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A wonderfully commercial and immensely original SF series from one of its most acclaimed practitioners. Perfect for fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Richard Morgan alike. An exciting new direction for the critically lauded Justina Robson. Young, very promotable author.

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Justina Robson ('a novelist of real vision' - Zadie Smith) is the author of four acclaimed SF novels. She was born in Leeds where she still lives with her husband and son


Life is anything but real in this entertaining fusion of SF and fantasy spiced with sex, rockin' elves and drunk faeries, the first of a new series, from British author Robson (Mappa Mundi). In 2015, the quantum bomb at Texas's superconducting supercollider blew a hole in spacetime's fabric, revealing "a total of five other realities" unknown to the human inhabitants of Otopia (formerly Earth). One of these is Alfheim, a home to elves. By 2021, Alfheim extremists, who despise Otopian technologies (and Otopians), have targeted Zal, a rebel rocker elf and his band, the No Shows, for thriving in a human realm. Death threats prompt the Otopian security agency to assign Lila Black, a nuclear-powered cyborg still adapting to her AI abilities, to Zal as his undercover guard. After Zal is kidnapped, Black travels to Alfheim, where she meets an old foe and tangles with a wicked necromancer. Deft prose helps the reader accept what in lesser hands would be merely absurd. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

'Justina infuses this yarn with humour, intelligence and, a little surprisingly for such a fun book, depth.' - SFF WORLD'There's a treat in store for you all, as the new Justina Robson is out. Lila Black is a spy, and a bodyguard, and every so often she breaks into the sheer joy of the toys she carries within her. It's good to see that almost naive geek:love you see among born techies translated into a character so beautifully. The only truly bad thing about this book is that it isn't stand-alone and now I've got to wait until she's finished writing the next one, wanting much, much more.' - STARBURST'This is by far the most entertaining book Robson has written, a novel packed with memorable characters and ideas but that doubles as holiday reading escapism. No mean balancing act.' - SFX - Jonathan WrightKeeping it Real provides a very enjoyable and diverting romp. - DREAMWATCH - Sharon GoslingRichly inventive. The work of a smart and sexy novelist having smart and sexy fun, and what's the problem with that? - LOCUS'This combination of cyberpunk and the Byzantine twee ought not to work, but the icy intelligence Robson brings to her serious books applies in equal measure to her entertainments. There is also a passionate wistful romanticism which breaks your heart in places here.' - TIME OUT - Roz Kaveney'Half cyborg, half human, all attitude, Lila Black is the archetypal post-cyberpunk bodygurad/assasin, set down a amid characters ripped from mainstream fantasy and occupying a world created by a typically SF disaster. Keeping It Real is billed as Robson having fun. And fun it certainly is.' - THE TIMES'Fun and fast paced, but in behind the literary pyrotechnics are deeper themes about discrimination, sexual politics and identity.' - BBC FOCUS - Dave Golder

The world changed in 2015, when the Quantum Bomb tore a hole in the fabric of reality and opened doors to other dimensions, including Alfheim, or Elfland. When undercover agent Lila Black, part human and part combat machine, is hired as a bodyguard for an elven rock star, she gets caught up in an elaborate game that affects not only relations between Otopia (the Earth) and Alfheim, but the other quantum realms as well. The author of Silver Screen skillfully builds a seamless connection between sf and fantasy in this fast-paced series opener featuring a strong, action-oriented heroine and a unique world setting. With appeal to fans of contemporary culture and mature YAs, her latest effort belongs in most libraries. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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