By M. John Harrison
One in every of technology fiction’s most appropriate stylists, M. John Harrison has acquired plentiful compliment and awards for his wildly resourceful rules and transcendent prose. Now he returns to the richly advanced universe of sunshine and Nova Swing with a beautiful new novel that braids 3 glittering strands right into a tapestry that spans great reaches of time and space:
In the close to destiny, an aged English widow is stirred from her mundane life through surreal omens and visitations.
Centuries later, the distance freighter Nova Swing takes on an unlawful alien artifact as shipment, with outcomes past reckoning.
While on planet, a anonymous policewoman attempts to deliver order to an occasion sector the place usual physics don't practice, in basic terms to discover herself stuck up in anything even stranger and extra elegant. . . .
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Special delivery. He opened it. Inside, a slip of paper. It said: POT-HEALER, I NEED YOU. AND I WILL PAY. No signature. No address except his, as destination. My god, he thought, this is something real and big. I know it. He carefully moved his chair around so that he faced the red warning light of the mail tube. And prepared to wait. Until it comes, he said to himself. Unless I physically starve to death first. I will not voluntarily die, now, he thought harshly. I want to stay alive. And wait.
Dialing his phone, he obtained a satellite relay to Japan; he raised Tokyo and gave the digits for the Tokyo translating computer. With the skill of long habit he obtained a direct line to the great, clanking, booming construct; he bypassed its host of attendants. “Oral transmission,” he informed it. The hulking GX9 computer clicked over to oral, rather than visual, reception. “The Corn Is Green,” Joe said. He turned on the recording unit of his phone. At once the computer answered, giving the Japanese equivalent.
I’m depressed. I can’t stand this much longer. Do you know what I mean? ” He waited. A faceless moment poured past in which neither of them spoke. “I’m ringing off,” Joe said, and began to hang up. “Wait,” Gauk said rapidly. ” He hung up, sat emptily staring. On his unfolded sheet of paper he had several more, but—It’s gone, he said to himself, bitterly. The energy, the capacity to fiddle away a lifetime without dignified work, and, in its place, the performance of the trivial, even the voluntarily trivial, as we have constructed here in The Game.
Empty Space: A Haunting (Empty Space Trilogy, Book 3) by M. John Harrison