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The Revolutions

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Following his spectacularly reviewed Half-Made World duology, Felix Gilman pens a sweeping stand-alone tale of Victorian science fiction, arcane exploration, and planetary romance in The Revolutions.

In 1893, young journalist Arthur Shaw is at work in the British Museum Reading Room when the Great Storm hits London, wreaking unprecedented damage. In its aftermath, Arthur's newspaper closes, owing him money, and all his debts come due at once. His fiance Josephine takes a job as a stenographer for some of the fashionable spiritualist and occult societies of fin de siecle London society. At one of her meetings, Arthur is given a job lead for what seems to be accounting work, but at a salary many times what any clerk could expect. The work is long and peculiar, as the workers spend all day performing unnerving calculations that make them hallucinate or even go mad, but the money is compelling.

Things are beginning to look up when the perils of dabbling in the esoteric suddenly come to a head: A war breaks out between competing magical societies. Josephine joins one of them for a hazardous occult exploration-an experiment which threatens to leave her stranded at the outer limits of consciousness, among the celestial spheres.

Arthur won't give up his great love so easily, and hunts for a way to save her, as Josephine fights for survival...somewhere in the vicinity of Mars.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 413 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 453.59g
  • St. Martin's Press
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0765337193
  • 9780765337191

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"Gilman's interplanetary adventure, occult thriller, and all-round ripping yarn follows the struggles of a young Victorian couple in the grip of dastardly intrigue...A remarkable, hugely enjoyable performance."--Publishers Weekly

"Gilman's descriptive powers are as economical as they are vivid, beautifully capturing the spirit of fin de siecle society."--NPR
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About Felix Gilman

FELIX GILMAN has been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award and the Locus Award for best new writer. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Thunderer, Gears of the City, and The Half-Made World, which was listed by Amazon as one of the ten best SF/F novels of 2010. He lives with his family in New York City.
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Rating details

729 ratings
3.21 out of 5 stars
5 9% (66)
4 31% (228)
3 37% (269)
2 18% (131)
1 5% (35)
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