Burning Paradise

Robert Charles Wilson

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From Robert Charles Wilson, the author of the Hugo-winning Spin, comes Burning Paradise, a new tale of humans coming to grips with a universe of implacable strangeness.

Cassie Klyne, nineteen years old, lives in the United States in the year 2015—but it’s not our United States, and it’s not our 2015.

Cassie’s world has been at peace since the Great Armistice of 1918. There was no World War II, no Great Depression. Poverty is declining, prosperity is increasing everywhere; social instability is rare. But Cassie knows the world isn’t what it seems. Her parents were part of a group who gradually discovered the awful truth: that for decades—back to the dawn of radio communications—human progress has been interfered with, made more peaceful and benign, by an extraterrestrial entity. That by interfering with our communications, this entity has tweaked history in massive and subtle ways. That humanity is, for purposes unknown, being farmed.

Cassie’s parents were killed for this knowledge, along with most of the other members of their group. Since then, the survivors have scattered and gone into hiding. Cassie and her younger brother Thomas now live with her aunt Nerissa, who shares these dangerous secrets. Others live nearby. For eight years they have attempted to lead unexceptional lives in order to escape detection. The tactic has worked.

Until now. Because the killers are back. And they’re not human.

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BUFFALO, NEW YORK
Everything that followed might have happened differently—or might not have happened at all—had Cassie been able to sleep that night.
She had tried to sleep, had wanted to sleep, had dutifully gone to bed at 11:30, but now it was three hours and some minutes past midnight and her thoughts were running like hamsters in an exercise wheel. She stood up, switched on the light, dressed herself in gray sweat pants and a yellow flannel shirt, and padded barefoot down the chilly parquet floor of the hallway to the kitchen.

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Born in California, ROBERT CHARLES WILSON grew up in Canada. He is the author of many acclaimed SF novels, including Darwinia, Blind Lake, Julian Comstock, and the Hugo Award–winning Spin.

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Burning Paradise
Robert Charles Wilson

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Science Fiction
8/26/2014
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780765369178
ISBN10: 0765369176
4 1/8 x 6 3/4 inches, 432 pages
$8.99

Unabridged Digital Audio

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Macmillan Audio
November 2013
Unabridged Digital Audio
ISBN: 9781427232250
ISBN10: 1427232253
Audio Run Time: 11:00
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Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
November 2013
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765332615
ISBN10: 0765332612
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$25.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Tor Books
November 2013
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466800762
ISBN10: 1466800763
320 pages
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