Spectra Books, Paperback, 9780553383775, 362pp.
Publication Date: August 29, 2006
From acclaimed author Jon Courtenay Grimwood comes an exotic new novel that defies expectation at every turn. A mystery, a thriller, and a cutting-edge sci-fi adventure all in one, Stamping Butterflies bends time, genre, and consciousness itself to tell the spellbinding story of two worlds, three lives, one future–and the question upon which everything depends: who is dreaming whom....
From Marrakech to China’s Forbidden City, from a doomed starship carrying a cryogenically preserved crew to an island prison camp, the fate of the world is being played out in the minds of two dreamers. One, a would-be assassin obsessed with enigmatic equations, has set out to kill the U.S. President. The other is a young Chinese emperor ruling thousands of years in the future. Each believes he is dreaming the other. One must change the future; one must change the past. And time is running out for both.
Caught in the maelstrom is a motley cast of characters, each an unwitting key to the ultimate fate of both worlds: Moz, a resourceful young Marrakech street punk, and his half-German girlfriend, Malika; Jake Razor, a self-exiled rock star; and psychiatrist Katie Petrov, who finds herself racing against a looming death sentence to pry free the secret of her condemned patient–a secret with the power to restore hope to the future...or stamp it out forever.
“Grimwood’s hard-boiled prose reels you in like a velvet rope.”—Entertainment Weekly
"The author displays much cunning and wit as he grapples seriously with political themes."—Publishers Weekly
"Ambitious, deft and accomplished—confirms Grimwood's place amongst the very best of contemporary SF authors." —Iain Banks
"Fast yet humane, hip yet bizarre, futuristic yet embedded in the absolute present moment of the world, Jon Courtenay Grimwood's novels read like thrillers but maintain a kind of caring irony and clarity of political vision which not only make him one of the best of the new U.K. SF writers but suggest new directions for every kind of writing."—M. John Harrison
“Jon Courtenay Grimwood is a critical, crucial voice in modern Science Fiction.”—China Miéville
“A masterpiece. Jon Courtenay Grimwood is British SF's best kept secret. Now you can find out why.”—Charles Stross