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Stations Of The Tide (Nebula Award winner + signed copy)., Swanwick,  Michael

Author Name    Swanwick, Michael

Title   Stations Of The Tide (Nebula Award winner + signed copy).

Binding   Hardcover.

Book Condition   Fine copy in a fine dustjacket (as new).

Edition   First edition (& 1st printing).

Publisher    William Morrow: NY. 1991.

ISBN Number    0688104517 / 9780688104511

Inscription   Signed

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 [1985]) do much of the work of being human'' (John Clute/Encyclopedia of SF).

Price = 75.00 GBP



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