Hollow World

Hollow World

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by Michael J Sullivan
     
 

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Ellis Rogers is a seemingly ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing. But when he is faced with a terminal illness, Ellis is willing to take an insane gamble. He's secretly built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a utopian world that challenges his

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Ellis Rogers is a seemingly ordinary man who is about to embark on an extraordinary journey. All his life he has played it safe and done the right thing. But when he is faced with a terminal illness, Ellis is willing to take an insane gamble. He's secretly built a time machine in his garage, and if it works, he’ll face a utopian world that challenges his understanding of what it means to be human, what it takes to love, and what the cost of paradise really might be.

Ellis could find more than a cure for his disease; he might find what everyone has been searching for since time has begun — but only if he can survive the Hollow World.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/17/2014
Fantasy author Sullivan (the Riyria Revelations series) takes a stab at science fiction, introducing a man who travels through time in hopes of curing his terminal lung cancer. Intending to go 200 years into the future, Ellis Rogers winds up in the year 4078, where a utopic underground civilization has “no war, no discrimination, no disease, no pollution, no violence, no class warfare.” Yet Ellis immediately witnesses a murder, involving him in a scheme that will affect the nature of the entire Hollow World. Well paced and exciting for the first half, the story fluctuates between a crawl and a race in the second half, leaving some questions unanswered. Sullivan’s heavy reliance on contemporary references (including Winnie-the-Pooh, Star Wars, and Lost) is distracting, but his old-fashioned utopian allegory will please readers who share his views on same-sex love (he’s for it) and fascism (he’s against it). (Apr.)
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“Recommended for fans of Sullivan and those who enjoy speculative fiction with a touch of mystery.”
Library Journal

"This book made me laugh. It also made me cry. And in the end, it made me think. I highly recommend Hollow World for anyone looking for a book that brushes on and plays out some political and social issues we face today."
-SFFWorld

“A thoroughly enjoyable and engaging story with a satisfying philosophical edge elevating entirely.”
Interzone

“Highly recommended for science fiction fans. Also recommended if you are new to science fiction or even if you don’t necessarily consider yourself a fan of the genre, still try this because in terms of story enjoyment and literary value, this is a great book! “
Grimdark Reader, Peter Witvliet

“I definitely recommend this book to sci-fi fans and to fans of Sullivan’s other works. It was an excellent read.”
Hidden in Pages

“Full of impossible fantasy yet feeling entirely emotionally-true.... This is a superb time travelling tale, full of imagination and intrigue”
Nerds of a Feather

“These powerful questions that Sullivan explores about existence, love, and trials make Hollow World one of the deeper and enjoyable stories of 2014. Hollow World is a highly recommended time-travel story and a must read for anyone who loves the nostalgia of their first adventure into the possibilities of past and future.”
Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing

Hollow World is a simply fantastic read. Sullivan makes the wise choice of not focusing too much on the science behind his time-travelling story, allowing himself to craft a tale filled with richly detailed characters that readers will connect with easily."
Starburst

“[The] Hollow World by Michael Sullivan is a fascinating futuristic tale.”
Night Owl Sci-Fi

"Hollow World is so many things, but without a doubt, the best part about it is also its most obvious duality: that is it at once a light and entertaining read, but also heavy on important issues and philosophy. Most important of all, this story will make you think and feel. I absolutely loved it."
The Bibliosanctum

“...original and entertaining to read.”
Jetpack Dragon

“This short novel from Sullivan ("The Riyria Revelations" series) is an enjoyable look at a post-scarcity society in the future, with a man from our time highlighting the ways we might stay the same, even as the world around us changes.”
Library Journal

Hollow World is one of the best science fiction books I’ve read in a long time. Pick it up!”
Bibliophilic

“Masterful storytelling takes hold in Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan.... Hands down, this is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time.”
Literary Escapism

Hollow World is one more piece of evidence that Tachyon Publications is bringing some original and fascinating science fiction to readers.”
Lit/Rant

Hollow World by Michael Sullivan is one of the best time machine stories in years . . .”
—Christopher J. Garcia (The Drink Tank), interviewed at scyflynn.com

