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M. John Harrison was born in the Peak District and now lives in London.
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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.
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.
*WINNER OF THE GOLDSMITHS PRIZE 2020* *A New Statesman Book of the Year* 'A mesmerising, mysterious book . . . Haunting. Worrying. Beautiful' Russell T. Davis 'Brilliantly unsettling' Olivia Laing 'A magificent book' Neil Gaiman 'An extraordinary experience' William Gibson 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.
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.
M. John Harrison is a cartographer of the liminal. His work sits at the boundaries between genres - horror and science fiction, fantasy and travel writing - just as his characters occupy the no man's land between the spatial and the spiritual. Here, in his first collection of short fiction for over 15 years, we see the master of the New Wave present unsettling visions of contemporary urban Britain, as well as supernatural parodies of the wider, political landscape. From gelatinous aliens taking over the world's financial capitals, to the middle-aged man escaping the pressures of fatherhood by going missing in his own house... these are weird stories for weird times.
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.
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.
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.