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An absolute whammy of a read, and a must for anyone who enjoys a smart, fast-paced, hugely entertaining blast of speculative fiction. When Jimmy agrees to smuggle data in his headspace, he really didn’t expect it to start talking to him. Honey the bioform bear needs to make contact with an entity on Mars, and Jimmy finds himself an unwitting accessory. While you could definitely read this as a standalone, I really do recommend reading Dogs of War, in which Honey also appears, as an introduction to this fabulous bioform world. Arthur C Clarke Award winning Adrian Tchaikovsky has successfully combined weighty, thought-provoking moments, with a Trump-like baddie, full-on action and smirky humour. And oh, how I smirked, Jimmy acts as a beautifully timed foil to the powerfully intense Honey. This is one of those books where you can just throw yourself and abandon yourself to a fabulous story, knowing you will be entertained throughout. A LoveReading Star Book and Liz Pick of the Month, Bear Head comes with a colossal thumbs up from me.
WELCOME TO HELL CITY, MARS
Jimmy Martin has a sore head.
He's used to smuggling illegal data in his headspace. But this is the first time it has started talking to him.
The data claims to be a distinguished academic, author and civil rights activist.
It also claims to be a bear.
A bear named Honey.
Jimmy has nothing against bioforms - he's one himself, albeit one engineered out of human stock - and works with them everyday in Hell City, building the future, staking mankind's claim to a new world: Mars.
The problem is that humanity isn't the only entity with designs on the Red Planet. Out in the airless desert there is another presence. A novel intelligence, elusive, unknowable and potentially lethal.
And Honey is here to make contact with it, whether Jimmy likes it or not.
PRAISE FOR ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY:
'REX, a 2-metre-tall bioengineered dog, is one of the most achingly human characters I have ever encountered in an SF novel. A gripping dive into bioethics and artificial intelligence' New Scientist.
'This is superior stuff, tackling big themes - gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness - with brio' Financial Times.
'A joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human' Patrick Ness.
'The novel [is] thoughtful and emotionally affecting, yet also exciting and unpredictable. Good dog!' SFX, 5*.
'A timely warning about the dangers of artificial intelligence and super weapons in the hands of unscrupulous powers' Guardian.
Publication date: 07/01/2021
Publisher: Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book an imprint of Head of Zeus
|Publication date:||7th January 2021|
|Publisher:||Head of Zeus -- an AdAstra Book an imprint of Head of Zeus|
|Genres:||Humour, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Sci-Fi and Fantasy, Star Books,|
|Collections:||2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon, 80+ Humorous Novels - from Wry and Sly Observations to Outright Chuckles and Laughter.,|
Adrian Tchaikovsky was born in Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire before heading off to Reading to study psychology and zoology. For reasons unclear even to himself he subsequently ended up in law and has worked as a legal executive in both Reading and Leeds, where he now lives. Married, he is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor, has trained in stage-fighting, and keeps no exotic or dangerous pets of any kind, possibly excepting his son.More About Adrian Tchaikovsky