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Deception Well
     

Deception Well

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by Linda Nagata
 

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Lot is a young man haunted by the past. As a boy he came with his father's fanatic army to the sky city of Silk, perched on the column of a space elevator 200 miles above the planet known as Deception Well. Battle ensued, thousands were killed, and Lot's father disappeared, while Lot was made a ward--or a prisoner--of the Silken government. Now he wants the truth. The

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Lot is a young man haunted by the past. As a boy he came with his father's fanatic army to the sky city of Silk, perched on the column of a space elevator 200 miles above the planet known as Deception Well. Battle ensued, thousands were killed, and Lot's father disappeared, while Lot was made a ward--or a prisoner--of the Silken government. Now he wants the truth. The people of Silk claim the wild, unsettled world of Deception Well is a deadly stew of runaway nanotech, the fallout of an ancient, alien war. But Lot's father once visited the planet's lush surface and survived. Jupiter Apolinario was a charismatic leader who preached that the Well offered life, not death. He promised his disciples they would find refuge and an ecstatic communion when they followed him to the planet's surface.

Lot isn't so sure--and then human "ghosts" are videoed, walking within the ruins of a long-abandoned settlement at the foot of the elevator column. Is it a trick? Or is it redemption? Lot is determined to find out. But he is a charismatic too, with a seductive presence. As the city's resources run low, conflict ignites around him, and when Silk is rocked by revolt Lot is forced to flee. His only refuge: the haunted world of Deception Well, where he will discover a past deeper than he'd ever imagined, and a razor-thin dividing line between bliss and damnation.

Enjoy all four books of the Nanotech Succession, a collection of stand-alone novels exploring the rise of nanotechnology and the strange and fascinating future that follows.

Editorial Reviews

-New York Times Book Review - Gerald Jonas
"...By the time the last piece is in place, other readers may feel, as I did, that this story of love coerced, lost and (possibly) redeemed could not be told to greater effect with any other method."
-Locus - Russell Letson
"...This payoff puts Deception Well firmly in the company of Stapledon, Benford, Bear, McAuley, and Niven..."
-Fantasy & Science Fiction - Staff Reviewer
"...a complex yet fast-paced story set in a high-tech future filled with autonomous nanomachines, inscrutable alien intelligences, and of course, duplicitous humans. Watching how all the elements fit together is half the fun."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983110026
Publisher:
Mythic Island Press LLC
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Series:
The Nanotech Succession , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
651,681
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Linda Nagata grew up in a rented beach house on the north shore of Oahu. She graduated from the University of Hawaii with a degree in zoology and worked for a time at Haleakala National Park on the island of Maui. She has been a writer, a mom, a programmer of database-driven websites, and lately a publisher and book designer. She is the author of eight novels including The Bohr Maker, winner of the Locus Award for best first novel, and the novella "Goddesses," the first online publication to receive a Nebula award. She lives with her husband in their long-time home on the island of Maui.

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