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City at the end of time

Bear, Greg, 1951-200807UU
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One of the masters of SF returns with an incredible new novel - the SF publishing event of the year. Do you dream of a city at the end of time? In a time like the present, on a world that may or may not be our own, three young people-Ginny, Jack, and Daniel-dream of a fabulous, decadent city in the distant future: the Kalpa. The dreams of Ginny and Jack overtake them without warning, leaving their bodies behind while carrying their consciousnesses forward, into the minds of two inhabitants of the Kalpa-a would-be warrior, Jebrassy, and an inquisitive explorer, Tiadba-who have been genetically retroengineered to possess qualities of ancient humanity. In turn, the dreams of Tiadba and Jebrassy carry them back, into the minds of Jack and Ginny. As for Daniel: he dreams of an empty darkness--all his future holds. But more than dreams link Ginny, Jack, and Daniel. They are fate-shifters, born with the ability to skip like stones across the surface of the fifth dimension, inhabiting alternate versions of themselves. And they are each guardians of an object whose origins and purpose are unknown, a gnarled, stony artifact called a sum-runner that persists unchanged through all versions of time. They can save the future, but they are being hunted down.Review: "Readers who've been waiting for more than a decade for Bear to return to the visionary epics of the EON or FORGE OF GOD series had better hold on to their hats." LOCUS "A master of modern science fiction returns to his very best. The book combines the crystalline clarity of Bear's own Eon with the poignant, epochal vision of Clarke's City and the Stars. Full of ambition, full of wonder, this may be remembered as Bear's masterpiece. If you loved Arthur C Clarke - if you loved Bear's Eon - you'll love this. This book will open doors in your mind." -- Stephen Baxter "Something of an homage to William Hope Hodgson's classic The Night Land, this complex, difficult and beautifully written tale will appeal to sophisticated readers who prefer thorny conundrums to fast-paced action." PUBLISHERS WEEKLY "Greg Bear's most epic novel yet. An ingenious ambitious and refreshingly different novel." -- Dave Golder SFX "Bear's vision is vast - a mind spinning fusion of hard SF, fantasy and myth. The story is detailed, complex and moving, and grips the reader with a good old fashioned sense of wonder." THE GUARDIAN.
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London : Gollancz : [distributor] Littlehampton Book Services (LBS) : [distributor] Alliance Distribution Services Pty Ltd : [distributor] Alliance Distribution Services Pty Ltd : [distributor] Jonathan Ball Publishers SA : [distributor] Arthur Barker Ltd, 2008.
480 p. ; 23x15x3 cm.
Paperback. Unsewn / adhesive bound.
Greg Bear is the author of more than thirty books of science fiction and fantasy. Awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction, he is one of only two authors to win a Nebula in every category. He lives in the USA.
9780575081895 (pbk)0575081899 (pbk)
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