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The dazzling pyrotechnics of British author Smith's last two future noir spectacles, Spares (under option to DreamWorks) and One of Us (under option to Warner Brothers), are prefigured in his promise-filled debut novel, a 1994 U.K. paperback original now seeing its first hardcover publication. Set in a stylized future City where individuals live in neighborhoods organically responsive to their moods and lifestyles, the story begins as a routine missing persons case for its narrator, Stark, an irreverent soft-boiled detective type who specializes in "finding people, or things." Stark's retrieval of Fell Alkland, a scientist who has fled the driven environment of Action Center for the placid Stable neighborhood, proves relatively easy. But pursuit by Action Center operatives and Alkland's crippling work-related nightmares force Stark and his quarry to escape to Jeamland, a collective repository of dreams and childhood memories that Stark appears to know very well, and to which, as he discovers only belatedly, he has been lured back deliberately. The genius of Smith's narrative is its casual revelation that the detective scenario and detailed elaborations of the City that pull the reader into the story are clue-filled set-ups for the real story of Stark's self-discovery in Jeamland. Ultimately, this requires chapters of explanatory exposition that slow down the finale and betray the awkwardness of a new writer growing into his skills. Nevertheless, the story blazes with a visionary intensity that fires its imagery and fuels its premise that "once you've gone forward, you can't go home again." (Dec.)Philip K. Dick award for distinguished science fiction published as a paperback original in the U.S.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
When a senior member of Action Center disappears, the authorities hire Stark to find him. Stark succeeds in his mission"and then the trouble begins. The author of Spares sets his latest sf action thriller in a color-coded near future, where independent neighborhoods vie for dominance in a dangerous and deadly high-tech world. Smith combines a whirlwind plot with a genially laconic hero to produce a fast-paced tale that belongs in large sf collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
Permanently outside the box. Wholly unique. You will not read a story like this again. I recommend this book to everyone.Published 8 months ago by TemetNosce73
Every time I pick up this book, I have to postpone all other reading until it's finished again, anticipating the adventure and world written therein. I suggested Mr. Read morePublished on July 2 2012 by canadianmirth
disclaimer: i've never written an amazon book review before. i think they're usually just fan letters and don't provide honest insight. Read morePublished on June 30 2004
If you are into science fiction you will like this book. It is a complex and rewarding story, taking you through many weird settings. Read morePublished on May 25 2004
If you're going to read one MMS book make it Only Forward. It's his most original and entertaining work.Published on Feb. 29 2004
The first part of the book is good, when Stark is looking for Alkland, but when Stark decides that Alkland has a problem with his dreams the book is boring and so it keeps till the... Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2003 by Jorge Frid
First off let me clarify one thing: This book is both science fiction and fantasy. If you're a fantasy fan, you probably won't have any trouble with this book. Read morePublished on April 18 2003 by Yet Another Amazon Customer
Friend of mine gave me this books to read. One of the best sci-fi I have ever read. Amazing story. Very close to cyberpunk kind of style.Published on Dec 2 2002