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New Model Army
     

New Model Army

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by Adam Roberts
 

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    A nightmarish vision of future war from a literary master of SF.

   Adam Roberts' new novel is a terrifying vision of a near future war—a civil war that tears the UK apart as new technologies allow the worlds first truly democratic army to take on the British army and wrest control from the powers that be.   

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    A nightmarish vision of future war from a literary master of SF.

   Adam Roberts' new novel is a terrifying vision of a near future war—a civil war that tears the UK apart as new technologies allow the worlds first truly democratic army to take on the British army and 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 a novel that is 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 literary significance that is its due. A giant has brought war to England's heartland. He stalks across the fields and towns to the west of London. The British army has tried to destroy him but each time has has beaten them. When they bring in air support and deploy heavy weapons he simply melts away, only to form again somewhere else and deliver another devastating blow. Pantegral 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 Pantegral will choose to do. And Pantegral has chosen the joy of the fight. His fury is truly democratic. Adam Roberts' stunning new novel is a savage satire on on our capacity for war and a celebration of our need for love. It confirms his status as one of the most exciting voices writing today.

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Publishers Weekly
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.)
From the Publisher
'Comparable to Swift, Orwell and Atwood'—THE TIMES

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780575083639
Publisher:
Gollancz, Victor Limited
Publication date:
07/01/2011
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.12(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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 and selected for The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection. He also writes parodies, including Doctor Whom: E.T. Shoots and Leaves, The Sellamillion, and The Va Dinci Cod.

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