Too Like the Lightning: A Novel (Terra Ignota)


Too Like the Lightning: A Novel (Terra Ignota) Author Ada Palmer
ISBN-10 0765378019
ISBN-13 9780765378019
Year 2017-01-24
Pages 448
Language English
Publisher Tor Books
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Compton Crook 35th Award winner and shortlisted candidate for the 2017 Hugo Award Best Novel category Ada Palmer s political science fiction Too Like the Lightning ventures into a human future of extraordinary originalityMycroft Canner is a convict For his crimes he is required as is the custom of the 25th century to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets Carlyle Foster is a sensayer a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away The world into which Mycroft and Carlyle have been born is as strange to our 21st century eyes as ours would be to a native of the 1500s It is a hard won utopia built on technologically generated abundance and also on complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech What seem to us normal gender distinctions are now distinctly taboo in most social situations And most of the world s population is affiliated with globe girdling clans of the like minded whose endless economic and cultural competion is carefully managed by central planners of inestimable subtlety To us it seems like a mad combination of heaven and hell To them it seems like normal life And in this world Mycroft and Carlyle have stumbled on the wild card that may destablize the system the boy Bridger who can effortlessly make his wishes come true Who can it would seem bring inanimate objects to life Terra Ignota1 Too Like the Lightning2 Seven Surrenders3 The Will to Battle

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