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Synopsis: From one of science fiction’s greatest living writers comes an unforgettable near-future novel in the hortatory tradition of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Orwell’s 1984, and Dick’s A Scanner Darkly. Both a searing indictment of a fear-drenched political climate and a visionary allegory that shines a piercing light on timeless human verities, HARM is a powerfully compact masterwork that is sure to be one of the most passionately discussed books of the year.
The time is today or tomorrow–or perhaps the day after tomorrow. Paul Fadhil Abbas Ali, a young British citizen of Muslim descent, has written a satirical novel in which two characters joke about the assassination of the prime minister. Arrested by agents of HARM–the Hostile Activities Research Ministry–Paul is thrown into a nameless Abu Ghraib-like prison, possibly located in Syria, where he is held incommunicado and brutally interrogated by jailers to whom his Muslim heritage is itself a crime meriting the harshest punishment. Under this sadistic regime, Paul’s personality begins to show signs of radical fragmentation. . . .
On the remote planet of Stygia, a man named Fremant, haunted by memories of torture that seem drawn from Paul’s mind, is one of a small group of colonists struggling for survival on a harsh but weirdly beautiful world whose dominant life-forms are insects. The sole humanoid race on the planet has been hunted to extinction by the human settlers, whose long journey to Stygia has left them unable to understand their own history and technology.
Thrown back to a more primitive state, they seem destined to repeat all the sins of the world they fled to Stygia to escape.
Is Paul dreaming Fremant as a way of escaping the horrors of his imprisonment? Or is there a stronger–and far stranger–connection between the two men, whose very different circumstances begin to take on uncanny parallels?
As aspects of their identities blur and, finally, merge, astonishing answers take shape–and profound new questions arise.
About the Author: Brian W. Aldiss served in the Royal Signal Corps between 1943 and 1947, then worked as a bookseller and as the literary editor of the Oxford Mail before turning to writing full-time. He is the author of the autobiography Bury My Heart at W. H. Smith’s, and his many prize-winning novels include Hothouse, which won the Hugo Award, The Saliva Tree, which received the Nebula Award, and Helliconia Spring and its sequels. Several of his books and stories, including Frankenstein Unbound and Brothers of the Head, have been adapted for the screen. His story “Supertoys Last All Summer Long” was adapted into Artificial Intelligence, a film initially conceived by Stanley Kubrick and ultimately directed by Steven Spielberg.
Publisher: Del Rey
Publication Date: 2007
Book Condition: Good
Edition: First Ed.
Book Description Del Rey, 2007. Book Condition: Very Good. First Ed. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96294521
Book Description Del Rey. Hardcover. Book Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2579093997
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Light shelving wear with minimal damage to cover and bindings. Pages show minor use. Bookseller Inventory # G034549671XI3N00
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G034549671XI3N10
Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Light wear to edges and pages. Cover and spine show no easily noticeable damage. Bookseller Inventory # G034549671XI4N10
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Book Description Random House Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows a small amount of wear - very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # G034549671XI4N10
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Book Description Del Rey. Book Condition: Good. First edition copy. . Very Good dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # SA20B-00979
Book Description Del Rey, U.S.A., 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. Ballantine Del Rey, 2007; stated First Edition; first printing with the appropriate number line. Includes an interview with Aldiss relating to the book. Cover art by Tifenn Python. Book Condition: Fine. The spine is straight and unmarked. The front board is clean. The back board is clean. The board corners are sharp. The board edges are clean. The pages are white and unmarked. There is neatly penciled pricing information in the upper right hand corner of the ffep. The page edges are clean. The book is tight. Dust jacket Condition: Near Fine. Not price clipped ($21.95). The front shows slight rubbing. The back shows slight rubbing. The spine is clean. The front panel is clean. The back panel is clean. This book will be shipped the day after receipt of payment in an archival bag and bubble wrapped in a new box with a USPS tracking number. International buyers: heavier books may require additional shipping charges. 225 p. Book. Bookseller Inventory # HC123982