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Science fiction fans looking for the next big genre classic need look no further than the Nulapeiron Sequence, a highly cerebral sci-fi trilogy by British author John Meaney that has been (deservedly) compared to Frank Herbert's epic masterwork, Dune.
Tom Corcorigan (Meaney's answer to Paul Muad'Dib) is an impoverished youth living on one of the lower -- and poorer -- strata of Nulapeiron, a massive planet with a breathtakingly complex subterranean society. When fate intervenes, he is given the chance to topple an unjust system in which an elite few have abused the masses for countless generations. But with revolution imminent -- and a mysterious Blight threatening the planet's 10 billion-plus populace -- the legendary one-armed warrior, Corcorigan, turns his back on the quickly degenerating society and goes in search of lost love. What he finds wandering the dark and twisting pathways of Nulapeiron is spiritual enlightenment, personal salvation, and bloody retribution.
Meaney's Nulapeiron Sequence (Paradox, Context, and the forthcoming Resolution) is a landmark work for multiple reasons: 1) Unparalleled world building: The world of Nulapeiron is one of the most vividly described and utterly unique realms ever imagined in the history of science fiction; 2) Plot density: Like Nulapeiron's multi-leveled society, the story of Tom Corcorigan has innumerable layers, dozens of secondary themes, and subplots; and 3) Readability: Fans of hard science fiction will not be able to put this sweeping and thought-provoking saga down. Although there are no sandworms or spice on Nulapeiron, readers will inevitably compare this unforgettable epic with Frank Herbert's classic. Paul Goat Allen