Empty Space by M John Harrison
(Kefahuchi Tract Trilogy 3)

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This is not a book to read as a standalone. If you have not read Light, I would advise you not to start here. You could take this as an excuse to read all three of the Kefahuchi Tract — of course there may be more or not depending on the author’s atmospheric pressure — which, while something of a challenge, does repay the effort with real interest.
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Synopsis

EMPTY SPACE is a space adventure. We begin with the following dream:

An alien research tool the size of a brown dwarf star hangs in the middle of nowhere, as a result of an attempt to place it equidistant from everything else in every possible universe. Somewhere in the fractal labyrinth beneath its surface, a woman lies on an allotropic carbon deck, a white paste of nanomachines oozing from the corner of her mouth. She is neither conscious nor unconscious, dead nor alive. There is something wrong with her cheekbones. At first you think she is changing from one thing into another - perhaps it's a cat, perhaps it's something that only looks like one - then you see that she is actually trying to be both things at once. She is waiting for you, she has been waiting for you for perhaps 10,000 years. She comes from the past, she comes from the future. She is about to speak...

EMPTY SPACE is a sequel to LIGHT and NOVA SWING, three strands presented in alternating chapters which will work their way separately back to this image of frozen transformation.

 

About M John Harrison

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M. John Harrison is the award-winning author of eight previous novels and four collections of short stories. His fifth novel, Viriconium, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and his sixth, Climbers, won the Boardman Tasker Award. Light was recently awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Award and shortlisted for the 2002 Arthur C. Clarke Award.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published July 19, 2012 by Gollancz. 315 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Below average
Reviewed by Stuart Kelly on Aug 02 2012

What haunts this book...Harrison beguiles you towards that fear, and asks whether or not you want worlds like this. I doubt this year's literary prize-givers will be open to such questions.

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Above average
Reviewed by David Marshall on Feb 27 2013

This is not a book to read as a standalone. If you have not read Light, I would advise you not to start here. You could take this as an excuse to read all three of the Kefahuchi Tract — of course there may be more or not depending on the author’s atmospheric pressure — which, while something of a challenge, does repay the effort with real interest.

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