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From a literary master of SF comes a savage satire on our capacity for war and a celebration of our need for love

A giant has brought war to the fields and towns of England's heartland. When the British army brings in air support and deploys heavy weapons he simply melts away, only to form again somewhere else and deliver another devastating blow. He is called Pantegrel, and he is a New Model Army—a giant whose thoughts flow through countless wireless ...

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Overview

From a literary master of SF comes a savage satire on our capacity for war and a celebration of our need for love

A giant has brought war to the fields and towns of England's heartland. When the British army brings in air support and deploys heavy weapons he simply melts away, only to form again somewhere else and deliver another devastating blow. He is called Pantegrel, and he is a New Model Army—a giant whose thoughts flow through countless wireless connections, whose intelligence comes from the internet and real-time camera updates, whose mind is made up of thousands of minds, each deciding what he will choose to do. He has chosen the joy of the fight, and his fury is truly democratic—he is me and you. This is a terrifying vision of a near future war as new technologies allow the world's first truly democratic army to wrest control from the powers that be. Taking advances in modern communication and the new eagerness for power from the bottom upwards, Adam Roberts has produced at once an exciting war novel and a philosophical examination of war and democracy. It shows an exciting and innovative literary voices working at the height of his powers and investing SF with the literary significance that is its due.

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Previously published in the U.K. to critical praise, Roberts's new dystopia is set in a United Kingdom dissolving into civil disorder thanks to Celtic nationalism and a new military approach that has made it possible for small, democratically run military units to defeat much larger, better-funded armies. A unit called Pantregral, an innovative but inherently destructive social organism, wreaks havoc and then evolves into a sophisticated new state. Before digressing into soap opera midway through the story, Roberts (Yellow Blue Tibia) makes this ludicrous thesis appear possible, at least as long as the reader never considers issues of logistics or the downsides of soldiers acting as one another's untrained field medics. Roberts's hand-waving has its charm, and while the sudden transformation at the end of the book is not as dramatic as it might have been, it provides a functional-enough ending to this fast-paced, implausible tale. (Sept.)
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"The brilliantly detailed concept is balanced by terrific action scenes in the 'suburban catastrophe' style of H. G. Wells or J. G. Ballard."  —Scotsman on Sunday

"Adam Roberts, intellectual enfant terrible of British SF . . . transforms what might have been a conventional war story into a series of investigations into the nature of democracy, love, war and, ultimately, revolution."  —Guardian

"Should have won the 2009 Booker Prize."  —Kim Stanley Robinson, author, Red Mars, on Yellow Blue Tibia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780575083615
  • Publisher: Gollancz, Victor Limited
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Roberts is a novelist whose titles include GradisilSalt, Swiftly, and Yellow Blue Tibia. His work has been nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. He also writes parodies, including Doctor Whom: E.T. Shoots and Leaves, The Sellamillion, and The Va Dinci Cod.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2011

    Nook version?

    Once again, a novel that's available on Kindle but not Nook. And this is sci-fi/speculative fiction...is there any genre whose readers are more likely to own an e-reader? Come on, B&N, get with it.

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