Synopses & Reviews
Life on New Mars is tough for humans, but death is only a minor inconvenience. The machines know their place, the free market rules all, and only the Abolitionists object.
Then a stranger arrives on New Mars, a clone who remember his life on Earth as Jonathan Wilde, the anarchist with a nuclear capability who was accused of losing World War III. This stranger also remembers one David Reid, who now serves as New Mars's leader. Long ago, it turns out, Wilde and Reid had shared ideals and fought over the same women.
Moving from 20th-century Scotland through a tumultuous 21st century and outward to humanity's settlement on a planet circling another star, The Stone Canal is idea-driven sci-fi at its best., making real and believable a future where long lives, strange deaths, and unexpected knowledge await those who survive the wars and revolutions to come.
"McLeod is writing revolutionary SF . . . A nova has appeared in our sky."—Kim Stanley Robinson
"There is more than a hint of a heroic ethic here, though the hero in question may be more like Milton's Satan than Captain Future. As much fun as [MacLeod's] books provide, it's that fierceness, that seriousness of purpose, that powers their engines and makes me want to read on."—Locus
About the Author
holds a degree in zoology and has worked in the fields of biomechanics and computer programming. His first two novels, The Star Fraction
and The Stone Canal
, each won the Prometheus Award; The Cassini Division
was a finalist for the Nebula Award; and The Sky Road
won the British Science Fiction Association Award and is a finalist for the Hugo Award. Dark Light
continues the world of his fifth novel, Cosmonaut Keep.
Ken MacLeod lives near Edinburgh, Scotland, with his wife and children.