Holy Fire

Holy Fire

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The 21st century is coming to a close, and the medical-industrial complex dominates the world economy. It is a world of synthetic memory drugs, benevolent government surveillance, underground anarchists, and talking canine companions. Power is in the hands of conservative senior citizens who have watched their health and capital investments with equal care, gaining access to the latest advancements in life-extension technology. Meanwhile, the young live on the fringes of society, eking out a meager survival on free government-issued rations and a black market in stolen technological gadgetry from an earlier, less sophisticated age.Mia Ziemann is a ninety-four-year-old medical economist who enjoys all the benefits of her position. But a deathbed visit with a long-ago ex-lover and a chance meeting with a young bohemian dress designer brings Mia to an awful revelation. She has lived her life with such caution that it has been totally bereft of pleasure and adventure. She has one chance to do it all over. But first she must submit herself to a radical - and painful - experimental procedure that promises to make her young again. The procedure is not without risk and her second chance at life will not come without a price. And afterward she will have to escape her team of medical keepers.Hitching a ride on a plane to Europe, Mia sets out on a wild intercontinental quest in search of spiritual gratification, erotic revelation, and the thing she missed most of all: the holy fire of the creative experience. She joins a group of outlaw anarchists whose leader may be the man of her dreams - or her undoing. Worst of all, Mia will have to undergo one last radical procedure that could cost her a second life.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 326 pages
  • 146 x 210 x 26mm | 399.16g
  • Bantam USA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0553099582
  • 9780553099584

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"A haunting and lyrical triumph."

Praise for Bruce Sterling's previous novel Heavy Weather:

"Brilliant...fascinating...exciting...a full compliment of thrills."
--The New York Review of Science Fiction

"Read this story at two levels: one for enjoyment, one for contemplation. Those who ignore the future are condemned to live it."
--Donald Norman, Apple Fellow, Apple Computer Inc.

From the Paperback edition.
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4 39% (815)
3 30% (641)
2 7% (158)
1 2% (36)
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