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Arachne

Arachne

by Lisa Mason

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Overview

Lisa Mason's classic cyberpunk about an ambitious young mediator who must confront a terrifying presence haunting her telelink. From the author of Summer of Love, a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist, and The Gilded Age, a New York Times Notable Book.

High above the dangerous streets of post-quake San Francisco Island, mechanically modified professionals link minds in a cybernetic telespace to push through big deals and decisions at lightning speed. But unexplained telelink blackouts and bizarre hallucinations have marred mediator Carly Quester's debut appearance before a computer-generated Venue--forcing her to consider delicate psychic surgery at the hands of a robot therapist, Prober Spinner. And suddenly the ambitious young mediator is at risk in a deadly Artificial Intelligence scheme to steal human souls--because the ghosts of Carly's unconscious may be a prize well worth killing for.

"Powerful . . . Entertaining . . . Imaginative."
--People Magazine

"In humanity's daring to enter the cybernetic heaven (and hell) of telespace, Lisa Mason reveals the lineaments of all that is tragic and transcendent in our evolution. Once the journey into this vivid and terrifying future has begun, there is no returning until the infinite has been faced and the last word read."
--David Zindell, Author of Neverness

"Cybernetics, robotics, the aftermath of San Francisco's Big Quake II, urban tribalism--Lisa Mason combines them all with such deftness and grace, they form a living world. Mason spins an entertaining tale . . . She allows Carly's robotic allies a measure of personality and sophistication beyond the stock role of a chirping R2D2 or a blandly sinister Hal . . . Her characters and their world will stay with you long after you've finished this fine book."
--Locus, The Trade Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy

"Lisa Mason stakes out, within the cyberpunk sub-genre, a territory all her own."
--The San Francisco Chronicle

"Mason's endearing characters and their absorbing adventures will hook even the most jaded SF fan."
--Booklist

"Arachne is an impressive debut by a writer gifted with inventiveness, wit, and insight. The characters face choices well worth reading about. This is cyberpunk with a heart."
--Nancy Kress, Author of Brain Rose

"There is a refreshing amount of energy associated with Lisa Mason's writing. The good old values are there: fun, excitement, drama--but served up with new and original twists. Lisa Mason is definitely a writer to watch--and to read."
--Paul Preuss, Author of Venus Prime

"Lisa Mason must be counted among science fiction's most distinctive voices as we rush toward the new millennium."
--Ed Bryant


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Product Details

BN ID: 2940156922987
Publisher: Bast Books
Publication date: 08/28/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 300
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Lisa Mason is the author of eleven novels, including Summer of Love (Bantam), a San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Book and Philip K. Dick Award finalist, and The Golden Nineties (Bantam), a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book.

Mason published her first story, “Arachne,” in Omni and has since published short fiction in magazines and anthologies worldwide, including Omni, Full Spectrum, Universe, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, Unique, Transcendental Tales, Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Immortal Unicorn, Tales of the Impossible, Desire Burn, Fantastic Alice, The Shimmering Door, Hayakawa Science Fiction Magazine, Unter Die Haut, and others. Her stories have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Swedish. Her Omni story, “Tomorrow’s Child,” sold outright as a feature film to Universal Studios and is in development.

Lisa Mason lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, the artist and jeweler Tom Robinson. Visit her at Lisa Mason’s Official Website, follow her Official Blog, and follow her on her Facebook Author Page, on her Facebook Profile Page, on Goodreads, on LinkedIn, on Twitter at @lisaSmason, and at Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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