When Leonardo Pegasus, Court Magician, created the Multiple Empathy Engine - a device that enabled the viewer to see the entire world - his reward was to lose his job, his home and nearly his life. But now Leonardo's invention has been taken up by the government of the Land, who will use it as the ultimate communication - and espionage - device. Soon there will be a Multiple Empathy Network ...and even the King will have one. Yet when Leonardo built his machine he also unwittingly conjured something else ...a malevolent spirit of science and shadow that danced in the depths of the Empathy Engine. When there was but one machine, the creature was contained. Now there's a Network - and the spirit is loose in the Land.
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Head of Cameras & Lighting for the BBC for 5 years, Steve Cockayne is now a lecturer in Media & Production studies. He is currently restoring and reviving the family business, a Marionette Theatre, some of the characters from which provided the inspiration for the characters of this novel.Review:
'Steve Cockayne has created something fascinating and strange. It is intricate, important and moving' China Mieville 'A compelling read' SFX 'Startlingly original. an important new writer has arrived on the British scene' STARBURST 'An absorbing Fantasy' DREAMWATCH 'A novel that creates its own mythology and marvels' INTERZONE 'There is no faulting Cockayne's story telling. His style is direct and simple, yet very engaging. He seems as equally comfortable writing pathos and humor as he is at dealing with myths and violence.' SFREVU.COM 'A heady fusion of well-known fantasy tropes and the quiet oddness of everyday life, with a dash of social satire for good measure.' ZONE- SF.COM 'A laudable and immensely readable debut from a sparkling new voice' DIVERSEBOOKS.COM 'Original . well written . emotionally involving .quite charming. An excellent beginning to a vibrant new fantasy saga' THE ALIEN ONLINE
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Book Description Orbit, 2003. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M184149156X