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Head of Zeus
Too Like the Lightning
01 Jul 2017 * EBOOK * £6.99 * 9781786699473

The year is 2454: Earth's hard-won utopian society is threatened by a young boy with apparently god-like powers.

Fiction / FL (Science Fiction)
Extent: 576 pages
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Too Like the LightningTerra Ignota, 1by Ada Palmer

The year is 2454.

Humanity has engineered a hard-won golden age, forged in the aftermath of a bitter conflict that wiped both religion and nation state from the planet. Now seven factions or 'hives' co-govern the world, their rule fuelled by benign censorship, oracular statistical analytics and technological abundance. But this is a fragile Utopia – and someone is intent on pushing it to breaking point.

Convicted for his crimes, celebrated for his talents, Mycroft Canner is the indentured instrument – and confidant – of some of the world's most powerful figures. When he is asked to investigate a bizarre theft, he finds himself on the trail of a conspiracy that could shatter the tranquil world order the Hives have maintained for three centuries.

But Mycroft has his own secrets. He is concealing a much greater threat to the seven Hives, a wild card no degree of statistical analysis could have prophesied. This threat takes the unlikely form of a thirteen-year-old called Bridger. For how will a world that has banished God deal with a child who can perform miracles?

Ada Palmer is an author, historian and composer. She did her PhD at Harvard, teaches History at the University of Chicago, blogs at, composes close harmony folk music and performs with the a capella group Sassafrass.

Shortlisted for 2017 Hugo Best SF novel.

A 2016 Guardian Book of the Year.

Furiously creative debut novel from a new SF talent.

John W. Campbell Award Winner for Best New Writer.

MARKET: Paulo Bacagalupi; Cixin Liu.

'More intricate, more plausible, more significant than any debut I can recall' Cory Doctorow

'The kind of science fiction that makes me excited all over again about what science fiction can do' Jo Walton

'Thought-provoking, disturbing, occasionally perverted, and always entertaining. Worldbuilding at its richest' Kirkus Reviews

Incredibly ambitious and groundbreaking... Palmer writes gloriously lush prose stuffed with asides, allusions and nods to the reader' Guardian

Admirable in its scope and attention to detail... A book thats quirky and makes you think' Concatenation

A powerful, beautifully written novel... It is a mystery, historic document, social commentary and futuristic science fiction all combined to make an excellent novel' Concatenation

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