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The Shadow of Heaven

Bob Shaw

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Fiction, Science fiction

From a winner of the BSFA award for best novel

Those who tried never returned and those who didn't, always wondered what they were missing by not attempting the perilous journey to 'Heaven'

The official designation of the giant anti-gravity floating disc was 'International Land Extension U.S.23'. But to the people living like sardines in the fam-apts and dormitories on the ground below, it was known as 'Heaven'.

Government regulations meant that it was almost impossible for a human being to get to 'Heaven' - almost, but no quite, as Vic Sterling found out when he began to hunt for his missing half-brother Johnny Considine. For Johnny, along with over a hundred other rebels, had decided they could no longer stand the living conditions on Earth and had hitched a ride to 'Heaven' a 'Heaven' full of unexpected dangers for Vic when he decided to follow.

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Bob Shaw

Bob Shaw (1931 - 1996)
Bob Shaw was born in Belfast in 1931. After working in engineering, aircraft design and journalism he became a full time writer in 1975. Among his novels are Orbitsville, A Wreath of Stars, The Ragged Astronauts and his best-known work Other Days, Other Eyes, based on the Nebula Award-nominated 'Light of Other Days', the story that made his reputation. Although his SF novels and stories were for the most part serious, Shaw was well-known in fannish circles for his sense of humour, and his witty 'Serious Scientific Talks' were a favourite of attendees at Eastercons. Bob Shaw won two Hugos and three BSFA Awards. He died in 1996.

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