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Machine

#2 White Space

Elizabeth Bear

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Gollancz
12 October 2021
Meet Doctor Jens.

She hasn't had a decent cup of coffee in fifteen years.

The first part of her job involves jumping out of perfectly good space-ships. The second part requires developing emergency treatments for sick aliens of species she's never seen before.

She loves it.

But her latest emergency is also proving a mystery:

Two ships, one ancient and one new, locked in a dangerous embrace.

A mysterious crew suffering from an even more mysterious ailment.

A shipmind trapped in an inadequate body, much of her memory pared away.

A murderous virus from out of time.

Unfortunately, Dr. Jens can't resist a mystery. Which is why she's about to discover that everything she's dedicated her life to . . . is a lie.

Praise for Elizabeth Bear 'Like the best of speculative fiction, Bear has created a fascinating and complete universe that blends high-tech gadgetry with Old World adventure and political collusion' Publishers Weekly 'This is certainly the best science fiction novel I've read in 2019 so far and I look forward to see how Bear develops the characters and her impressively rich universe' (POPULAR SCIENCE) 'Elizabeth Bear is just as comfortable writing steampunk and fantasy as she is hard science fiction, and Ancestral Night, first half of a duology, brims with heady concepts and sleek far-future hardware. There is a mordant wit at work' (FINANCIAL TIMES) 'Awesome, awe-inspiring space opera. Fittingly, it shifts from weighty themes to lighter humour with dexterity, grace and crackling dialogue' (Daily Mail) 'Bear has constructed a fascinating, absorbing universe populated with compelling and intelligent characters who conform to neither cliches nor stereotypes. It's sci-fi of the top order' (popmatters.com)
By:   Elizabeth Bear
Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   340g
ISBN:   9781473208780
ISBN 10:   1473208785
Pages:   496
Publication Date:   12 October 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Elizabeth Bear won the John W. Campbell award for Best New Writer in 2005 and has since published 15 novels and numerous short stories. She writes in both the SF and fantasy genres and has won critical acclaim in both. She has won the Hugo Award more than once. She lives in Massachusetts.

Reviews for Machine (#2 White Space)

This is certainly the best science fiction novel I've read in 2019 so far and I look forward to see how Bear develops the characters and her impressively rich universe. * POPULAR SCIENCE * Machine is a fascinating, compelling, and ultimately satisfying space opera in a vast, complex, weird, and interesting universe * Locusmag.com * Elizabeth Bear is just as comfortable writing steampunk and fantasy as she is hard science fiction, and Ancestral Night, first half of a duology, brims with heady concepts and sleek far-future hardware. There is a mordant wit at work. * FINANCIAL TIMES * Bear has a striking command of tension and character, and a deep interest in ethics and human behaviour * Locusmag.com * Awesome, awe-inspiring space opera. Fittingly, it shifts from weighty themes to lighter humour with dexterity, grace and crackling dialogue * Daily Mail * Bear has constructed a fascinating, absorbing universe populated with compelling and intelligent characters who conform to neither cliches nor stereotypes. It's sci-fi of the top order. * popmatters.com *


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