A new benchmark in modern SF. A sharp, clever, funny morality tale that answers the biggest question of all: what makes us human?
A fight in an alley behind a bar: a visiting European is knifed by local thug Ramon Espejo and all hell breaks loose.
The dead man was a diplomat on an important mission to São Paulo, and next day Ramon is on the run heading north in his van toward land that no one has ever explored, or even thought of exploring, land so far only glimpsed from orbit during the first colony surveys.
There are women still alive on São Paulo who can recall the initial descent onto an untouched world. All the cities of the south have bloomed since then, like mould on a Petri dish.
Ramon was among the second wave of colonists. He’s gone from being nothing in the hills of Mexico to being nothing on this strange alien world. His only friend Griego tells Ramon God meant him to be poor, or he wouldn’t have made him so mean. Ramon’s rage has never deserted him. It was there in the alley behind the bar, but he can’t actually remember why he killed the European.
Leaving all the hell and shit and sorrow of Diegotown behind, Ramon’s plan is to look for minerals in the unmapped lands while the heat dies down. He’s made a bare living prospecting so far, expecting each trip to be the big one that’ll make him rich, and this one is no different. The first samples he blows out of the mountain, however, bring down the mountain upon him as well and a whole undiscovered alien race. Ramon is tethered to one of them and set to ‘perform his function’. Whatever that means, he’ll find out. And he’ll remember why he killed the European.
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George R.R. Martin is the author of the bestselling A Song of Ice and Fire series and award-winning writer of books and screenplays.
Gardner Dozois is a science fiction writer and editor who has won a record fifteen Hugo Awards for his work. He was the editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine from 1984 to 2004.
Daniel Abraham is a writer of science fiction and fantasy novels.
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Descrizione libro HarperVoyager, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria mon0000090649
Descrizione libro Harper Voyager. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. 0007260210. Codice libro della libreria Z0007260210ZN
Descrizione libro Harper Voyager 2007-01-01, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. First Edition. 0007260210. Codice libro della libreria Z0007260210ZN
Descrizione libro Harper, 2007. Cloth. Condizione libro: As New. Condizione sovraccoperta: As New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Brand new copy. Codice libro della libreria 024915
Descrizione libro Voyager/Harper Collins, London, 2007. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First UK Edition. This book and jacket are in New condition and unread. 394 pages. Without packaging this book weighs 692 grams. From the blurb: In a fight outside a bar Ramon Espejo kills a man. Next day, all hell breaks loose. The dead man was a big shot, a diplomat on a mission to the out-world of São Paulo. Ramon goes on the run, heading north toward unexplored territory, land so far only glimpsed from orbit during the first colony surveys. Ramon has gone from being nothing in the hills of Mexico to being nothing on São Paulo. He makes a bare living prospecting for minerals. Maybe God meant him to be poor, or he wouldn't have made him so mean. He can't even remember why he killed the European, only the drinking, and the rage that followed. Better to be alone in the wild landscape - off the map, beyond law and civilization. Each trip out he's sure will be the big one that'll make him rich. This one, too. Instead he finds something else, something terrifying. Or rather, it finds him, and uses him: as humans are used by species more intelligent than themselves. But Ramon Espejo is about to prove what a man is capable of. Ramon is about to demonstrate what it is to be human; to be angry, intelligent and alive. And he is about to discover his function in the broad flow of the universe. And why it was he killed the diplomat in the first place. Size: 240 x 160 x 32 mm. Codice libro della libreria EB003773
Descrizione libro Harper Voyager, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0007260210