Terminal World

Terminal World

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Spearpoint, the last human city, is an atmosphere-piercing spire of vast size. Clinging to its skin are the zones, a series of semi-autonomous city-states, each of which enjoys a different - and rigidly enforced - level of technology. Horsetown is pre-industrial; in Neon Heights they have television and electric trains ...Following an infiltration mission that went tragically wrong, Quillon has been living incognito, working as a pathologist in the district morgue. But when a near-dead angel drops onto his dissecting table, Quillon's world is wrenched apart one more time, for the angel is a winged posthuman from Spearpoint's Celestial Levels - and with the dying body comes bad news. If Quillon is to save his life, he must leave his home and journey into the cold and hostile lands beyond Spearpoint's base, starting an exile that will take him further than he could ever imagine. But there is far more at stake than just Quillon's own survival, for the limiting technologies of the zones are determined not by governments or police, but by the very nature of reality - and reality itself is showing worrying signs of instability ...
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Product details

  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 160 x 244 x 46mm | 762.03g
  • Gollancz
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0575077182
  • 9780575077188
  • 109,619

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"[A] wildly imaginative genre stretcher. {Reynolds] tells his tale with such verve that you just keep turning the pages." -- Nevill Hawcock FINANCIAL TIMES "A rousing adventure in a widly original setting." -- Eric Brown THE GUARDIAN "This is sci-fi as an intellectual balancing act. We're offered airborne battles and plenty of action too. It's almost the most convincing steampunk novel you'll ever read." -- Jonathan Wright SFX "There are flashes of the energy that drives the big sequences in the Revelation Space trilogy." -- Maureen Kincaid Speller INTERZONE
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About Alastair Reynolds

Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a PhD in astronomy. He lived in the Netherlands whilst working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency, but is now a full-time writer living in Wales.
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4 39% (2,139)
3 29% (1,579)
2 8% (445)
1 2% (103)
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