Archform : Beauty

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Four centuries in the future, nanomachines watch the health of the wealthy and manufacture food and gadgets for everyone, but social problems persist. A singing teacher suffers for her music and fights bureaucracy and apathy. A news researcher can't help wondering about the real story behind the grim incidents that make the headlines. A police investigator, assigned to study trends, begins to see a truly sinister pattern in a series of seemingly unrelated crimes and deaths. A politician pursues his agenda, aids his constituents, fights the good fight and tries to get re-elected without compromising his principles. A ruthless businessman pursues his goal of making his family powerful, wealthy, and independent. Their disparate stories overlap, interweave, combine, and build into a tour de force of more

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 104.14 x 167.64 x 27.94mm | 158.76g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0765343649
  • 9780765343642
  • 671,680

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"Modesitt has outdone himself in this highly original science fiction novel... The brilliant novel is as thought-provoking as it is entertaining." - Publishers Weekly."show more

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Praise for the Science Fiction of L. E. Modesitt, Jr. Adiamante "Mr. Modesitt does not merely posit a threatened Utopia; he spells out in great detail the rules and regulations that govern daily life.... Because he dares to be explicit about first principles, the narrative assumes the shape of an intellectual suspense story: how can the manifestly decent people of Old Earth defend themselves against aggression without violating their deeply held beliefs? The answer is both morally persuasive and emotionally wrenching."-The New York Times "L. E. Modesitt, Jr., returns to hard SF--and it's been worth the wait. Adiamante is a rollicking adventure with a great moral dilemma at its core--the kind of novel that makes your heart beat faster while you're reading it, and yet leaves you pondering deep questions long after you've finished the last page. Immensely enjoyable and beautifully written--easily Modesitt's best yet."-Robert J. Sawyer The Parafaith War "With echoes of both Joe Haldeman's The Forever War and Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers dense, gritty, strong on technical detail."-Kirkus Reviews Of Tangible Ghosts "Meticulously extrapolated...Alternate world tales and espionage thrillers both demand an abundance of intricate detail to be convincing and Modesitt doesn't stint for either thread of his narrative." -Washington Post Book Worldshow more

About L. E. Modesitt

L. E. Modesitt, Jr., is the bestselling author of the fantasy series The Saga of Recluce, Corean Chronicles, and the Imager Portfolio. His science fiction includes Adiamante, the Ecolitan novels, and the Forever Hero Trilogy. Besides a writer, Modesitt has been a U.S. Navy pilot, a director of research for a political campaign, legislative assistant and staff director for a U.S. Congressman, Director of Legislation and Congressional Relations for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, a consultant on environmental, regulatory, and communications issues, and a college lecturer. He lives in Cedar City, more

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4 31% (203)
3 37% (241)
2 8% (51)
1 3% (18)
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