By Matthew De Abaitua
'Sumptuously written, with prose that glitters with a dismal lustre like a Damien Hirst fly college. Intricately plotted, and a satirical aspect as sharp and and exact because the scalpel of a mind medical professional: De Abaitua operates at the smiling face of the current to bare the grimacing cranium of the future.' Will Self
A police helicopter hovers above Hackney. Snipers encompass a home lower than siege. interested, Nelson Millar edges ahead to observe the improvement of the negotiator: a robotic, uncannily tall and serene, designed to empathise with the depression that has became a sour govt right into a nook gunman. however the robotic is simply too overdue; an explosion engulfs the home. As Nelson watches the burning desktop burst onto the road, he realises that the longer term has arrived on his doorstep.
Nelson is unwittingly engaged on a undertaking that threatens the very nature of democracy - the simulation of a city and its voters in an try to create the final word concentration crew. in the meantime, his pal Raymond is employed to aid the mysterious crimson males, electronic copies of the wealthy and robust whose vile appetites and hatred for genuine lifestyles quickly result in homicide.
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Most of the guests had already arrived, and were mingled around the long buffet table. At least half of them were phnobes, many of them from the buruku colonies around Tau City. Korodore recognized the diplomats – they were tall, dark alpha-males, carrying sunshades. The less exalted, who were more acclimatized to the light, stood in small, silent groups around the lawn. Korodore switched from pinhead to pinhead until he located Hrsh-Hgn, reading a memory cube in the shade of a balloon tree. The Stoics, probably.
There were one or two signs of Directorship, a large rolled map of the equatorial regions, an open filing cabinet, and a Galactic Standard clock on top of it. But it was the trappings of probability math that clashed heavily with the strict simplicity of the room. Korodore’s eye followed a trail of Reformed Tarot cards across the room to where the bulk of the pack, crystal faces now bland, lay against the wall where it had been thrown. A vaguely disturbing visual array on a portable computer glowed on another wall.
We now understand probability. ‘If we control it every man will be a magician. Let us then hope that this will not come to pass. For our universe is a fragile house of atoms, held together by the weak mortar of cause and effect. ’ Charles Sub-Lunar, Cry Continuum ‘The fish swims – vsss! The bird flies – rsss! The fungi-squirrel run – gsrss! The wheel turns and All is one. ‘I must scream yet I have no mouth. I must run yet I have no feet. I must die yet I have no life. ’ Funeral song of the Deep Rocky region, Five Islands, Phnobis.