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British author MacLeod's second novel to be published in the U.S. (after The Cassini Division) opens on New Mars, a distant planet discovered on the other side of a wormhole, where humans resettled after Earth was decimated by World War III. While New Mars is populated by Earthlings, the planet's real labor is done by the "fast folk," nanotech-based artificial intelligence machines that evolve much more quickly than humans. This stratified world was built unwittingly by Jon Wilde and Dave Reid, who met as socialist-minded university students in Glasgow and became two corners of a romantic triangle that later influenced history in myriad ways. MacLeod weaves the story of the two men's complex relationship along two tracks, past and present. In the past, Wilde and Reid both fell for the same woman; Wilde eventually married her and raised a family. In the meantime, Reid built a powerful high-tech company that could grow no further without some changes in the political climate--changes that Wilde is hired to help create. The fallout from this alliance and from Reid's own hidden agenda ultimately lead to the world war and to a reliance on machine intelligence, as well as to the creation of a world where death is impossible as long as you have a waiting clone and a recent brain backup. Thanks to that resurrection technology, Wilde and Reid face each other as enemies again on New Mars. MacLeod's writing is smooth and sure, full of striking images and breathtaking extrapolations of current technology. It's a pleasure and a challenge to read a book where human potential and human foibles are dealt with as thoroughly as is scientific advancement. Fans of William Gibson and of Iain Banks, in particular, will enjoy this visionary novel. (Jan.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Filled with memories of his past, the clone Jonathan Wilde arrives on New Mars, where he rediscovers old loves and older enemies. Set in a distant future filled with intelligent machines, cloned humans, and little regard for life or death, this high-impact sf adventure by the author of The Cassini Division delivers a strong dose of violence and graphic sex. First published in Britain, MacLeod's tale of one man's grim journey toward knowledge should appeal to fans of high-tech action and hard-core science. For large sf collections.
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This was really a very interesting book to read! Lots of interesting ideas, mixing hard sci-fi with political aspects in a way that is very rare to find around. Read morePublished on May 15 2004 by Michel Goldstein
Out of the first five books Ken Macleoud has had published only the last one 'Cosmonauts Keep' I will never reread. Read morePublished on July 5 2002 by Paul J
My only problem with this book is that it was a little confusing. It's the kind of book that demands that you pay close attention to detail. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2002 by Abu Kizkaga
I'm a big fan of Ian Banks, Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, and hard Sci-Fi in general, but I have to admit that I stumbled onto "The Cassini Division"... Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2002
"The Stone Canal" is a heady, turbulent prequel that jumps backward and forward through history to chart humanity's move off-planet. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2001 by Mac Tonnies
This is fast-paced, political Sci Fi at it's very best. An edge-of-your-seat thriller that makes perfect sense within the confines of logic in it's own universe, and in which the... Read morePublished on April 20 2001 by Steven