Light by M. John Harrison

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In M. John Harrison’s dangerously illuminating new novel, three quantum outlaws face a universe of their own creation, a universe where you make up the rules as you go along and break them just as fast, where there’s only one thing more mysterious than darkness.

In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn’ t yet exist—a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself. In this future, Seria Mau Genlicher has already sacrificed her body to merge into the systems of her starship, the White Cat. But the “inhuman” K-ship captain has gone rogue, pirating the galaxy while playing cat and mouse with the authorities who made her what she is. In this future, Ed Chianese, a drifter and adventurer, has ridden dynaflow ships, run old alien mazes, surfed stellar envelopes. He “went deep”—and lived to tell about it. Once crazy for life, he’s now just a twink on New Venusport, addicted to the bizarre alternate realities found in the tanks—and in debt to all the wrong people.

Haunting them all through this maze of menace and mystery is the shadowy presence of the Shrander—and three enigmatic clues left on the barren surface of an asteroid under an ocean of light known as the Kefahuchi Tract: a deserted spaceship, a pair of bone dice, and a human skeleton.

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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 August 31, 2004 by Spectra. 432 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All three protagonists may find answers at the other end of a wormhole generated millions of years ago by vanished, highly advanced aliens.

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The Guardian

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The Speed of Light by Javier Cercas, translated by Anne McLean 278pp, Bloomsbury, £14.99 To write is to struggle to make yourself authentic.

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The Guardian

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Harrison's latest work marks a return to a genre - unashamed science fiction, indeed space fiction - that many of us thought he'd abandoned for ever, after The Centauri Device, nearly 30 years ago.

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Publishers Weekly

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All three story lines converge and find heavenly closure at the cosmological wonder known as the Kefahuchi Tract, a wormhole with alien origins bordered by a vast, astral "beach" where time and space are braided and interchangeable.

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Suite 101

Due to be published in August 2012, Troon Harrison releases the first of an equine trilogy aimed at 8 - 12 year olds.

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Suite 101

Often confused with fantasy literature, magical realism has its own defining characteristics that sets it apart as a separate and popular genre.

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SF Site

John Harrison's Light is not just among the best SF novels of the year -- it's without question the best read of the year.

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While the duality of the parallel narrative is enjoyable, Harrison's novel blends the tenets of Hard SF and Space Opera into a single powerful novel.

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SF Signal

Imagine a 600 page space opera, strip out the padding, apply a literary writing style that can only be described as ?elegantly poetic?, throw in some unlikable main characters, and you have the 320-page wonder that is Light.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Harrison brings a far deeper wisdom and maturity to science fiction than other writers typically do, and poses important questions that reach far beyond the old conceits of the genre.

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The Zone

John Harrison published his first SF story in New Worlds magazine in 1968, and for the last 30-odd years he has been leading the cutting edge of literary science fiction and fantasy.

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