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War of the Maps

Paul McAuley

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Gollancz
30 March 2021
'The underrated McAuley is in top form in this hard science fiction novel with heart.' Washington Post Book World

On a giant artificial world surrounding an artificial sun, one man - a lucidor, a keeper of the peace, a policeman - is on the hunt. His target was responsible for an atrocity, but is too valuable to the government to be truly punished. Instead he has been sent to the frontlines of the war, to use his unique talents on the enemy. So the lucidor has ignored orders, deserted from his job, left his home and thrown his life away, in order to finally claim justice.

Separated by massive seas, the various maps dotted on the surface of this world rarely contact each other. But something has begun to infiltrate the edges of the lucidor's map, something that genetically alters animals and plants and turns them into killers. Only the lucidor knows the depths to which his quarry will sink in order to survive, only the lucidor can capture him. The way is long and dangerous. The lucidor's government has set hunters after him. He has no friends, no resources, no plan.

But he does have a mission.
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Imprint:   Gollancz
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 126mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   300g
ISBN:   9781473217355
ISBN 10:   1473217350
Pages:   432
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Paul McAuley (Born 1955) Paul James McAuley was born in Gloucestershire on St George's Day, 1955. He has a Ph.D in Botany and worked as a researcher in biology at various universities, including Oxford and UCLA, and for six years was a lecturer in botany at St Andrews University, before leaving academia to write full time. He started publishing science fiction with the short story Wagon, Passing for Asimov's Science Fiction in 1984. His first novel, 400 Billion Stars won the Philip K. Dick Award in 1988, and 1995's Fairyland won the Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell Awards. He has also won the British Fantasy, Sidewise and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. He lives in London. You can find his blog at: http://www.unlikelyworlds.blogspot.com

Reviews for War of the Maps

McAuley is without peer. * The Times * As usual, McAuley imparts mind-bending SF concepts in prose that is always elegant and precise. * Crime Time * Following on from the extraordinary climate change novel Austral, this is further evidence that Paul McAuley may just be the best SF writer we have. 4.5 stars * SFX * The spectacle is undeniable, but it's that rich cast of characters who give their world texture and resonance, and who finally turn War of the Maps into a fine, compelling novel. * Locus * A brilliantly constructed novel, a story that drew me in and took me along for the ride. I love the setting, want to know more about the lucidor's world and the people who live there. It's a book I'd definitely recommend * SFCrowsnest *


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