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Jan 29, 2019 | ISBN 9781785659225

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“a wonderfully imaginative story, the sort of thing Adam Roberts might write, or perhaps Christopher Priest: stories about history that didn’t happen but feels oddly like it did, and characters who are very different from us but at the same time very familiar. For those who don’t mind if their alternate worlds are liberally dosed with surrealism, this is likely to be a very special book.”
– Booklist Starred Review

“With varying perspectives and time lines, this complex work takes on mortality and prejudice through the lens of emotional connection. Ings crafts smart alternate history that takes a deep look at belief systems and the judgment of others based on perception. The use of genetic manipulation to create superior and lesser human species speaks to the bias that exists in the real world.” – Library Journal

“a book of alternate history unlike any you’ve ever encountered” – Barnes & Noble SFF Blog – Best of January

“a truly weird, profoundly intelligent science fiction novel that dares to extrapolate a richness of both wonders and horrors from our own modern world…prepare to be dazzled by its sheer inventiveness” – The Frumious Consortium

“Ings’s character-focused narrative makes this more accessible than a hard sf novel. The ideas that rise to the top are universal: social class distinctions, loneliness, and love” – Kirkus Reviews Best of January

“looks like one of the major SF novels of 2019” – Black Gate

“[the] prose is very eloquent…[with] the knack of turning a phrase to make it memorable” – Adventures in Poor Taste

“One of the brilliant aspects of the science fiction genre is the willingness to take risks…The Smoke by Simon Ings is the pinnacle of this concept” – Fangirl Nation

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