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Inverted World

S.F. Masterworks

By Christopher Priest

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 13 May 2010
A uniquely powerful novel of a society in decay. On a planet whose very nature is a mystery a massive decrepit city is pulled along a massive railway track, laying the line down before it as it progresses into the wilderness.The society within toils under an oppressive regime, its structures always on the point of collapse, the lives of its individuals lived in misery. No one knows where they are going, why they are going or what they will find when they get there.The ending of the novel provides one of the most profound twists in SF.

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Award-winning author of THE SEPARATION Christopher Priest has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the BSFA award for best novel (twice), the Prix Utopia, the Grand Prix l'Imaginaire, the World Fantasy Award, the James Tait, the Kurd Lasswitz and the Ditmar (twice) Author of THE PRESTIGE - made into a hit-film by Christopher Nolan One of the UK's most distinguished writers of SF

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Christopher Priest's novels have built him an inimitable dual reputation as a contemporary novelist and a leading figure in modern SF and fantasy. His novel THE PRESTIGE is unique in winning both a major literary prize (the James Tait Black Award) and a major genre prize (The World Fantasy Award); THE SEPARATION won both the Arthur C Clarke and the British Science Fiction Awards. He was selected for the original Best of Young British Novelists in1983.

EAN: 9780575082106
ISBN: 0575082100
Publisher: Gollancz
Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.1 x 2.3 centimetres (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Lewis on
The book had great potential, but elements in the plot and writing style kept it back. Sexism within the text stuck out like a soar thumb. I'm not referring to women's position within the plot, but the way they are described by the author. However, this was only a small part of what kept the book from being great. The plot left me confused at some points when describing the world they live in. Overall, it was an enjoyable read but I was able to put it down for periods of weeks before returning to it, which is rare for me.
Simon on
Classic sci from Christopher Priest, in which a highly civilised people are making their way slowly across an alien terrain by way of a huge train that houses the city of Earth... inside it is peaceful and efficient, but outside in the harsh environment various guilds --- future, traction, militia, barter, navigator --- keep hauling up the tracks in behind and laying them in front, ever pursuing the optimum, and fleeing dark forces behind...

out standing stuff; hardcore sci fi for fans...

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