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Light by M. John Harrison
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Aug 31, 2004 | ISBN 9780553382952

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“Uproarious, breath-taking, exhilarating . . . This is a novel of full spectrum literary dominance. . . . It is a work of—and about—the highest order.”Guardian

“An increasingly complex and dazzling narrative . . . Light depicts its author as a wit, an awesomely fluent and versatile prose stylist, and an SF thinker as dedicated to probing beneath surfaces as William Gibson is to describing how the world looks when reflected in them. . . . SF fans and skeptics alike are advised to head towards this Light.”Independent

Light is a literary singularity: at one and the same time a grim, gaudy space opera that respects the physics, and a contemporary novel that unflinchingly revisits the choices that warp a life. It’s almost unbearably good.”—Ken MacLeod, author of Engine City

“At last M. John Harrison takes on quantum mechanics. The first classic of the quantum century, Light is a folded-down future history bound together by quantum exotica and human endurance. Taut as Hemingway, viscerally intelligent, startlingly uplifting, Harrison’s ideas have a beauty that unpacks to infinity.”—Stephen Baxter, award-winning author of Evolution and Coalescent

“Harrison’s novel is a cleverly assembled contemplation of how choices make lives and of opening quantum mechanical doors on bizarre potential futures.”Booklist

“Surely one of the best novels of the year . . . Deeply satisfying . . . the final chapters are a marvel of transcendence, reconciliation and redemption.”San Francisco Chronicle Books

“Brilliant, reality-bending SF . . . This is space opera for the intelligensia.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Succeeds in evoking the sense of wonder that science fiction readers look for in the best of the genre . . . Harrison brings an up-to-date sensibility to the hoary conceits of science fiction.”The New York Times Book Review

Light is mind-bending in both its conceptual framework and literary deftness.”Entertainment Weekly

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