Paradox

Paradox

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by John Meaney
     
 

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Centuries of self-imposed isolation have transformed Nulapeiron into a world unlike any other - a world of vast subterranean cities maintained by extraordinary organic technologies. For the majority of its peoples, however such wonders have little meaning. Denied their democratic rights and restricted to the impoverished lower levels, they are subjected to the brutal…  See more details below

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Centuries of self-imposed isolation have transformed Nulapeiron into a world unlike any other - a world of vast subterranean cities maintained by extraordinary organic technologies. For the majority of its peoples, however such wonders have little meaning. Denied their democratic rights and restricted to the impoverished lower levels, they are subjected to the brutal law of the Logic Lords and the Oracles, supra-human beings whose ability to truecast the future maintains the status quo.

But all this is about to change.

In a crowded marketplace a mysterious, beautiful woman is brutally cut down by a militia squad's graser fire. Amongst the horrified onlookers is young Tom Corcorigan. He recognizes her. Only the previous day she had presented him with a small, seemingly insignificant info-crystal. And only now, as the fire in the dying stranger's obsidian eyes fades, does he comprehend who - or what - she really was: a figure from legend, one of the fabled Pilots.

What Tom has still to discover is that his crystal holds the key to understanding mu-space, and so to freedom itself. He doesn't know it yet, but he has been given a destiny to fulfill - nothing less than the rewriting of his future, and that of his world...

Spectacularly staged, thrillingly written and set in a visionary future, Paradox places John Meaney at the forefront of science fiction in this new century.

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Paradox, the first installment of British author John Meaney's Nulapeiron Sequence trilogy, is a cerebral science fiction thriller of the highest order. In a subterranean world where an elite few rule over an oppressed and often brutalized populace, can one impoverished young man topple the entire system -- and attain revenge -- with just his intellect?

When Tom Corcorigan, a resident of one of the lower (and poorer) underground strata of the planet Nulapeiron, is given a strange data-crystal by a mysterious woman with obsidian eyes, his purposeless existence is forever changed. The woman turns out to be a Pilot, one of the legendary navigators of the mu-space pathways between worlds, and her few words to Tom are as understated as they are prophetic: "Life is a mortal pilgrimage, my friend." When his mother is abducted shortly thereafter by an all-powerful Oracle (whose ability to truecast the future has kept the status quo for centuries) and his father is killed, Tom sets out on an improbable quest to somehow murder a man who knows the future.

A substantial novel in every sense of the word, Paradox incorporates numerous scientific disciplines and concepts (quantum chaos theory, fractal calculus, organic technology, etc.), profound existential analysis, various martial arts philosophies, and even the timeless insights of Sun Tzu. Published in England in 2000 and shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association's Best Novel Award, Paradox had to wait five years for its U.S. release. Why did it take so long for American publishers to discover the man that Robert J. Sawyer calls "one of the most original voices, and most insightful thinkers, the genre has ever produced"? The book's title is self-explanatory. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591027959
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
09/09/2010
Series:
Nulapeiron Sequence , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
874,695
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

John Meaney is the author of four novels - To Hold Infinity, Paradox, Context, and Resolution, the latter three titles constituting the Nulapeiron Sequence. He also has numerous short fiction publication credits. His novelette "Sharp Tang" was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Association Award in 1995, and To Hold Infinity and Paradox were on the BSFA shortlists for Best Novel in 1999 and 2001 respectively. His novella "The Whisper of Disks" was included in the 2003 Years Best Science Fiction: Twentieth Annual Collection. The Times called John Meaney "The first important new SF writer of the 21st century." Meaney has a degree in physics and computer science, and holds a black belt in Shotokan Karate. He lives in Kent.

More on John Meaney can be found at: johnmeaney.tripod.com

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Paradox 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Zalen_Redlaw More than 1 year ago
Although the story kept me intrigued and wondering what was going to happen next, it takes a long time, very near the end of the book for that matter, for the plot to manifest itself. In the mean time the storyline follows the protagonist, Tom, on a 14 year journey and his doings in that time, wherein he goes from rags-to-riches, and back-sorta. The technology and sciences were quite intriguing, although many things were never explained-you just have to get a feel for it as you read along, sorta like being dumped in a foreign country and learning the language over time. Speaking of foreign languages, I really enjoyed how Meaney interwove multiple languages into the story. Interestingly enough, of the few languages I speak and dabble in, I was able to understand quite a bit of the un-translated bits of languages he inserted in the story. Although this story is a not a traditional page-turner, it kept me going, if for nothing else than to find out what happens next, as well as when the true plot would be made manifest. Will I read the next installment, most likely. This one leaves you hanging. Osu, Neko-sama.