The Revolutions

The Revolutions

By Felix Gilman

Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765337177, 413pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2014


Following his spectacularly reviewed "Half-Made World" duology, Felix Gilman pens a sweeping stand-alone tale of Victorian science fiction, arcane exploration, and planetary romance.

In 1893, young journalist Arthur Shaw is at work in the British Museum Reading Room when the Great Storm hits London, wreaking unprecedented damage. In its aftermath, Arthur's newspaper closes, owing him money, and all his debts come due at once. His fiance Josephine takes a job as a stenographer for some of the fashionable spiritualist and occult societies of fin de siecle London society. At one of her meetings, Arthur is given a job lead for what seems to be accounting work, but at a salary many times what any clerk could expect. The work is long and peculiar, as the workers spend all day performing unnerving calculations that make them hallucinate or even go mad, but the money is compelling.

Things are beginning to look up when the perils of dabbling in the esoteric suddenly come to a head: A war breaks out between competing magical societies. Josephine joins one of them for a hazardous occult exploration-an experiment which threatens to leave her stranded at the outer limits of consciousness, among the celestial spheres.

Arthur won't give up his great love so easily, and hunts for a way to save her, as Josephine fights for survival...somewhere in the vicinity of Mars.

About the Author
FELIX GILMAN has been nominated for the John W. Campbell and Locus awards for best new writer. He is the author of the critically acclaimed "Thunderer" and" Gears of the City, "and" The Half-Made World, "which was listed by Amazon as one of the ten best SFF novels of 2010." "He lives with his wife in New York City.

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