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Gollancz
14 August 2018
Science fiction; Future Society; Dystopia; Society
Nominated for the 2019 Kitschie Awards for best novel, Simon Ings' The Smoke is about love, loss and loneliness in an incomprehensible world.

Humanity has been split into three different species. Mutual incomprehension has fractured the globe. As humans race to be the first of their kind to reach the stars, another Great War looms.

For you that means returning to Yorkshire and the town of your birth, where factories churn out the parts for gigantic spaceships. You're done with the pretentions of the capital and its unfathomable architecture. You're done with the people of the Bund, their easy superiority and unstoppable spread throughout the city of London and beyond. You're done with Georgy Chernoy and his questionable defeat of death. You're done with his daughter, Fel, and losing all the time. You're done with love.

But soon enough you will find yourself in the Smoke again, drawn back to the life you thought you'd left behind.

You're done with love. But love's not done with you.
By:   Simon Ings
Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   284g
ISBN:   9780575120105
ISBN 10:   057512010X
Pages:   400
Publication Date:   14 August 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Simon Ings is the author of eight previous novels (some science fiction, some not) and two works of non-fiction, including the Baillie Gifford longlisted STALIN AND THE SCIENTISTS. His debut novel HOT HEAD was widely acclaimed. He is the arts editor of New Scientist magazine and splits his time between a sweltering penthouse in Dubai (not his) and possibly the coldest flat in London.

Reviews for Smoke

an intriguing story set in an inventive, disturbing version of the world we know * YA Under My Skin * Simon Ings has created a distinctive world and style that captures the weirdness of what might have been * SFcrowsnest * ...a thrilling thought-experiment on social schisms, technology and the ethics of immortality. -- Liz Jensen


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