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The Carpet Makers

The Carpet Makers

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By (author) Andreas Eschbach, Introduction by Orson Scott Card

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  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Format: Paperback | 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 210mm x 20mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 31 March 2006
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0765314908
  • ISBN 13: 9780765314901
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 441,301

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Since the time of prehistory, carpet makers have tied intricate knots to form carpets for the court of the Emperor. These carpets are made from the hairs of their makers' wives and daughters; they are so detailed and fragile that each carpet- maker finishes only one single carpet in his entire lifetime. This art has descended from father to son since the beginning of time itself. But, one day, the empire of the God Emperor vanish...and strangers begin to arrive from the stars in search of the hair carpets. What these strangers discover is beyond all belief, more than anything they could have ever imagined...

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"Andreas Eschbach "was born 1959 in Ulm, Germany. In 1996, his first novel, "Die Haarteppichknupfer" ("The Hair Carpet Makers"), won one of the highest awards of German science fiction, the SFCD-Literaturpreis. His second novel, "Solarstation," won the other great German science fiction award, the Kurd Lawitz Preis. His third novel, "Jesus Video," won both of them, became a nationwide bestseller in 2000, and was turned into a movie in 2002. His first translation into another language was in 1998, when "Die Haarteppichknupfer" was published in France as "Des milliards des tapis de cheveux." It was not only the first German science fiction novel to be published in France after 18 years, it also won two literary prizes in France and Belgium. Several novels and short stories have been translated since then, into French, Italian, Czech, Japanese, Russian, and Turkish. Eschbach currently lives on the French Atlantic coast with his family.

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"Eschbach's first novel will blow you away. Yes, it's that good."--"Analog""A considerable achievement, and one that suggests the presence of a world-class SF voice that we ought to know about."--"Locus""Enthusiastically introduced by no less than Orson Scott Card, this far-future novel does credit to everyone concerned, starting with its German author... Despite being broken into short episodes, the novel is one fluidly integrated story. Eschbach is likely to become an international phenomenon."--"Booklist""With his first work Eschbach shows that the German SF is not dead."--Olive Faulhaber on "The Carpet Makers""Andreas Eschbach is one of the most acclaimed sf writers to emerge in Germany in the past decade."--"The Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy" on "The Carpet Makers""Andreas Eschbach is a phenomenon."--Lesen & Leute on "The Carpet Makers""Eschbach: take it and read it." --Frank Schirrmacher, FAZ on "The Carpet Makers ""Andreas Eschbach is incontestably the shooting star of the German SF scene."--"Heyne Science Fiction Yearbook" on "The Carpet Makers"