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Publisher Description

In M. John Harrison’s dangerously illuminating new novel, three quantum outlaws face a universe of their own creation, a universe where you make up the rules as you go along and break them just as fast, where there’s only one thing more mysterious than darkness.

In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn’t yet exist—a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself. In this future, Seria Mau Genlicher has already sacrificed her body to merge into the systems of her starship, the White Cat. But the “inhuman” K-ship captain has gone rogue, pirating the galaxy while playing cat and mouse with the authorities who made her what she is. In this future, Ed Chianese, a drifter and adventurer, has ridden dynaflow ships, run old alien mazes, surfed stellar envelopes. He “went deep”—and lived to tell about it. Once crazy for life, he’s now just a twink on New Venusport, addicted to the bizarre alternate realities found in the tanks—and in debt to all the wrong people.

Haunting them all through this maze of menace and mystery is the shadowy presence of the Shrander—and three enigmatic clues left on the barren surface of an asteroid under an ocean of light known as the Kefahuchi Tract: a deserted spaceship, a pair of bone dice, and a human skeleton.

Praise for Light

“Uproarious, breath-taking, exhilarating . . . This is a novel of full spectrum literary dominance. . . . It is a work of—and about—the highest order.”Guardian

“An increasingly complex and dazzling narrative . . . Light depicts its author as a wit, an awesomely fluent and versatile prose stylist, and an SF thinker as dedicated to probing beneath surfaces as William Gibson is to describing how the world looks when reflected in them. . . . SF fans and skeptics alike are advised to head towards this Light.”Independent

Light is a literary singularity: at one and the same time a grim, gaudy space opera that respects the physics, and a contemporary novel that unflinchingly revisits the choices that warp a life. It’s almost unbearably good.”—Ken MacLeod, author of Engine City 

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
August 31
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

JRubino ,

100 Words or Less

At first, it’s a struggle to know what’s going on … certainly complicated by a brilliant physicist and paranoid killer main character. No spoiler: this is in the first few pages.

However, keep at it, go with the flow, and it comes together. When that happens, the beauty of Harrison’s universe becomes apparent in its weird multi-dimensional glory.

This initial confusion is part of the experience, expected from good hard sci-fi. This world is not easily explained. It’s not very pleasant. Yet in the end, this is a good novel with some amazingly written passages.

Chris22surf ,

Literally nothing happens...

You spend the beginning of the book trying to understand the dialect. After that it just grinds on with nothing really taking place other than meaningless sexual encounters. The author seemed to try and toss a sex scene in every ten pages. Overall, I’m really disappointed. I wanted to like this book but it just isn’t any good.

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