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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

You Should Come with Me Now Stories of Ghosts

You Should Come with Me Now Stories of Ghosts

Author: M. John Harrison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/10/2017

An Unreliable Guide to London

An Unreliable Guide to London

Author: M. John Harrison, Chloe Aridjis Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/07/2016

AN UNRELIABLE GUIDE TO LONDON brings together twenty-six stories about the lesser known parts of a world renowned city. Stories that stretch the reader's definition of the truth. Stories that have you questioning whether reality, and fiction simultaneously. Stories that will tell you there are wind nymphs in North Clapham tube station, a horse sized swan at Brentford Ait, Sleeping Clinics in NW3 and celebrations for St Margaret's Day of the Dead. Taking its cue from travel guides, London histories and books like Tired of London, Tired of Life, AN UNRELIABLE GUIDE TO LONDON will shake up the canon of London writing with a tongue firmly routed in its cheek.UNRELIABLE GUIDE TO LONDON is the perfect summer read for city dwellers up and down the country. With a list of contributors reflecting the multilayered, complex social structures of the city, it is the perfect guide to London showing you everything that you never knew existed.Features stories from M John Harrison, Yvvette Edwards, Chloe Aridjis, Nikesh Shukla, Courttia Newland, Juliet JaquesWill Wiles, Irenosen Okojie, Paul Ewen, Noo Saro Wiwa, Salena Godden and many more

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 A Novel

Climbers A Novel

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.

Empty Space A Haunting

Empty Space A Haunting

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.

Light

Light

Author: M. John Harrison, Sam Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2003

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.

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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