K-Machines by Damien Broderick
(Players in the Contest of Worlds)

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August Seebeck is a 20-something student from a world not quite the same as ours. In GODPLAYERS, August tumbled into a vastly larger universe, and learned that he wasn't, after all, an orphaned only child. He and his turbulent siblings, and the breathtaking Lune and others still stranger, are Players in the Contest of Worlds. They are mysteriously transformed humans whose ancient task is enigmatic battle with the dread, passionate K-Machines. Now crisis deepens.

Empowered with a potent killing device of his own, an eerie gift from legend, August finds himself flung from world to world in a brutal and baffling game, with entire universes at stake and very little idea of the rules. Only two things are clear: his beloved Lune is not who she seems, and August's pivotal role is no chance accident. In this cosmos, survival of the gods themselves depends upon human victory over the K-Machines.
 

About Damien Broderick

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Broderick is Australia's most internationally respected SF critic and theorist. He holds a multi-disciplinary PhD in the comparative semiotics of science and literature. The diverse intellectual sweep of his writing includes feminism, literary theory, particle physics, biochemistry, and cognitive science, but he has also found time to write comedy, experiment with fantasy, re-work the odd Shakespearian play, and write a postmodernist non-SF novel about the Melbourne SF fan community. A prize-winning author throughout his career, for his last two published works Broderick received the 2002 Ditmar Award for Best Australian Collection and the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2002. In 2005 he received the Distinguished Scholarship Award of the International Association of Fantasy Authors. He lives in San Antonio, TX.
 
Published February 2, 2006 by Thunder's Mouth Press. 336 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction