid that will draw Freer and his lover, Ferocity Monthly-Niece, into an eons-old conflict. His new contract is, in fact, far from routine, and Eolhxir holds the key to everything.

Appleseed is filled with wild high tech, weird aliens, and wonderful vistas. It will dazzle, amaze and delight you.

About John Clute

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John Clute, winner of the Pilgrim Award for lifetime contributions to SF and fantasy scholarship, was born in Toronto, Ontario, and for many years has lived in London, England.
Published January 1, 2001 by ORBIT. 288 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Rarely has there been a space opera with such zeal for language, such a concatenation of ideas archaic and intergalactic and such irreverent reveling in humanity's stinky, steamy, singular sexuality.

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Freer and his AI companions hurl themselves out through a wormhole nexus and clear of the data-plaque behind them, fossilizing an entire solar system and killing billions in the process, a process that may have been aimed at stopping Freer.

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John Clute was born in Toronto in 1940.

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At the beginning of the fourth millennium galaxy trader Nathaniel Freer owns the space ship Tile Dance piloted by artificial intelligence KathKirtt, an essence with two brains.

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John Clute is a well-known SF critic, and his penetrating and precise criticism has appeared in SF journals since the 1960s - his early work appeared in New Worlds and he was one of the founders of Interzone.

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