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M. John Harrison - Author

About the Author

M. John Harrison was born in the Peak District and now lives in London.

 

Maxim Jakubowski's view on VIRICONIUM...
Collects the three novels and all the short stories British author Harrison wrote about the twilight world of a mysterious far future city. With echoes of Victorian fantasy, Beardsley and Mervyn Peake, this is an imagined world both rich and allusive, cruel and colourful and full of action.

Stylish and challenging and proof that fantasy doesn’t end with Tolkien.

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Other books by M. John Harrison

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again

Author: M. John Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/2021

*WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2020* *A New Statesman Book of the Year* '...Draws a portrait of watery, post-Brexit Britain that brings shivers of both unease and recognition' Jonathan Coe, Sunday Times Bestselling author of Middle England and What a Carve Up! Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2020, this is fiction that pushes the boundaries of the novel form. Shaw had a breakdown, but he's getting himself back together. He has a single room, a job on a decaying London barge, and an on-off affair with a doctor's daughter called Victoria, who claims to have seen her first corpse at age thirteen. It's not ideal, but it's a life. Or it would be if Shaw hadn't got himself involved in a conspiracy theory that, on dark nights by the river, seems less and less theoretical... Meanwhile, Victoria is up in the Midlands, renovating her dead mother's house, trying to make new friends. But what, exactly, happened to her mother? Why has the local waitress disappeared into a shallow pool in a field behind the house? And why is the town so obsessed with that old Victorian morality tale, The Water Babies? As Shaw and Victoria struggle to maintain their relationship, the sunken lands are rising up again, unnoticed in the shadows around them.

Settling the World

Settling the World

Author: M. John Harrison, Jennifer Hodgson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2020

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again

Author: M. John Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2020, this is fiction that pushes the boundaries of the novel form. Shaw had a breakdown, but he's getting himself back together. He has a single room, a job on a decaying London barge, and an on-off affair with a doctor's daughter called Victoria, who claims to have seen her first corpse at age fourteen. It's not ideal, but it's a life. Or it would be if Shaw hadn't got himself involved in a conspiracy theory that, on dark nights by the river, seems less and less theoretical . . . Meanwhile, Victoria is up in the Midlands, renovating her dead mother's house, trying to make new friends. But what, exactly, happened to her mother? Why has the local waitress disappeared into a shallow pool in a field behind the house? And why is the town so obsessed with that old Victorian morality tale, The Water Babies? As Shaw and Victoria struggle to maintain their relationship, the sunken lands are rising up again, unnoticed in the shadows around them.

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again

The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again

Author: M. John Harrison Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2020

Winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2020, this is fiction that pushes the boundaries of the novel form. Shaw had a breakdown, but he's getting himself back together. He has a single room, a job on a decaying London barge, and an on-off affair with a doctor's daughter called Victoria, who claims to have seen her first corpse at age fourteen. It's not ideal, but it's a life. Or it would be if Shaw hadn't got himself involved in a conspiracy theory that, on dark nights by the river, seems less and less theoretical . . . Meanwhile, Victoria is up in the Midlands, renovating her dead mother's house, trying to make new friends. But what, exactly, happened to her mother? Why has the local waitress disappeared into a shallow pool in a field behind the house? And why is the town so obsessed with that old Victorian morality tale, The Water Babies? As Shaw and Victoria struggle to maintain their relationship, the sunken lands are rising up again, unnoticed in the shadows around them.

Light

Light

Author: M. John Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/07/2019

Listed by the Guardian as one of the top 100 science fiction books of the 21st century. On the barren surface of an asteroid, located deep in the galaxy beneath the unbearable light of the Kefahuchi Tract, lie three objects: an abandoned spacecraft, a pair of bone dice covered with strange symbols, and a human skeleton. What they are and what they mean are the mysteries explored and unwrapped in LIGHT, M. John Harrison's triumphant novel.

