Synopses & Reviews
From a writer acclaimed for his high-concept SF and stunning prose comes the final chapter in the multi-award-winning trilogy that began with Light and Nova Swing This space adventure begins with the following dream: An alien research tool the size of a brown dwarf star hangs in the middle of nowhere, as a result of an attempt to place it equidistant from everything else in every possible universe. Somewhere in the fractal labyrinth beneath its surface, a woman lies on an allotropic carbon deck, a white paste of nanomachines oozing from the corner of her mouth. She is neither conscious nor unconscious, dead nor alive. There is something wrong with her cheekbones. At first you think she is changing from one thing into another—perhaps it's a cat, perhaps it's something that only looks like one—then you see that she is actually trying to be both things at once. She is waiting for you, she has been waiting for you for perhaps 10,000 years. She comes from the past, she comes from the future. She is about to speak. Empty Space is a sequel to Light and Nova Swing, three strands presented in alternating chapters which will work their way separately back to this image of frozen transformation.
"Harrison's trippy style will appeal to sophisticated readers who treasure the work of China Miéville and Jeff VanderMeer." —Publishers Weekly starred review of Nova Swing
"Surely one of the best novels of the year. . . . Deeply satisfying . . . the final chapters are a marvel of transcendence, reconciliation and redemption."—San Francisco Chronicle Books on Light
About the Author
M. John Harrison is an award-winning science fiction and fantasy author. The previous titles in the Kefahuchi Tract trilogy are Light, for which he won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, and Nova Swing, for which he won the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. He has been praised by such writers as Angela Carter, China Miéville, William Gibson, Clive Barker, and Neil Gaiman, who called him "a Zen master of prose."