Glimmering by Elizabeth Hand

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It’s 1999 and the world is falling apart at the seams. The sky is afire, the oceans are rising—and mankind is to blame. While the spoils of the 20th Century dwindle, Jack Finnegan lives on the fringes in his decaying mansion, struggling to keep his life afloat and his loved ones safe while battling that most modern of diseases—AIDS.

As the New Millennium approaches, Jack’s former lover, a famous photographer reveling in the world's decay, gifts him with a mysterious elixir called Fusax, a medicine rumored to cure the incurable AIDS. But soon, the "side effects" of Fusax become more apparent, and Jack gets mixed up with a bizarre entourage of rock stars, Japanese scientists, corporate executives, AIDS victims, and religious terrorists. While these larger players compete to control mankind's fate in the 21st Century, Jack is forced to choose his own role in the World's End, and how to live with it.

Originally published in 1997, Glimmering is a visionary mix of fantasy and science fiction about a world in which humanity struggles to cope with the ever-approaching "End of the End."

About Elizabeth Hand

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Elizabeth Hand is the Nebula and World Fantasy Award-winning author of twelve novels and three short-story collections, including the popular novelMortal Love. With an established fan base, Hand writes lyrically rich and always beautifully rendered prose. The guest of honor at the 2009 ReaderCon, Hand also writes a regular review column forThe Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fictionand book reviews forThe Washington Post.
Published July 10, 2012 by Underland Press. 400 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Photographer and ``sociocultural pathologist'' Leonard Thrope gives AIDS patient and former lover Jack Finnegan a new drug whipped up by a former Japanese WW II medical experimenter;

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