What most people don’t bother to discover is that when Sarah talks to inanimate objects, they answer.
Tossed out onto the streets from the mental institution where she has lived most of her adult life, Sarah is adopted by Abalone, a hacker whose home is the weird and wild industrial Jungle ruled over by Head Wolf. But Sarah’s idyll with her new Pack can’t last. Someone is searching for her – and not even the Pack can protect her from those who know her secret and plan to use her gift for their own dark ends.
This special edition contains the original novel, along with the essay "Pride of Place," which talks about the origin of Lindskold's first published novel.
Jane Lindskold is the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty-five novels and seventy-some works of short fiction, as well as numerous works of non-fiction. Her works include Asphodel, the six volume Firekeeper Saga, the three volume Breaking the Wall series, and many others You can find a complete listing of her works at www.janelindskold.com.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Seveneves, Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon returns with a wildly inventive and entertaining science fiction thriller—Paradise Lost by way of Philip K. Dick—that unfolds in the near future, in parallel worlds.
In his youth, Richard “Dodge” Forthrast founded Corporation 9592, a gaming company that made him a multibillionaire. Now in his middle years, Dodge appreciates his comfortable, unencumbered life, managing his myriad business interests, and spending time with his beloved niece Zula and her young daughter, Sophia.
One beautiful autumn day, while he undergoes a routine medical procedure, something goes irrevocably wrong. Dodge is pronounced brain dead and put on life support, leaving his stunned family and close friends with difficult decisions. Long ago, when a much younger Dodge drew up his will, he directed that his body be given to a cryonics company now owned by enigmatic tech entrepreneur Elmo Shepherd. Legally bound to follow the directive despite their misgivings, Dodge’s family has his brain scanned and its data structures uploaded and stored in the cloud, until it can eventually be revived.
In the coming years, technology allows Dodge’s brain to be turned back on. It is an achievement that is nothing less than the disruption of death itself. An eternal afterlife—the Bitworld—is created, in which humans continue to exist as digital souls.
But this brave new immortal world is not the Utopia it might first seem . . .
Fall, or Dodge in Hell is pure, unadulterated fun: a grand drama of analog and digital, man and machine, angels and demons, gods and followers, the finite and the eternal. In this exhilarating epic, Neal Stephenson raises profound existential questions and touches on the revolutionary breakthroughs that are transforming our future. Combining the technological, philosophical, and spiritual in one grand myth, he delivers a mind-blowing speculative literary saga for the modern age.
Firekeeper’s former adversary, Melina Shield, has risen to great prominence in the neighboring land of New Kelvin. Melina’s unexpected power threatens the reputation of King Tedric’s heir apparent, Sapphire, and, through Sapphire, dreams for the new realm of Bright Haven. King Tedric’s price for helping the Beasts is that Firekeeper and Blind Seer escort Elise Archer and her handpicked diplomatic team into New Kelvin, then assist them with their investigations.
The last time Firekeeper and her friends visited New Kelvin, they ended up fleeing as hunted fugitives, but this may be the least difficulty upon their return. Firekeeper is plagued with visions featuring the comet that streaks through the skies. These feed her growing sense that to continue interacting with humans will eventually lead to the transformation of the wild Beasts into nothing more than human tools. Doubt is a new enemy to Firekeeper – one that threatens even her bond with her beloved companion, the wolf, Blind Seer.
Discovered unconscious at the side of the road by the Travelling Spectacular, Rabble willingly becomes a member of this eclectic band of wandering entertainers. But her life and theirs are about to be disrupted by Hulhc, a prosperous farmer who is obsessed with finding the magic that vanished without warning over fifty years before.
Will any of them survive their search for the answer to a question about which the gods themselves are silent?