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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

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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.

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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