Brenda W. Clough How Like a God

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How Like a God

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When a software developer suddenly discovers that he has the ability to read the hearts and minds of everyone around him, he expects to enjoy his godlike power, but when his power reveals its darker side, he is driven from his family to the depths of despair and degradation. Reprint.

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Rob Lewis, an ordinary computer programmer with a wife and two kids, becomes something extraordinary one day after he wakes up and discovers he can read--and control--other people's minds. It's an ability most people dream of having, but for Rob it quickly destroys his life. There is a death, injuries, the threat of warping the lives of his children. Rob flees to New York where, homeless and destitute, he contacts Edwin Barbaross of the National Institutes of Health. Together they travel to Uzbekistan, where Rob will face both the source of his powers and his own inner demons.

About the Author:

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. She has lived in Laos, the Philippines, Hong Kong, and Germany. She returned to Pittsburgh, PA to earn a degree in English/Creative Writing at Carnegie Mellon University in 1977.

Several years working as a meek mild-mannered reporter for a major metropolitan newsletter enabled her to write a fantasy novel, THE CRYSTAL CROWN (1984). She has also written THE DRAGON OF MISHBIL (1985), THE REALM BENEATH (1986), and THE NAME OF THE SUN (1988) Her childrens novel, AN IMPOSSUMBLE SUMMER (1992) is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest.

A number of short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies, the most recent being HOW TO SAVE THE WORLD (1996, Charles Sheffield, ed.), and THE SANDMAN BOOK OF DREAMS (1996, Neil Gaiman and Ed Kramer, eds.).

Her latest novel, HOW LIKE A GOD, was published by Tor Books in 1997. In its review Locus Magazine says, Clough brings myth and science and plain human existence (complex as all get-out) together for what proves to be a fine blend, and a very good read, offering physical, psychological, and metaphysical insights into the human condition, along with the sometimes delightfully outlandish action that drives the best of pulp fiction.

And the New York Times Book Review says, Ms. Clough has an appealingly cheeky imagination.

Her next novel, DOORS OF DEATH AND LIFE, will appear in 2000.

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