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- Publisher: Gollancz
- Format: Paperback | 288 pages
- Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 240g
- Publication date: 1 April 2015
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 057513061X
- ISBN 13: 9780575130616
- Sales rank: 314,862
An ambitious SF novel that is at once post-cyberpunk and post-modern. Complex, multi-layered, it combines hard science, tarot and images of late 20th-century Europe to make something utterly original. And introduces a memorable new heroine to the genre...Malise has a problem. She's come downwell to Earth, but years of space combat have ruined her: her muscles have wasted away, her past is a confused torture of events and her brain is wired to addictive military hardware that's illegal on Earth. But with an AI mining probe returning to Earth, having bred and grown until it is hundreds of miles across, Malise is in the firing line again. The probe is indestructible and it is insatiable for more metals. No one knows how to stop it. Malise doesn't know she has a blueprint for humanity's survival wired into her head.
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Simon Ings is the author of six previous novels and two non-fiction titles and has been published by both genre and literary lists. His debut novel HOT HEAD was widely acclaimed. He writes non-fiction for Faber, contributes to NEW SCIENTIST and is the editor of ARCFINITY magazine. He was born in 1965 and lives in London.
"A remarkable debut, full of startling imagery and set pieces of bizarrely inventive action." --Roz Kaveney, author, "Reading the Vampire Slayer"