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"Filled with adventure and clever dialog and featuring a pair of not-quite-heroes whose loyalties to each other provide them with their greatest strength, this epic fantasy showcases the arrival of a master storyteller... A winning debut for fantasy lovers."
Library Journal

"Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship complete the formula for good old-fashioned escapist fun."
Publishers Weekly

"It's Lord of the Rings meets Pirates of the Caribbean."
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"The Crown Conspiracy is great fun and a romp end to end. Highly recommended."
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"Highly recommend it to all fans of fantasy.... I can’t wait to get my hands on the second omnibus, Rise of Empire."
——Civilian Reader

“Fantastically crafted.”
Book Probe

“The traveler in Hollow World leaps ahead with a time machine, yet in the midst of massive technological change and grand ambition more fundamental dreams and nightmares still exert a haunting force....giving a play of ideas of the harder edge that drives classic mystery, adventure, and science fiction.”
Locus

Library Journal
04/15/2014
Dying of cancer and unable to face the emptiness of his marriage after his son's death, engineer Ellis Rogers builds a time machine in his garage. Aiming for 200 years into the future, Ellis instead jumps forward 2,000 years. The first two people he encounters are strangely hairless and genderless, and Ellis watches in horror as one of them stabs and kills the other. A group comes to investigate, including the counselor Pax, who takes Ellis home with him. Pax tries to help Ellis acclimate to this new world where humanity has created elaborate new habitats below Earth's surface. But Ellis might be the only person who can find out why his arrival coincided with the first murder in a millennium. VERDICT This short novel from Sullivan ("The Riyria Revelations" series) is an enjoyable look at a post-scarcity society in the future, with a man from our time highlighting the ways we might stay the same, even as the world around us changes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616961831
Publisher:
Tachyon Publications
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
484,271
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)

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Excerpt from Hollow World, chapter four

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“Everyone just stay back.”

“Darwin—has to be.”

“Anyone see the attack?”

“No. I was the one who reported it—who requested help. We didn’t see it, though. They were like that when we found them.”

“And you’re part of the same group?”

“Gale University—I’m leading a class in ancient history. We were on a field trip.”

“All right, you can do us a favor and just continue with that. Stay clear of this side of the park, okay?”

“Is it really a Darwin?”

“We don’t know what we’re dealing with yet, so please give us room.”

Ellis opened his eyes and found the blue sky, now decorated with pretty balls of white cotton. The light was different, the sun having moved well to the west so that the trees and farmhouse were casting long shadows. His chest was better. He could breathe again, yet everything else felt sore.

“Pax—open eyes here.”

“Okay, everyone just relax.” The person speaking was the closest of those around him, but still about thirty feet away.

A dozen people had gathered near the old farmhouse, two standing closer than the rest and all looking identical. Each shared the same soft face with big, dark eyes, short noses, and tan-brown skin as if some Middle Eastern mother had popped out an Irish Catholic-sized brood of identical duodecaplets.

They were all dressed oddly, with several not dressed at all. Some just wore hats, or scarves, or coats. One was dressed all in bright yellow. Another had a full ensemble of red and white stripes—right down to shoes, which made Ellis think of Dr. Seuss. None of them had a single strand of hair, and just like the first pair of androgynous manikins, these new visitors also appeared to have been made by Mattel.

Ellis wondered if he was having a dream of the Wizard of Oz variety. Everyone looked vaguely like a bald version of the lady doctor who had told him he was going to die. Maybe he had never time traveled at all. Any minute he could wake up surrounded by Warren, Peggy, and the doctor so he could say, “And you were there, and you, and you.

“We should get more help,” said one of the two nearest, who wore just a satchel hanging from one shoulder, a frightened look, and a decorative tattoo. Both spoke in the same fashion as the others.

“Give me a minute, okay,” the closer of the two replied. He, she, or it wore a full set of clothes, at least. Some strange getup pulled from a Sherlock Holmes story consisting of a long black frock coat, silver vest, white trousers, wing shirt, gray tie, and a bowler hat. Maybe Ellis had accidentally crashed a wedding or really had gone back in time. So what if Hoffmann didn’t think it was possible.

“Pax! Don’t go near it. If that’s a Darwin, we don’t know what it’ll do. It’s already killed one person.”

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