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Beneath the World, a Sea

by Chris Beckett

Modern and Classic Literary Fiction Sci-Fi and Fantasy

LoveReading View on Beneath the World, a Sea

An extraordinarily readable and fascinating exploration of ourselves, of what it is to be human. This is a novel that feels completely unique, it is also one that made me consider, ponder, wonder. Open the pages and discover our Earth, yet different, it is 1990 and a British Police Inspector is called to investigate the killings of a species in the Delta, South America. I started to read and was immediately taken away from everything I knew, or thought I knew. Chris Beckett has created a world that is at once distinctively familiar and peculiar, the otherworldly aspect encouraged my thoughts to travel in unexpected directions while I viewed human interaction playing out in typical fashion. Police officer Ben is full of shade and contrast, I found the different strands that knitted and weaved together as the different characters came into play so intriuging. There is a subtlety at play here, the descriptive detail is beautiful, if a little unsettling at times, and I felt I was being allowed to discover the Delta at my own pace. ‘Beneath The World, A Sea’ is different, it is so different that I am still thinking about it, it stirred up feelings and has left them whirling.

Liz Robinson

Beneath the World, a Sea Synopsis

South America, 1990. Ben Ronson, a British police officer, arrives in a mysterious forest to investigate a spate of killings of Duendes. These silent, vaguely humanoid creatures - with long limbs and black button eyes - have a strange psychic effect on people, unleashing the subconscious and exposing their innermost thoughts and fears. Ben becomes fascinated by the Duendes, but the closer he gets, the more he begins to unravel, with terrifying results... Beneath the World, A Sea is a tour de force of modern fiction - a deeply searching and unsettling novel about the human subconscious, and all that lies beneath.

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Beneath the World, a Sea Press Reviews

A disturbing descent into a surreal world, written with a deft hand. - Adrian Tchaikovsky, winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2016

A captivating and haunting book - Daily Mail on Dark Eden

Compelling... a grim demonstration of how one person can change history, but not control it. - SFX on America City

An uneasy read that manages to feel both timely and urgent... Beckett offers an intelligent, visceral reminder that unless we change what today looks like, tomorrow will be turbulent indeed. - Guardian on America City

Eden is building into one of most vivid and fascinating places in modern SF. - Eddie Robson, SFX (review for The Eden Trilogy)

Chris Beckett is a genius - Eric Brown on Spring Tide

The Eden trilogy is a remarkable achievement: with wit, insight and invention Beckett has imagined a scientific Genesis not just about a society, but about the culture and myths that sustain it. It is both politically astute and theologically compelling. - Stuart Kelly, Guardian, on the Eden Trilogy

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ISBN: 9781786491558
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781786491558
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Chris Beckett
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Genres: Literary Fiction, Sci-Fi and Fantasy,
Categories: Science fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Chris Beckett

Chris Beckett is a former university lecturer and social worker living in Cambridge. He is the winner of the Edge Hill Short Fiction Award, 2009, for The Turing Test, the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke Award, 2013, for Dark Eden and was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Novel of the Year Award for Mother of Eden in 2015 and for Daughter of Eden in 2016.

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