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Descent by Ken Macleod
  

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Alien abduction conspiracy theory set in a very recognisable near-future Edinburgh. Aged sixteen our narrator has a strange ‘close encounter’ that haunts him from then on and continues to influence his life. Through university and on into a journalism career he searches for the truth of that experience and his subsequent meeting with a ‘Man in Black’. Certain of a government cover-up, he carries us through an intriguing mystery of emotions and ideas which leads him to much more than he expected. A wide appeal to sci-fi or conspiracy fans, it crosses that boundary effortlessly so even if it seems not quite your thing, you should still check it out.

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Synopsis

Descent by Ken Macleod

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR THE TRUTH? Ball lightning. Weather balloons. Secret military aircraft. Ryan knows all the justifications for UFO sightings. But when something falls out of the sky on the hills near his small Scottish town, he finds his cynicism can't identify or explain the phenomenon. And in a future where nothing is a secret, where everything is recorded on CCTV or reported online, why can he find no evidence of the UFO, nor anything to shed light on what occurred? Is it the political revolutionaries, is it the government or is it aliens themselves who are creating the cover-up? Or does the very idea of a cover-up hide the biggest secret of all?

Reviews

'Descent is politically engaged, brimming with smart ideas and shot through with a mordant wit. The novel is dedicated to the memory of MacLeod's friend Iain M. Banks, and one feels that the future of Scottish SF is in good hands.'

- James Lovegrove The Financial Times

About the Author

Since graduating from Glasgow University in 1976, Ken MacLeod has worked as a computer analyst in Edinburgh. He now writes full-time.

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Book Info

Publication date

18th November 2014

Author

Ken Macleod

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Publisher

Orbit an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Science Fiction
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ISBN

9781841499420

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