A King of Infinite Space

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Welcome to Heaven. Here's a mop.

It's not that simple, of course. First you have to die. Grunge rock, bad acid, and an eighteen-wheeler will do that. Then you have to survive. Not too complicated, toward the century's end, for a neglected rich kid with guilt-ridden parents and cryogenics. Then there's the resurrection. That's more complex, involving runaway nanotechnology, a neutral interface in the brain, an asteroid named for Jerry Garcia, and a castle that needs cleaning. Hence, the mop.

Death for William Alec Tucker III is a gateway to the future, and a second chance to accomplish what he's left undone: which is just about everything. Life after death is almost pleasant. Until Alec finds out that he's a pawn in a systemwide struggle for power and embarks on an odyssey of discovery that takes him from the far reaches of the asteroid belt to the fleshpots of Clarke County, Space. And even father, to the beckoning stars.

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Allen Steele established himself as a popular and innovative SF writer with his first novel, Orbital Decay, which focused on the blue collar workers who built the first space station. HE has gone on the publish a number of additions to the "Near Space" near-future sequence, the latest of which is A King of Infinite Space, as well as completely independent stories such as The Tranquility Alternative and The Jericho Iteration. Steele has also published a number of well-received shorter works including "The Death of Captain Future," which won the Hugo Award and was a Nebula finalist.

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...surprises await. All is not what it seems. And you ... are destined to be still more satisfied when this one ends. -- Analog, Tom Easton

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