Steel Skyby Andrew C. Murphy
Centuries after global disaster, the remnants of humanity endure in a world turned inside out, a bubble of steel in infinite stone. In the Hypogeum the very air is poison, invisible assassins cull the weak, and privacy is a thing of the past. At the top of this radically stratified society sits the Orcus family, corrupt and contentious, but heir to a secret that allows them to wield uncontested power until the appearance of a mythical, seemingly superhuman avenger disrupts their careful machinations. But behind his mask, the Winnower is a man haunted by his own misdeeds, as much in need of redemption as the people he seeks to champion. The Winnower’s arrival precipitates society’s collapse, and possibly an end to all of humanity save through the interactions of an unlikely confluence of characters: a reluctant dictator, a disfigured outcast, a defiant victim, and an enigmatic artificial intelligence. The true power of Steel Sky lies in the richness of these characters and their personal stories of ambition, bravery, revenge, and love.
“A great debut novel by a rising talent in science fiction... with a strong imagination and real storytelling verve.” — DAVID BRIN, New York Times bestselling author
"...borrows heavily from Heinlein and Orwell, its terse chapters and efficiently defined characters make for brisk reading." — PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY review
“Steel Sky is a compelling work at different levels, which is what makes it so entertaining... a variety of intriguing characters help readers explore a bizarre city that has lost its past and is unsure of its future. Those hoping to find a good story within the Hypogeum will not be disappointed!” — SUSAN DUNMAN, SF Site Featured Review
“Murphy has contrived a perfect blend of future shock (every bit as meticulous and inventive as, say, William F. Nolan's novel Logan's Run)... making this not just an above-average science fiction tale, but a superior novel, full stop.” — KILLIAN MELLOY, Edge Boston review
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Meet the Author
After a violent mugging in 1985, Andrew C. Murphy grew depressed and angry. He would later channel this energy into the creation of Steel Sky and the brutal, future world of the Hypogeum. In addition to writing novels and short fiction, Andrew is an illustrator, graphic designer, and the creative director of Brainworks Communications. An avid collector of comic books and old science fiction, he lives with his family in Penn Valley, Pennsylvania.
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After a series of global catastrophes, the Founders built the Hypogeum a city two kilometers underground. After almost over four centuries, it is vastly overcrowded, a quarter to a million people live in a place designed for fifty thousand. There are fourteen levels, and the higher the class designation a person is assigned the closer they live to the top of the city. The inhabitants have no idea there is a surface where people once lived or a real sun and moon.------------- The air outside the buildings of the Hypogeum is poisonous due to the toxic waste produced on the lower levels. People need respirators to breathe once they leave a building and the whole city is ruled by the corrupt Orcus whose heir Second Son is a weak bully and a sexual predator. The people are controlled by Orcus using a technology that only his family knows about. A feeling of hopelessness pervades the city until the mythical Winnower returns killing corrupt officials and giving hope to people who need a champion. He has no idea that his appearance will signal the destruction of civilization as he knows it.-------------- STEEL SKY is an imaginative work that draws the reader into the exciting, character driven storyline and keeps them there until they reach the end of the tale. The Hypogeum is a bleak place where euthanasia for the sick or destitute is mandatory and the human body is recycled for various needs of the city. It is an intricately detailed world that the readers can see in the mind¿s eye, a place that makes an impoverished war torn nation seem like paradise. Andrew C. Murphy is a gifted storyteller who creates characters that are a microcosm of humanity.----------- Harriet Klausner