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City at the End of Time: A Novel
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Author: Bear, Greg

Brand: Del Rey

Color: Black

Edition: Reprint

Number Of Pages: 496

Release Date: 25-08-2009

Details: Product Description In a time like the present, in a world that may or may not be our own, three young people–Ginny, Jack, and Daniel–dream of a decadent, doomed city of the distant future: the Kalpa. But more than dreams link these three: They are fate-shifters, born with the ability to skip across the surface of the fifth dimension, inhabiting alternate versions of themselves. And each guards an object whose origin and purpose are unknown: gnarled, stony artifacts called sum-runners that persist unchanged through all versions of time. Hunted by others with similar powers who seek the sum-runners on behalf of a terrifying, goddess-like entity known as the Chalk Princess, Ginny, Jack, and Daniel are drawn into an all but hopeless mission to rescue the future–and complete the greatest achievement in human history. Review “Represents a return to the sort of big and imaginative science-fiction epic that [Greg Bear’s] many fans particularly covet.”— Seattle Post-Intelligencer “[A] triumphant return to large-scale SF . . . beautifully written.”— Publishers Weekly, A Best Book of the Year “[ City at the End of Time] has the flavor of weird fantasy, closer in its feel to the works of Neil Gaiman or China Miéville than anything Bear has done before. It . . . has an epic depth.”— Sci Fi Weekly “A gripping, original tale.”— NewScientist “Powerful and evocative.”— Analog “Superlative . . . an excellent, excellent work.”—Harlan Ellison “Compelling . . . a remarkable tour de force of sustained visionary writing . . . one of Bear’s best novels, perhaps even the very best.”— Locus About the Author Greg Bear is the author of more than twenty-five books, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He has been awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear, and they are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra. www.gregbear.com Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved. Chapter OneSeattle The city was young. Unbelievably young. The moon rose sharp and silver-blue over a deck of soft gray clouds, and if you looked east, above the hills, where the sun would soon rise, you saw a brightness as yellow and real as natural butter. The city faced the coming day with dew cold and wet on new green grass, streaming down windows, beaded on railings, chill against swiping fingers. Waking up in the city, no one could know how young it was and fresh; all had activities to plan, living worries to blind them, and what would it take to finally smell the blessed, cool newness, but a whiff of something other? Everyone went about their business. The day passed into dusk. Hardly anyone noticed there was a difference. A hint of loss. With a shock that nearly made her cry out, Ginny thought she saw the old gray Mercedes in the wide side mirror of the Metro bus-stopped the next lane over, two car lengths behind, blocking traffic. The smoked rear windows, the crack in its mottled windshield-clearly visible. It's them-the man with the silver dollar, the woman with flames in her palms. The bus's front door opened, but Ginny stepped back into the aisle. All thoughts of getting out a stop early, of walking the next few blocks to stretch her legs and think, had vanished. The Metro driver-a plump black woman with ivory sclera and pale brown eyes, dark red lipstick, and diamonds on her incisors, still, after a day's hard work, lightly perfumed with My Sin-stared up at Ginny. "Someone following you, honey? I can call the cops." She tapped the bus's emergency button with a long pearly fingernail. Ginny shook her head. "Won't help. It's nothing." The driver sighed and closed the door, and the bus drove on. Ginny took her seat and rested her backpack in her lap-she missed the weight of her box, but for the moment, it was someplace safe. She glanced over her shoulder through the bus's rear window. The Mercedes dropped back and turned onto a side street. With her goo

EAN: 9780345448408

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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