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Richard Morgan

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Gollancz
01 November 2008
Science fiction; Sci-Fi Alternate History; Biotechnology / Genetic Engineering; Cloning; Space Exploration; Arthur C Clarke Award
One hundred years from now and against all the odds, Earth has found a new stability; the political order has reached some sort of balance and the new colony on Mars is growing. But the fraught years of the 21st century have left an uneasy legacy...

Genetically engineered alpha males, designed to fight the century's wars have no wars to fight and are surplus to requirements. And a man bred and designed to fight is a dangerous man to have around in peacetime. Many of them have left for Mars but now one has come back and killed everyone else on the shuttle he returned in.

Only one man, a genengineered ex-soldier himself, can hunt him down and so begins a frenetic man-hunt and a battle for survival. And a search for the truth about what was really done with the world's last soldiers.

BLACK MAN is an unstoppable SF thriller but it is also a novel about predjudice, about the ramifications of playing with our genetic blue-print. It is about our capacity for violence but more worrying, our capacity for deceit and corruption.

This is another landmark of modern SF from one of its most exciting and commercial authors.
By:   Richard Morgan
Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 135mm,  Width: 199mm,  Spine: 39mm
Weight:   502g
ISBN:   9780575078130
ISBN 10:   0575078138
Series:   Gollancz S.F.
Pages:   640
Publication Date:   01 November 2008
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Other merchandise
Publisher's Status:   Active
Author Website:   www.richardkmorgan.com

Richard Morgan is 40 and was, until his writing career took off, a tutor at Strathclyde University in the English Language Teaching division. He has travelled widely and lived in Spain and Istanbul. He is a fluent Spanish speaker. He lives, with his wife, in Glasgow.

Reviews for Black Man

This is writing with the brakes off and the adrenaline pumped to high. -- Liz Holliday SCI-FI NOW


  • Short-listed for British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel 2008
  • Short-listed for British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel 2008 (UK)
  • Shortlisted for British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel 2008.
  • Winner of Arthur C Clarke Award 2008
  • Winner of Arthur C Clarke Award 2008.
  • Winner of Arthur C. Clarke Award 2008.

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