In a strange, re-mixed future Manchester, a cloud of pollen descends and people are sneezing themselves to death. A small percentage of the population are immune. Two of them - shadow-cop Sibyl Jones and her wayward daughter, Boda - follow separate paths to the place where the pollen originates.
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If you like challenging science fiction, then Jeff Noon is the author for you.
Pollen is the sequel to Vurt (winner of the 1994 Arthur C. Clarke award), and both are concerned with a world in which dreams, drug-induced hallucination, and reality become completely intermingled. In this volume, the dream world unleashes a pollen that threatens to cause people in the real world to sneeze to death.
But no review can do Noon's writing justice: it's a phantasmagoric combination of the more imaginative science fiction masters, such as Phillip K. Dick, genres such as cyberpunk and pulp fiction, and drug culture.
If you would like a more accessible approach to Jeff Noon's richly imagined world, I recommend Automated Alice, a modern recasting of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.From the Inside Flap:
ing author of Vurt spins another audaciously inventive tales of reality gone soft and dreams become real. As an enormous cloud of pollen descends upon a city, people begin to literally sneeze themselves to death. When a cop, one of the few who is immune, sets out to find the source of the plague, what she discovers will forever alter the ancient relationship between people and the myths they create to make sense of the world.
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Book Description Fourth Estate Ltd, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111857023986
Book Description Fourth Estate Ltd, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M1857023986