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The Quiet War Omnibus: The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun

Paul McAuley

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Fiction, Science fiction

The Quiet War novels collected together for the first time. Future history at its best. The Quiet War, Gardens of the Sun, In the Mouth of the Whale, Evening's Empires

Who decides what it means to be human?

Twenty-third century Earth has been ravaged by climate change, and is now dominated by a few powerful families, with millions of people in prison and millions more labouring to rebuild ruined ecosystems. Meanwhile on Jupiter and Saturn, live the Outers. They have built a wild variety of scientific utopias crammed with exuberant creations of the genetic arts. Now they want to colonise Earth and drive human evolution in a new direction.

On Earth, some want to launch a pre-emptive strike against the Outers while others wish to exploit the talents of the gene wizards. It is clear that the fragile detente between the two branches of humanity is breaking down and they may be heading towards war . . .

The Quiet War is over.
A century of enlightenment, rational utopianism and exploration of new ways of being human has fallen dark.
But victory is fragile, and riven by vicious internal politics. While seeking out and trying to anatomise the strange gardens abandoned in place by Avernus, the Outers' greatest genius, the gene wizard Sri Hong-Owen is embroiled in the plots and counterplots of the family that employs her. The diplomat Loc Ifrahim soon discovers that profiting from victory isn't as easy as he thought. And in Greater Brazil, the Outers' democratic traditions have infected a population eager to escape the tyranny of the great families who rule them.

After such a conflict only one thing is clear. No one can escape the consequences of war - especially the victors.

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Praise for The Quiet War Omnibus: The Quiet War and Gardens of the Sun

  • Paul McAuley is one of our most versatile and talented SF writers - Publishers Weekly

  • Paul McAuley is a leader of his generation of writers. THE QUIET WAR is an epic of hard science, politics, economics and human evolution, driven by a pacy narrative and vivid characters. A plausible future that's every bit as sprawling, bloody and compelling any work of history. - Stephen Baxter

  • This book is quietly brilliant. It will probably prove to be - quietly - the best science fiction novel of the year. It is superbly, and often exquisitely written; McAuley is simply one of the best prose stylists working in the genre today. The worlds were superbly rendered: vivid and believable and wonderfully immersive - Adam Roberts

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Paul McAuley

Paul McAuley (Born 1955)
Paul James McAuley was born in Gloucestershire on St George's Day, 1955. He has a Ph.D in Botany and worked as a researcher in biology at various universities, including Oxford and UCLA, and for six years was a lecturer in botany at St Andrews University, before leaving academia to write full time. He started publishing science fiction with the short story "Wagon, Passing" for Asimov's Science Fiction in 1984. His first novel, 400 Billion Stars won the Philip K. Dick Award in 1988, and 1995's Fairyland won the Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell Awards. He has also won the British Fantasy, Sidewise and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. He lives in London.

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