The Echo

The Echo

  • Hardback
By (author) James Smythe


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The stunning sequel to James Smythe's critically acclaimed literary sci-fi novel The Explorer. TWENTY YEARS following the spacecraft Ishiguro's disappearance, humanity is setting its sights on the heavens once more. Under the direction of two of the most brilliant minds science has ever seen - twin brothers Tomas and Mirakel Hyvonen - this space programme has been tasked with one of the most difficult missions in its history: to study what is being called 'the anomaly' - a vast blackness of space thought to be responsible for the loss of the Ishiguro. But as the anomaly tests Mira and the rest of the hand-picked crew's sanity, Tomas will have to use all his ingenuity if he is to save his brother and their mission.

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 144 x 218 x 32mm | 439.99g
  • 16 Jan 2014
  • HarperCollins Publishers
  • HarperVoyager
  • London
  • 0007456794
  • 9780007456796
  • 705,363

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James Smythe is the winner of the Wales Fiction Book of the Year 2013, and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2014. He is the author of THE EXPLORER, the first book in The Anomaly Quartet, as well as the novels THE TESTIMONY, THE MACHINE and NO HARM CAN COME TO A GOOD MAN. James lives in London and teaches creative writing. He can be found on Twitter @jpsmythe

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'Creepy, compulsive Science Fiction' Metro 'Science Fiction for those who don't think they like it' Independent 'A tightly knotted, expertly constructed space trip of a read' Guardian 'The Explorer has the dreamlike detachment of an Ishiguro novel... reminiscent of a 1970s space movie, where the darkness of the void mirrors the darkness of the human soul' Financial Times 'Beautifully written, creepy as hell. The Explorer is as clever in its unravelling as it is breathlessly claustrophobic' Lauren Beukes, author of THE SHINING GIRLS 'A wonderful examination of coping with loss, time and death' SFX 'It's like an episode of Star Trek written by JM Coetzee' Guardian

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