Title Stations Of The Tide (Nebula Award winner + signed copy).
Book Condition Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).
Edition First edition (& 1st printing).
Publisher William Morrow: NY. 1991.
0688104517 / 9780688104511
Seller ID 17696
Winner of the 1991 Nebula award for best novel. In:Broderick & Di Filippo, Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels (1985-2010) no 24. SIGNED BY THE AUTHOR.
''takes place centuries hence and far from Earth, on a planet quarantined from the higher technologies now controlled by a far-flung humanity. After a Prometheus/Caliban figure has stolen some of these technologies from the interstellar network that monitors quarantine, the protagonist descends to the planet, which is due to suffer a vast periodic climatic transformation, traces the ''thief'', and apprehends what it is necessary for him to apprehend -- the knowledge, the meaning of life on the planet, the meaning of his own existence, and a sense of how best (he is a Prospero figure) to relieve himself of power and servants. The complexity of this brief, dense, and fast-moving book is very considerable; and the interstellar network -- whose HQ takes the shape of a Renaissance Theatre of Memory -- is convincing in its own right and as a focus for the author's continued speculations about the refractions of identity in a world where autonomous subset personality-copies held on computers (they resemble the ''partials'' in Greg Bear's Eon ) do much of the work of being human'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).