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    The Echo (Hardback) By (author) James Smythe

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    DescriptionThe stunning sequel to James Smythe's critically acclaimed literary sci-fi novel The Explorer. TWENTY YEARS following the disappearance of the infamous Ishiguro - the first manned spacecraft to travel deeper into space than ever before - humanity are setting their sights on the heavens once more. Under the direction of two of the most brilliant minds science has ever seen - that of identical twin brothers Tomas and Mirakel Hyvonen - this space craft has a bold mission: to study what is being called 'the anomaly' - a vast blackness of space into which the Ishiguro disappeared. Between them Tomas (on the ground, guiding the mission from the command centre) and Mira (on the ship, with the rest of the hand-picked crew) are leaving nothing to chance. But soon these two scientists are to learn that there are some things in space beyond our understanding. As the anomaly begins to test the limits of Mira's comprehension - and his sanity - will Tomas be able to save his brother from being lost in space too?


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    Title
    The Echo
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James Smythe
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 144 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 440 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780007456796
    ISBN 10: 0007456794
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: SCI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.2
    BIC subject category V2: FL
    BISAC V2.8: FIC028000
    DC23: 823.92
    Thema V1.0: FL
    BIC E4L: SCF
    Publisher
    HarperCollins Publishers
    Imprint name
    HarperVoyager
    Publication date
    16 January 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    James Smythe is the winner of the Wales Fiction Book of the Year 2013 and shortlisted nominee for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2014. He is the author of the Anomaly Quartet which includes The Explorer and The Echo. James currently lives in London and teaches creative writing. Twitter @jpsmythe
    Review quote
    'It's like an episode of Star Trek written by JM Coetzee' Guardian 'The Explorer has the dreamlike detachment of an Ishiguro novel' 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 'As you marvel at this twist-laden deep-space exploration thriller, it's hard not to draw comparisons with Duncan Jones' film Moon' Shortlist 'A fascinating character study that could only exist in a science-fictional world' io9.com 'The SF novel everyone should read' Foyles