You Should Come with Me Now

You Should Come with Me Now

Author: M. John Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/11/2017

Nova Swing

Nova Swing

Author: M. John Harrison Format: eBook Release Date: 20/10/2015

Majkl Dzhon Garrison - britanskij pisatel'-fantast, umeyushchij garmonichno soedinyat' fantasmagoricheskie kartiny, horeograficheski ottochennoe dejstvie i glubokij psihologizm. Ego trilogiyu, nachatuyu nepodrazhaemym "e;Svetom prodolzhaet stol' zhe prihotlivaya i mnogogrannaya "e;Nova Sving CHerez neskol'ko let posle sud'bonosnogo puteshestviya EHda CHitajca k Traktu Kefauchi Galo stalo turisticheskim marshrutom, a Trakt nachal rasshiryat'sya i izmenyat'sya, zadevaya svoimi oblastyami Zemlyu i sozdavaya Zony, gde Vselennaya reshila otdohnut' ot zakonov fiziki. Ottuda prosachivayutsya zagadochnye artefakty i organizmy, sbegayut zhivye algoritmy, sposobnye sprovocirovat' nepredskazuemye izmeneniya. Dlya predotvrashcheniya ehtih bedstvij sushchestvuet Policiya Zony, protivostoyashchaya avantyuristam i tak nazyvaemym "e;turagentam kotorye mogut upravlyat' - ili dumayut, chto mogut, - iskazhennoj fizikoj, perekoshennoj geografiej i psihicheskimi atakami Zony. I odnazhdy zagadochnyj i v luchshem sluchae lish' napolovinu biologicheskij fenomen nahodit lazejku v normal'nyj mir.

Climbers

Climbers

Author: M. John Harrison, Robert Macfarlane Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/05/2013

One of M. John Harrison's most acclaimed novels in a career of near universal acclaim, CLIMBERS is, perhaps, the least fantastical of his novels. Yet it carries life-changing moments, descriptions of landscape bordering on the hallucinogenic and flights of pure fictive power that leave any notion of the divide between realistic and unrealistic fiction far behind. First published in 1989, CLIMBERS has remained a strong favourite with fans and reviewers alike. A young man seeks to get a grip on his life by taking up rock-climbing. He hopes that by engaging with the hard realities of the rock and the fall he can grasp what is important about life. But as he is drawn into the obsessive world of climbing he learns that taking things to the edge comes with its own price. Retreating from his failed marriage to Pauline, Mike leaves London for the Yorkshire moors, where he meets Normal and his entourage, busy pursuing their own dreams of escape. Travelling from crag to crag throughout the country, they are searching for the unattainable: the perfect climb. Through rock-climbing, Mike discovers an intensity of experience - a wash of pain, fear and excitement - that obliterates the rest of his world. Increasingly addicted to the adrenaline, folklore and camaraderie of the sport, he finds, for a time, a genuine escape. But it is gained at a price... This dark, witty and poetic novel is full of the rugged beauty of nature, of the human drive to test oneself against extremes, and of the elation such escape can bring. CLIMBERS was featured on BBC Radio 4's A GOOD READ in February 2021. Poet Helen Mort called it a poetic portrait of the strange and fascinating, very niche world of rock climbing and Harriett Gilbert called the writing like prose poetry, it's beautiful.

Empty Space

Empty Space

Author: M. John Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2013

EMPTY SPACE is a space adventure. We begin with the following dream: An alien research tool the size of a brown dwarf star hangs in the middle of nowhere, as a result of an attempt to place it equidistant from everything else in every possible universe. Somewhere in the fractal labyrinth beneath its surface, a woman lies on an allotropic carbon deck, a white paste of nanomachines oozing from the corner of her mouth. She is neither conscious nor unconscious, dead nor alive. There is something wrong with her cheekbones. At first you think she is changing from one thing into another - perhaps it's a cat, perhaps it's something that only looks like one - then you see that she is actually trying to be both things at once. She is waiting for you, she has been waiting for you for perhaps 10,000 years. She comes from the past, she comes from the future. She is about to speak... EMPTY SPACE is a sequel to LIGHT and NOVA SWING, three strands presented in alternating chapters which will work their way separately back to this image of frozen transformation.

Nova Swing

Nova Swing

Author: M. John Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/11/2007

It is some time after Ed Chianese's trip into the Kefahuchi Tract. A major industry of the Halo is now tourism. The Tract has begun to expand and change, but, more problematically, parts of it have also begun to fall to earth, piecemeal, on the Beach planets. We are in a city, perhaps on New Venusport or Motel Splendido: next to the city is the event site, the zone, from out of which pour new, inexplicable artefacts, organisms and escapes of living algorithm - the wrong physics loose in the universe. They can cause plague and change. An entire department of the local police, Site Crime, exists to stop them being imported into the city by adventurers, entradistas, and the men known as 'travel agents', profiteers who can manage - or think they can manage - the bad physics, skewed geographies and psychic onslaughts of the event site. But now a new class of semi-biological artefact is finding its way out of the site, and this may be more than anyone can handle.

The Centauri Device

The Centauri Device

Author: M. John Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/07/2000

John Truck was to outward appearances just another lowlife spaceship captain. But he was also the last of the Centaurans - or at least, half of him was - which meant that he was the only person who could operate the Centauri Device, a sentient bomb which might hold the key to settling a vicious space war. M. John Harrison's classic novel turns the conventions of space opera on their head, and is written with the precision and brilliance for which is famed.

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