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Swanwick, Michael.

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ISBN 10: 0312069898 / ISBN 13: 9780312069896
Published by St. Martin's., NY:, 1992
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. Signed by Swanwick. A near fine copy in a near fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 6245

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Publisher: St. Martin's., NY:

Publication Date: 1992

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st US edition

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Workers and researchers for the high-tech industries controlling the Moon watch helplessly as the Earth seems headed for world war and a cutoff of their life-giving supplies

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Swanwick's ( Gravity's Angels ) latest combines many elements common to his previous work: a solid hard-science fiction setting, an interest in the workings of interpersonal relationships, and speculation about the potentials of the mind and the nature of personality. Gunther Weil is an underachieving lunar laborer, content in his routine job and the occasional petty expression of insubordination. But when an unexpected solar flare catches him exposed on the moon's surface and his ingenuity alone saves him from death, Gunther becomes a sort of celebrity. Later, when a limited nuclear war breaks out on earth, Gunther finds himself in an even more prominent position. A terrorist has released an engineered virus into the moonbase, rendering all those within it insane, and Gunther is one of the few lucky enough to have been outside at the time. As the sane survivors use and sometimes abuse the highly suggestible insane, Gunther and a few others search for a cure. But will that cure return the sufferers to themselves or leave them irrevocably changed? Swanwick weaves the story with characteristic verve and style, and though his exploration of the issues raised by the psychological viruses falls short of its potential, this is an entertaining and provocative novella.
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