By M. John Harrison
(Spectra, Mass Market Paperback, 9780553590869, 336pp.)
Publication Date: December 30, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Set in the unique world first featured in the award-winning Light, here is a story of love, murder, and intergalactic noir on the razor’s edge of the imagination, as envisioned by the incomparable M. John Harrison.
Not far from Moneytown, in a neighborhood of underground clubs, body-modification chop shops, adolescent contract killers, and sexy streetwalking Monas, you’ll find the Saudade Event Site: a zone of strange geography, twisted physics, and frightening psychic onslaughts. Vic Serotonin is an illegal “travel agent” into and out of Saudade. His latest client is a woman as unpredictable as the site itself—and maybe as dangerous. She wants a tour inside Saudade just as a troubling new class of biological artifacts have started leaving—living algorithms that are transforming the “real” world in unsettling ways. Pursued by a detective intent on collaring him for his illegal tours, and hunted by a gangster convinced that the travel agent has infected him with a rogue artifact, Vic must make one final trip as the universe around him rapidly veers toward viral chaos.
M. John Harrison is the award-winning author of eight previous novels and four collections of short stories. His fifth novel, Viriconium, was shortlisted for the Guardian Fiction Prize and his sixth, Climbers, won the Boardman Tasker Award. Light was recently awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Award and shortlisted for the 2002 Arthur C. Clarke Award.
“The miracle…Harrison performs is to expand the possibilities of perception.” — Guardian, UK
“Coloured by longing and wonder, Nova Swing is filled with a humanity that makes it as substantial as it is dazzling.” —Time Out, London
“A cross between J. G. Ballard’s intense, static The Drowned World and Arkady and Boris Strugatsky’s terrifying Roadside Picnic… memorable, perplexing and challenging in equal measure.” —Kirkus Reviews