Light, 2012

Light is M John Harrison’s eighth novel. It was published in 2002. According to Wikipedia:

“The book centres on the lives of three individuals — the physicist (and serial killer) Michael Kearney, on the verge of a breakthrough in theoretical physics sometime in 1999; Seria Mau Genlicher, the cybernetically-altered female pilot of a “K-ship”, and the ex-space pilot and adventurer Ed Chianese. Seria Mau and Ed’s stories take place in the year 2400 AD.

The lives of these three individuals are linked in many ways, though most tangibly by the presence of a mysterious creature called The Shrander, who appears in many guises to all three characters throughout the novel (with anagrammatic names of Sandra Shen and Dr. Haends). They are also linked by the Kefahuchi Tract, a space-time anomaly described as “a singularity without an event horizon”, an object of awe and wonder that has been the ruin of many civilisations attempting to decode its mysteries.”

It’s hard-going in places (unless you like reading about serial killers), but a really great read – it got me back into reading SF (although I think it belongs in a genre of its own). It’s the first of a trilogy – Nova Swing comes next (and is even stranger/ better in my opinion), and the new one Empty Space has just been published.

For more M. John Harrison: The Ambiente Hotel

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For the time being I’m  naming my posts and photographs after Science Fiction novels.

As always thanks to John Pindar and Deanne who set this whole titling thing in motion.

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