On the barren surface area of an asteroid, situated deep in the galaxy below the excruciating light of the Kefahuchi System, lie three things: an abandoned spacecraft, a set of bone dice covered with strange signs, and a human skeleton.
What they are and exactly what they mean are the mysteries explored and unwrapped in LIGHT, M. John Harrison's triumphant novel.Light marks that fine writer M John Harrison's very first return to the heartland of SF-- including spaceships and hair-raising interstellar goes after-- since his apocalyptic anti-space opera The Centauri Device(1975 ). The heavy SF action starts in 2400. Space-going humanity is the newest of numerous civilizations to be baffled by the impenetrable Kefahuchi System; that vast outstanding area where an unshielded singularity makes physics itself undependable. Along its accessible fringe, the "Beach", planetary systems are cluttered with insane, abandoned gadgets utilized to probe the System since previously life started in the world. A whole dead-end culture is based upon beachcombing this debris of industrial archaeology ... 25th-century characters include a female who's sacrificed almost whatever to merge with the AI "mathematics"of a fracture military spacecraft; a former daredevil who when surfed black holes but has pulled away into a virtual reality tank; the woman owner of the Circus of Pathet Lao, with an alien freakshow and a prejudice; and a range of vulgar, smelly, gene-sculpted miscreant, some comic, some enormous. Lots of are not exactly what they appear. In 1999 London, physicists Kearney and Tate-- kept in mind in 2400 as the dads of interstellar flight-- are getting no place. Kearney's personal problems inhabit familiar Harrison area: urban paranoia, a seedily undependable master, bad sex, guilty rituals to propitiate a metaphysical-seeming risk called the Shrander-- a pursuing image from nightmare. In the lab, both Kearney and Tate fear the increasing quantum strangeness of their results. The cosmological marvels and risks of the Beach form a backdrop to space pursuits and violent skirmishes whose duration is measured in nanoseconds, reported in tensely lyrical prose. Ultimately whatever comes together as it should-- even that oppressive 1999 story hair-- with discoveries, transformation, transcendence, and ultimate hope. Harrison demands your full attention and rewards it highly.-- David Langford On the barren surface area of an asteroid, situated deep in the galaxy below the excruciating light of the Kefahuchi System, lie three things: an abandoned spacecraft, a set
of bone dice covered with strange signs, and a human skeleton. What they are and exactly what they mean are the mysteries explored and unwrapped in LIGHT, M. John Harrison's triumphant novel.