When a young Russian boy disappears from a top-secret Soviet research establishment and turns up in Tokyo, he presents a major problem for the American security officials. For the boy appears to be part of a sophisticated experiment and to have the mind of a supposedly dead astronaut imperfectly imprinted on his own. If the boy is to be believed, then the experiment has been extended to a whale.
In Mexico, ground-breaking research by Nobel Prize winner Paul Hammond has shown that what we perceive as the Universe is no more than the ghost of the real thing. Signals received by his radio telescope have shown him that the Universe God created no longer exists.
Winner of the BSFA Award for best novel, 1977
British SF writer Ian Watson, author of the screen story for AI, crafts an intricate and elegantly written tale of a boy and some whales or, more accurately, a tale of defection, thought replacement and the death of the universe in The Jonah Kit. The boy, an escapee from a Russian research institute, bears the mind of a dead astronaut, a famous scientist claims to have discovered God's absence and whales learn the true nature of humans to devastating effect in Watson's terrible brave new world.