Nova Swing

Nova Swing

by M. John Harrison
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Nova Swing by M. John Harrison

Years after Ed Chianese’s fateful trip into the Kefahuchi Tract, the tract has begun to expand and change in ways we never could have predicted—and, even more terrifying, parts of it have actually begun to fall to Earth, transforming the landscapes they encounter.

Not far from Moneytown, in a neighborhood of underground clubs, body-modification chop shops, adolescent contract killers, and sexy streetwalking Monas, you’ll find the Saudade Event Site: a zone of strange geography, twisted physics, and frightening psychic onslaughts—not to mention the black and white cats that come pouring out at irregular intervals.

Vic Serotonin is a “travel agent” into and out of Saudade. His latest client is a woman who’s nearly as unpredictable as the site itself—and maybe just as dangerous. She wants a tour just as a troubling new class of biological artifacts are leaving the site—living algorithms that are transforming the world outside in inexplicable and unsettling ways. Shadowed by a metaphysically inclined detective determined to shut his illegal operation down, Vic must make sense of a universe rapidly veering toward a virulent and viral form of chaos…and a humanity almost lost.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553904291
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2007
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 297,912
File size: 464 KB

About the Author

M. John Harrison is the award-winning author of eight previous novels and four collections of short stories. His fifth novel, Viriconium, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and his sixth, Climbers, won the Boardman Tasker Award. Light was recently awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Award and shortlisted for the 2002 Arthur C. Clarke Award.

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Nova Swing 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved 'Light' and waited eagerly for the sequal.... read it & nothing happens. If you want to read a well writen scifi book that centers on a bunch on characters dealing with inner-demons (in a boring way)this is the book for you ... not exciting, none of the burning questions from 'light' are answered, I finished the book disappointed and wishing I could get 3 days of my life and $16 back. READ 'Light' and forget about 'Nova Swing'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The 2nd book in the Kefahuchi Tract Trilogy, Nova Swing is a much different book than Light, but is still a very good read. Taking place entirely in 2444, on the beach beneath the ever uncertain wonder of the Kefahuchi Tract. Math is a substance, algorithms loose in the wild, frothing waves of nano substrates, endless possibilities in the unknown. Nova Swing is a very human tale of loss and redemption. Nuanced, elegant, brilliant.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SteelpenLS More than 1 year ago
The book is engagingly, if confusingly, written. The premise is a mash-up of "Roadside Picnic"* and standard 21st-century cyberpunk; I felt like I'd read it all before, except this time, I can't figure out what's happening. It's like the whole book is filled with fog. And I realize this is intentional, which shows that the author is a good one, but nevertheless I find it incredibly irritating. I like my plots to have resolutions, my characters to have motivations, and my phenomena to have explanations - I really enjoyed the book right up until the end, at which point I became completely unsatisfied. But hey, maybe ambiguity's your thing.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Years have passed since pilot Ed Chianese in 2400 AD crashed into the Kefahuchi Tract (see LIGHT) and a piece of the Tract fell to earth leading to a strange alien like phenomena that also brought early capitalism to the locale. Travel agent Vico ¿Vic¿ Serotonin escorts affluent ¿tourists¿ on illegal tours of the alien Saudade event site, where the universal laws of physics fail. This outlawed zone contains psychic phenomena that are more often unfriendly and other insanely encounters. Vic also runs an artifact smuggling operation. The law knows of both his illegal activities, but since no one has been hurt they ignore him as a small rascal not worth the cost of incarceration. Wealthy tourist Elizabeth Kielar hires Vic to take her inside the infamous Saudade. Once there, she vanishes. Obsessed over his dead wife and thinking the Saudade might help him with his need, police detective Lens Aschemann abruptly threatens Vic as reverse tourism seems to suddenly flow out of the event site to spend time at the dives surrounding the location. Meanwhile club owner Paulie DeRaad purchases from Vic a Saudade artifact, but once in his possession, the alien object seems to possess him as it begins to change him. All roads to and from Saudade eventually seem to converge on Vic. --- This entertaining strange science fiction Noir is not a direct sequel to LIGHT, but a sort of follow-up related but not very closely (think distant relative). The story line retains the grittiness of the previous tale whether it is the dumpy bars and tourist spots that surround the Saudade event site or just the interplay between the classy client and the roguish tour guide. Fans who appreciate something odd and weird in their futuristic tales will want to read NOVA SWING, as few novels are as enjoyable yet bizarre perhaps not since M. John Harrison shed LIGHT on quantum physics. --- Harriet Klausner