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Head of Zeus
Seven Surrenders
01 Jul 2017 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781786699510

In a future of near-instantaneous global travel, of abundant provision, a future in which no one living can recall an actual war... a long era of stability threatens to come to an abrupt end.

Fiction / FL (Science Fiction)
Extent: 480 pages
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Seven SurrendersTerra Ignota, 2Ada Palmer

The year is 2454.

The sun is setting on a hard-won golden age. For three centuries, humanity has enjoyed peace and prosperity fuelled by technological abundance, oracular data analytics, careful censorship... and just a little blood.

In a world dominated by seven factions, or 'Hives', the price of peace has been a few secret murders, mathematically planned to ensure political and economic balance. But now the secret is out, the balance is slipping and war beckons.

Convict Mycroft Canner knew this war was coming – he committed his terrible crimes to forestall it. Now, he has just one card left, a wild card no degree of statistical genius could have predicted: a thirteen-year-old child with the power to work miracles. Turning thought into matter, matter in life, this child has the power to save the world, or to doom it.

Ada Palmer is an author, historian and composer. Her Terra Ignota series explores how humanity's cultural and historical legacies might evolve in a future of borderless nations and globally commixing populations. She teaches in the University of Chicago History Department, studying the Renaissance, Enlightenment, classical reception, the history of books, publication and reading, censorship and information control, and the history of philosophy, heresy, science, atheism. She is the author of Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance (Harvard University Press). She often researches in Italy, usually in Florence or at the Vatican. She composes fantasy, SF and mythology-themed music, including the Viking mythology musical stage play Sundown: Whispers of Ragnarok, and often performs at conventions with her vocal group Sassafrass. She also researches anime/manga, especially Osamu Tezuka, early post-WWII manga and gender in manga, and has worked as a consultant for many anime and manga publishers. She blogs for, and writes the philosophy & travel blog

Book 1 on the Hugo shortlist for Best SF novel and 2016 Guardian Book of the Year.

John W. Campbell Award Winner for Best New Writer.

Furiously creative debut series from a new SF talent.

MARKET: Ann Leckie; Jo Walton.

'Provocative, erudite, inventive, resplendent', Ken Liu

'The kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do', Jo Walton

'Bold, furiously inventive, and mesmerizing ... The best science fiction I've read in a long while', Robert Charles Wilson

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