Your cart

Your cart is empty

Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Science fiction

Not currently available

Nova Swing (Paperback) Loot Price: R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 You Save: R22 (14%)
Nova Swing (Paperback): M. John Harrison
Nova Swing (Paperback): M. John Harrison

Share your images

Nova Swing (Paperback)

M. John Harrison

Series: Gollancz S.F.

 (2 ratings, sign in to rate)
List price R160 Loot Price R138 Discovery Miles 1 380 You Save R22 (14%)

Bookmark and Share

Supplier out of stock. If you add it to your wishlist we will send you an email should it become available again.

Not a sequel to, rather a consequence of, Harrison's eerie space opera, Light (2004). When a piece of the mysterious alien Kefahuchi Tract crashed into the city Saudade, it created a weird event site to which people are drawn in the hope of gaining a glimpse of realities beyond human comprehension. Those that enter the site are changed, contaminated or absorbed by the strangeness inside. Some never come out at all. Others merely want to have sex within sight of it. Meanwhile, things emerge too: "cats," who later return as mysteriously as they came; "people," who sing and dance and attempt to have sex only to fade and vanish; or metamorphosing objects such as that retrieved by "entradista" Vic Serotonin. Ineffectually patrolling the borderlands are the Site Crime police, led by Albert Einstein look-alike detective Lens Aschemann, whose need to understand his dead wife transforms into an obsession with the site itself. Vic sells his artifact to gangster Paulie DeRaad, unaware that it's contaminated by malignant code. Some of the emerging "people" persist and take on human qualities; Elizabeth Kielar, Vic's current client, may be one of these, as Aschemann's late wife also may have been. Other folk, like burned-out ex-starship pilot Fat Antoyne and bar owner Liv Hula, avoid the trap the site represents and content themselves with contemplating the rain, the cats and the behavior of those around them. There are consequences for all the characters, and eventually the novel - so dense, demanding and intelligent that it reads as if it were four times the length - insinuates them.A cross between J. G. Ballard's intense, static The Drowned World and Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's terrifying Roadside Picnic. The upshot: This science-fiction noir cum literary and social criticism is memorable, perplexing and challenging in equal measure. (Kirkus Reviews)
It is some time after Ed Chianese's trip into the Kefahuchi Tract. A major industry of the Halo is now tourism. The Tract has begun to expand and change, but, more problematically, parts of it have also begun to fall to earth, piecemeal, on the Beach planets. We are in a city called Raintown, perhaps on New Venusport or Motel Splendido: next to the city is the event site, the zone, from out of which pour new, inexplicable artefacts, organisms and escapes of living algorithm - the wrong physics loose in the universe. They can cause plague and change. An entire department of the local police, Site Crime, exists to stop them being imported into the city by adventurers, entradistas, and the men known as 'travel agents', profiteers who can manage - or think they can manage -the bad physics, skewed geographies and psychic onslaughts of the event site. But now a new class of semi-biological artefact is finding its way out of the site, and this may be more than anyone can handle.


Imprint: Gollancz
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Gollancz S.F.
Release date: December 2006
Authors: M. John Harrison
Dimensions: 234 x 153mm (L x W)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 978-0-575-07028-8
Barcode: 9780575070288
Categories: Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Science fiction
LSN: 0-575-07028-5

Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate? Let us know about it.

Does this product have an incorrect or missing image? Send us a new image.

Is this product missing categories? Add more categories.

Review This Product

No reviews yet - be the first to create one!

Loyalty partners