The Secret of Life
2026: Something is growing in the Pacific Ocean, a strange fungus-like organism that may threaten our entire food chain. Christened "the slick," the bizarre phenomenon is quickly the subject of intense, top-secret analysis-which rapidly reveals that it contains DNA unlike that of any other life on the planet. Where is it from? A Chinese mission to Mars is rumored to have discovered life beneath the Martian icecap, but the Chinese aren't talking. Dr. Mariella Anders is recruited by NASA to join an urgent mission to the Red Planet to find out. Brilliant and committed to science, Mariella wants only the truth, but others' motives are less noble. Faced with corporations, activist groups, and superpowers, each with their own secret agendas, Mariella is on a perilous quest for knowledge. . .and she's about the discover the high price of truth.
- 109.22 x 167.64 x 30.48mm | 204.12g
- 19 May 2002
- Pan Macmillan South Africa
- Pan MacMillan
- Illovo, South Africa
"Any novel by McAuley is an event to be met with cheers. But even for McAuley, this is the big one. Fast, intense, and right on the edge of the headlines!" -Greg Bear "An exhililrating, terrifying ride through tomorrow's zeitgeist... a telling page-turning." -Stephen Baxter "Thsi could well be the McAukey novel that break throgh to a wider audience." -"Starlog"
About Paul McAuley
Paul McAuley was born in England on St George's Day 1955. He has worked as a research biologist in various universities, including Oxford and UCLA, and for six years was a lecturer in botany at St Andrews University. The first short story he ever finished was accepted by the American magazine Worlds of If, but the magazine folded before publishing it and he took this as a hint to concentrate on an academic career instead. He started writing again during a period as a resident alien in Los Angeles, and is now a full time writer. His first novel, "Four Hundred Billion Stars," won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, and fifth, "Fairyland," won the 1995 Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell Awards. His other novels include "Of the Fall, Eternal Light, Red Dust, Pasquale's Angel," the three books of "Confluence, Child of the River, Ancients of Days, "and "Shrine of Stars, The Secret of Life, Whole Wide World," and the forthcoming White Devils. He has also published two collections of short stories, "The King of the Hill," and "The Invisible Country." A Doctor Who novella, the "Eye of the Tyger," is due from Telos Books in November 2003, forty years after the author was scared behind the couch by the Daleks, and a third short story collection, "Little Machines" will be published by PS Publishing in 2004. He lives in North London.