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Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards.

"An exuberant celebration of excess set in a resource-poor but defiantly energetic twenty-first century."—The New York Times

"A richly absorbing tale—with a marvelous premise expertly carried out."—Kirkus Reviews

"Excellent. . . . Dark and witty and full of love, closely observed, and sprinkled with ...

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Overview

Winner of the Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards.

"An exuberant celebration of excess set in a resource-poor but defiantly energetic twenty-first century."—The New York Times

"A richly absorbing tale—with a marvelous premise expertly carried out."—Kirkus Reviews

"Excellent. . . . Dark and witty and full of love, closely observed, and sprinkled with astonishing ideas. Science fiction of a very high order."—Greg Bear

"One of the most imaginative accounts of futuristic bioengineering since Greg Bear's Blood Music."—Locus

In a future London, humans photosynthesize, organics have replaced electronics, viruses educate people, and very few live past forty. But Milena is resistant to the viruses. She's alone until she meets Rolfa, a huge, hirsute Genetically Engineered Polar Woman, and Milena realizes she might, just might, be able to find a place for herself after all.

Geoff Ryman is the author of the novels The King's Last Song, Air (a Clarke and Tiptree Award winner), and The Unconquered Country (a World Fantasy Award winner), and the collection Paradise Tales. Canadian by birth, he has lived in Cambodia and Brazil and now teaches creative writing at the University of Manchester in England.

The multiple-award-winning sf classic from the acclaimed author of Was. In the city of the future, humans photosynthesize, viruses educate people, organics have replaced electronics . . . and almost no one lives past 40. The outcast Milena feels alone--until she meets the genetically engineered Rolfa.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Ryman's ( The Unconquered Country ) novel belongs to that class of SF stories in which the liberties with science go too far and destroy our suspension of disbelief, but whose rich symbolism and brightly drawn characters keep us nonetheless involved and rewarded. In a world where knowledge is transmitted by viral infection, Milena is immune and thus forced to learn from books. Because the viruses always teach the same facts the same way, the government covertly uses Milena to infuse the system with originality and creativity. Her magnum opus is a kilometers-high holographic projection of a choral rendition of Dante's Divine Comedy , visible from almost all of Earth. In the process she encounters: genetically enhanced human polar bears, living orbiting satellites, infections that cause their victims to share thoughts and movements en masse, angels created by the government and her own early childhood memories. Like her, the people who enter, change and sometimes leave her stage are game and affecting. This book won Bantam's 1989 Arthur C. Clark Award for best SF novel. (Oct.)
Library Journal
In a future that has cured cancer, tamed virus(es), and inadvertently halved hu man life expectancy, a young woman struggles to produce a new form of art as a testimonial to a lost lover, heedless of the shock waves resulting from her endeavor. Ryman ( The Unconquered Country) ex amines the consequences of biogenetics gone awry in a heady novel bursting with speculation. For most sf collections.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931520287
  • Publisher: Small Beer Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 386
  • Sales rank: 838,673
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2013

    Great!

    A thoughtful, literate look at the possible forms of life and love.

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