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The Adjacent by Christopher Priest
  

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Christopher Priest is one of our greatest novelists and science fiction writers who interweaves the real world with scientific might have beens. The Adjacent is very much in this vein, set in the not too distant future as terrorists with a new weapon threaten our very existence (well the existence of the Islamist Republic of Great Britain) but the answers to how the weapon works, what dark forces it has unleashed and what this all means, lie across space and time. There are few real similarities but reading it isn’t that dissimilar to watching (a very grown up and complicated) Dr Who and its fascinating to imagine what the current incarnation of the Doctor would look like if Priest were given the reins!

If you like Christopher Priest you might also like to read books by J G Ballard, Robert Silverberg and Michael Moorcock.

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The Adjacent by Christopher Priest

Tibor Tarent, a freelance photographer, is recalled to Britain from Anatolia where his wife Melanie has been killed by insurgent militia. IRGB is a nation living in the aftermath of a bizarre and terrifying terrorist atrocity - hundreds of thousands were wiped out when a vast triangle of west London was instantly annihilated. The authorities think the terrorist attack and the death of Tarent's wife are somehow connected. A century earlier, a stage magician is sent to the Western Front on a secret mission to render British reconnaissance aircraft invisible to the enemy. On his journey to the trenches he meets the visionary who believes that this will be the war to end all wars. In 1943, a woman pilot from Poland tells a young RAF technician of her escape from the Nazis, and her desperate need to return home. In the present day, a theoretical physicist stands in his English garden and creates the first adjacency. THE ADJACENT is a novel where nothing is quite as it seems. Where fiction and history intersect, where every version of reality is suspect, where truth and falsehood lie closely adjacent to one another. It shows why Christopher Priest is one of our greatest writers.

About the Author

Christopher Priest

Christopher Priest's novels have built him an inimitable dual reputation as a contemporary novelist and a leading figure in modern SF and fantasy. His novel THE PRESTIGE is unique in winning both a major literary prize (the James Tait Black Award) and a major genre prize (The World Fantasy Award); THE SEPARATION won both the Arthur C Clarke and the British Science Fiction Awards. He was selected for the original Best of Young British Novelists in1983.

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Publication date

10th April 2014

Author

Christopher Priest

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Author's Website

www.christopher-priest.co.u...

Publisher

Gollancz an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780575105386

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