Stone

Hachette UK
5

Sprung from a prison in the centre of a star, the universe's last criminal is employed to kill the population of a planet. It is a crime that will tear apart an interstellar utopia. Keeping ahead of detection and preparing the crime, the killer voyages to numerous worlds and hones the instincts required for murder. And wonders who is behind the contract.

Roberts' new novel is an extraordinary fusing of ideas, exotic locations, personal drama and an enquiry into the nature of crime in a society that thinks it has forgotten how to commit it.

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About the author

Adam Roberts is Professor of 19th century literature at London University. His first novel, Salt, was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award as was his novel Gradisil. He has also published a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF.
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Publisher
Hachette UK
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Published on
Sep 9, 2010
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Pages
352
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ISBN
9780575088030
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Science Fiction / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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Supported by TRUCE (Training and Research in Unconventional Computation in Europe).

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