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Gradisil (Gollancz S.F.)

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Extraordinary critical acclaim here and in the USA One of the most significant of the current generation of SF writers Each novel is stylish, ideas driven and utterly different from what went before - a true original New covers style has doubled backlist sales 'Roberts joins my list of essential authors' VECTOR 'Superb' John Clute

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Adam Roberts is a Reader in English at London University. His first novel, Salt, was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He has also published a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF.Previous titles include:Salt OnStonePolystomThe Snow


Written like a love-hate letter to American SF, Roberts's latest is a multigenerational saga of space colonization and betrayal. Centered on the life of Gradisil Gyeroffy, it covers the early years of plucky (and/or wealthy) Uplanders, individuals who take up residence in low Earth orbit, through their transforming war with America and Gradi's sacrifices to weld them into a nation. The forward-looking, freedom-oriented space colonists stand in contrast to their tradition-bound, systems-wedded opponents. Roberts (The Snow) suggests that popular access to space is just a technological improvement away, though the government as represented by the USUF (aka the U.S. Upland Force), rather than rugged individuals, would (and should) lead the way. Not surprisingly, this novel of ideas is talky, and it ends on an ambiguous note. Rewarding the patient reader are some witty asides of social changes (like going from one to three to 14 popes) and an unsparing portrait of a social revolution and its costs to the revolutionaries. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

In the not-so-distant future, the rich and powerful are able to build homes at the top of a space elevator, in the Earth's "uplands." When young Gradisil's grandfather falls prey to a sociopathic killer while in his upland home, the girl is left with a legacy of vengeance. Even more troubling, the U.S. government has become envious of the rich, privileged upland "nations." The author of Polstom and The Snow has drawn a picture of a possible future for at least a segment of Earth's population that is both chillingly possible and dryly tongue-in-cheek. Fans of sf sagas will appreciate the attention to detail and engaging characters. Suitable for most sf collections. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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