Chris Moriarty was born in 1968 and has lived in Europe, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. A former environmental attorney who has also worked as a ranch hand, horse trainer, and backcountry guide, Chris is the author of Spin State and Spin Control.
Set in the same universe as Moriarty's SF debut, Spin State (2003), his richly textured second novel explores issues of identity and loyalty, swapping quantum mechanics for complexity theory and mystery for suspense. Arkady, an entomologist assigned to a terraforming project with his fellow clone, Arkasha, comes into possession of two pieces of information: one very valuable, the other very damaging. The pair also fall in love. Then Arkasha is kidnapped, and Arkady must travel to Earth and sell his knowledge to the highest bidder to rescue her. Through Arkady's bewildered eyes, the reader discovers a future world where America is a rogue nation and the most precious commodities are water and the ability to bear children. Moriarty, whose style has smoothed out considerably, handles such characters from Spin State as Catherine Li, a military veteran with a fragmented memory, and Cohen, an AI collective inhabiting a human body, with more finesse. Where Spin State was nominated for awards, this sequel may win them. (July) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"[T]his richly textured second novel explores issues of identity and loyalty, swapping quantum mechanics for complexity theory and mystery for suspense."--Publishers Weekly
"The characters have the complexity of motivation and backstory to make this more than just another dire-future thriller.... Tension-riddled."--Booklist