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Stations of the Tide

Michael Swanwick

Orb Books

From author Michael Swanwick—one of the most brilliantly assured and darkly inventive writers of contemporary fiction—comes a masterwork of radically altered realities and world-shattering seductions.

The Jubilee Tides will drown the continents of the planet Miranda beneath the weight of her own oceans. But as the once-in-two-centuries cataclysm approaches, an even greater catastrophe threatens this dark and dangerous planet of tale-spinners, conjurers, and shapechangers.

A man from the Bureau of Proscribed Technologies has been sent to investigate. For Gregorian has come, a genius renegade scientist and charismatic bush wizard. With magic and forbidden technology, he plans to remake the rotting, dying world in his own evil image—and to force whom or whatever remains on its diminishing surface toward a terrifying and astonishing confrontation with death and transcendence.

This novel of surreal hard SF was compared to the fiction of Gene Wolfe when it was first published, and the author has gone on in the two decades since to become recognized as one of the finest living SF and fantasy writers.

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The Leviathan in Flight
 
The bureaucrat fell from the sky.
For an instant Miranda lay blue and white beneath him, the icecaps fat and ready to melt, and then he was down. He took a highspeed across the stony plains of the Piedmont to the heliostat terminus at Port Richmond, and caught the first flight out. The airship Leviathan lofted him across the fall line and over the forests and coral hills of the Tidewater. Specialized ecologies were astir there, preparing for the transforming magic of the jubilee tides. In ramshackle villages and hidden plantations people made
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Praise for Stations of the Tide:

“Tantric sex, horrors supernatural and technological…a heady mix of wild ideas and images, mean and tender, exciting and scary.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“ Engrossing…enigmatic…playful, erotic, and disturbing.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“ One of the strangest surrealistic science fiction novels you’ll read….It slowly and quietly impresses you with its brilliance.”
—Tampa Tribune

“Powerful…vivid…a novel of great ingenuity and panache.”
—Washington Post Book World

Praise for Stations of the Tide:

“Tantric sex, horrors supernatural and technological…a heady mix of wild ideas and images, mean and tender, exciting and scary.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

“ Engrossing…enigmatic…playful, erotic, and disturbing.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“ One of the strangest surrealistic science fiction novels you’ll read….It slowly and quietly impresses you with its brilliance.”
—Tampa Tribune

“Powerful…vivid…a novel of great ingenuity and panache.”
—Washington Post Book World

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    Stations of the Tide

    Michael Swanwick

    Nebula Awards - Nominee, Nebula Award Winner, Hugo Award - Nominee
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