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Inverted World (New York Review Books Classics)

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The city is winched along tracks through a devastated land full of hostile tribes. Rails must be freshly laid ahead of the city and carefully removed in its wake. Rivers and mountains present nearly insurmountable challenges to the ingenuity of the citys engineers. But if the city does not move, it will fall farther and farther behind the “optimum” into the crushing gravitational field that has transformed life on Earth. The only alternative to progress is death.

The secret directorate that governs the city makes sure that its inhabitants know nothing of this. Raised in common in crèches, nurtured on synthetic food, prevented above all from venturing outside the closed circuit of the city, they are carefully sheltered from the dire necessities that have come to define human existence. And yet the city is in crisis. The people are growing restive, the population is dwindling, and the rulers know that, for all their efforts, slowly but surely the city is slipping ever farther behind the optimum.

Helward Mann is a member of the citys elite. Better than anyone, he knows how tenuous is the citys continued existence. But the world—he is about to discover—is infinitely stranger than the strange world he believes he knows so well.

About the Author

Christopher Priest was born in Cheshire, England. He has published eleven novels, three short-story collections, and a number of other books, including critical works, biographies, novelizations, and childrens nonfiction. His most recent novel, The Separation, won both the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the BSFA Award. In 1996 Priest won both the World Fantasy Award and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Prestige, which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film by Christopher Nolan in 2006. He has been nominated four times for the Hugo Award, and has won several awards abroad. In 2001 he was awarded the Prix Utopia (France) for lifetime achievement. He has written drama for radio and television, and has had features and reviews in The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, the New Statesman, The Scotsman, The Washington Post, and many magazines. He is married to the writer Leigh Kennedy. They live in Hastings, England, with their twin teenage children.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781590172698
Author:
Priest, Christopher
Publisher:
New York Review of Books
Introduction:
Clute, John
Author:
Clute, John
Author:
Various
Afterword by:
Clute, John
Afterword:
Clute, John
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Science / General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-A to Z
Subject:
science fiction;fiction;sf;novel;20th century;post-apocalyptic;dystopia;fantasy;england;literature;english literature;geometry;1970s;christopher priest;speculative fiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
New York Review Books Classics
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8 x 4.95 x .7 in .7 lb

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