Mockymen by Ian Watson

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This wonderfully weird tale uncovers the secrets of the 'mockymen', aliens who have inhabited drug-addled humans' bodies. A young British couple who make jigsaw puzzles are hired for an outlandish job in a park by an elderly Norwegian man. Toward the end of the Second World War, a blood sacrifice was carried out in this park by Nazis trying to create an occult cordon around Norway, and the ageing Norwegian hopes to access the power residing in the park to achieve reincarnation for himself. The Hardship Years intervene, when climate change, ecological collapse, and global economic crises derail human civilisation, but in 2010 salvation arrives in the shape of an alien expedition promising new technologies. As the aliens begin to inhabit the bodies of humans strung out on the drug Bliss, a young Blisshead named Jamie recalls his prior life as a Norwegian, and the aliens' true motives are revealed. This wild, absurd, and far-out tale reveals a keen intelligence at work and at play.

About Ian Watson

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British science fiction author Ian Watson was born in 1943. He received a first class Honors degree in English Literature in 1963 and a research degree in English and French 19th Century literature in 1965 from Balliol College, Oxford. After lecturing in literature and Futures Studies, he became a full-time author in 1976. His first novel, The Embedding, won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the French Prix Apollo. His novel The Jonah Kit won the British Science Fiction Association Award and the Orbit Award. He worked with Stanley Kubrick on story development for the movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence from 1990 to 1991. His poem True Love won the 2002 Rhysling Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
Published September 29, 2011 by Gateway. 406 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Olaf Frisvold, a former Norwegian SS Officer, hires a jigsaw-puzzle–making couple to create a puzzle that commemorates the Nazi blood-sacrifice of Frisvold's sister during WWII in Vigeland Park, an eerie Norwegian sculpture garden.

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They're the disparate threads of Ian Watson's visionary new novel, Mockymen, a truly bizarre tale of life, death, betrayal, and jigsaw puzzles.

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