The Stone Canal

The Stone Canal : Book Two: The Fall Revolution Series

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'There is more than a hint of a heroic ethic here, though the hero in question may be more like Milton's Satan than Captain Future. As much fun as [MacLeod's] books provide, it's that fierceness, that seriousness of purpose, that powers their engines and makes me want to read on.' - Locus

'McLeod is writing revolutionary SF . . . A nova has appeared in our sky.' - Kim Stanley Robinson

Life on New Mars is tough for humans, but death's only a minor inconvenience. The machines know their place, and only the Abolitionists object.

Until a young man walks into Ship City, a clone who remembers Jon Wilde's life as an anarchist with nuclear capability, who was accused of losing World War 3. He also remembers Dave Reid, the city's boss, who haunts Wilde's memory to the end ... a cold death in Kazakhstan. In Reid's cyborg concubine, Dee Model, both men see the image of their obsessions, and information that wants to be free. But she has ideas of her own ...

THE STONE CANAL moves from the recent past into a distant future, where long lives and strange deaths await those who survive the wars and revolutions to come.

The acclaimed second novel in the Fall Revolution sequence.

Books by Ken MacLeod:

Fall Revolution
The Star Fraction
The Stone Canal
The Cassini Division
The Sky Road

Engines of Light
Cosmonaut Keep
Dark Light
Engine City

Corporation Wars Trilogy

The Human Front
Newton's Wake
Learning the World
The Execution Channel
The Restoration Game
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 108 x 178 x 38mm | 240g
  • Orbit
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1841490601
  • 9781841490601
  • 431,723

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Another wonderfully knotty, inventive, intelligent yarn, if top-heavy with political minutiae that even dyed-in-the-wool Anglophiles will have a hard time deciphering. -- KIRKUS REVIEWS MacLeod's writing is smooth and sure, full of striking images and breathtaking extrapolations of current technology. It's a pleasure and a challenge to read a book where human potential and human foibles are dealt with as thoroughly as is scientific advancement. Fans of William Gibson and of Iain Banks, in particular, will enjoy this visionary novel. -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY This man's going to be a major writer * Iain M. Banks * Plenty of clever surprises... a compelling read * STARBURST * MacLeod's ideas are always interesting and his descriptive prose is elegant, deceptively simple and extremely vivid * SFX * MacLeod's offbeat imagination and witty narrative make this a rewarding read * NEW SCIENTIST *
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About Ken MacLeod

Since graduating from Glasgow University in 1976, Ken MacLeod has worked as a computer analyst in Edinburgh. He now writes full time.
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1,453 ratings
3.89 out of 5 stars
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4 45% (649)
3 24% (347)
2 4% (65)
1 1% (18)
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