By (author) Geoff Ryman
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Air by Geoff Ryman
Book DescriptionThis remarkable novel is about the effects of a new communications technology, Air, that works without power lines or machines. As pervasive technology ensures the rapid spread of pop culture and information access, few corners of the planet remain untouched. One of those few is Kizuldah, Karzistan - a tiny rice-farming village, predominantly Chinese Buddhist but with a strong Muslim presence, among whom sharply intelligent though illiterate Mae Chung, a self-styled fashion expert guiding the village women in dress, make-up and hairstyling, is an informal leader. When the UN decides to test the radical new technology Air, Mae is boiling laundry and chatting with elderly Mrs Tung. The massive surge of Air energy swamps them, and when the test is finished, Mrs Tung is dead, and Mae has absorbed her 90 years of memories. Rocked by the unexpected deaths and disorientation, the UN delays fully implementing Air, but Mae sees at once that her way of life is ending. Half-mad, struggling with information overload, the resentment of much of the village, and a complex family situation, she works fiercely to learn what she needs to ride the tiger of change.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780575078116
(197mm x 129mm x 25mm)
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publish Date: 14-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Geoff Ryman
Warrior Who Carried Life, Paperback (April 2013)
A dark fantasy retelling of the epic of Gilgamesh.
Was, Paperback / softback (December 2011)
Dotty, old and maybe crazy, sees "The Wizard of Oz" on TV, and recognizes it as her own story.
Child Garden, Paperback / softback (May 2011)
In future, tropical London, where biology has replaced electronics, Milena, resistant to the educational viruses, struggles to find a home.
Paradise Tales, Paperback (March 2011)» View all books by Geoff Ryman
A collection that ranges from present-day Cambodia to the far future: this is science fiction and fantasy with a heart.
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Author Biography - Geoff Ryman
Geoff Ryman was born in Canada and now lives and works in London.
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