The Gap Series (2) - Forbidden Knowledge

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A new-cover reissue of the second book in the bestselling five-volume sf series created by the world-famous author of the Thomas Covenant chronicles – and acclaimed as the ‘best work of his career’.

In The Real Story, Morn Hyland had survived a terrible ordeal at the hands of one space pirate, only to find herself trapped in the ship of another, surrounded by hostile, unfriendly faces.

Nick Succorso had rescued her, but for what purpose? He and his crew were all illegals, and she was a cop – a cop with gap-sickness. Just having her on board would put all their lives at risk. But Nick knew that Morn possessed something that could be of value to them all – and he had every intention of exploiting it.

As she struggled to recover from her shattering experiences, Morn would hear increasingly shocking tales of corruption in the UMCP, and even more alarming rumours of a shadowy alien life force – the Amnion – with their all-consuming mutagens. All too soon, on the long and hazardous voyage to forbidden space, the bizarre stories would become horrifying reality…

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‘The essence of Donaldson’s artistry – and the key to his success – is his ability to construct narrative crescendos that build and build and keep on building, unremittingly, until they have reached a pitch which no composer of texts has ever attained before.’
Interzone

‘Fascinating… the best thing Donaldson has ever done.’
Oxford Times

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BOOK TWO OF THE GAP SERIES

Stephen Donaldson’s ambitious space epic has not only been acclaimed by critics as an outstanding literary achievement, but has also become a worldwide bestseller. In 'Forbidden Knowledge', the far future first depicted in 'The Real Story' is further revealed in all its astonishing absorbing complexity, as the author spins a galaxy-wide web of intrigue, deception and betrayal.

Morn Hyland has survived a terrible ordeal at the hands of one pirate, only to find herself trapped in the ship of another. Nick Succorso rescued her from Angus Thermopyle, but for what purpose? He and his crew are all illegals, and she is a cop – a cop with gap-sickness. Just having her on board puts all their lives at risk. But Nick knows that Morn possesses something that could be of value to them all – and he has every intention of exploiting it.

On the long and hazardous voyage to forbidden space, Morn will hear shocking rumours of high-level corruption, and even more alarming tales of a shadowy alien force – the Amnion – and their all-consuming mutagens. All too soon, the bizarre stories will become terrifying reality …

“Stephen Donaldson, a master of cybernetic horror, writes in overdrive … corruption is rife, gangsters and fraudsters abound, layer upon layer of environmental and moral pollution … life in the uncontrollably fast lane”
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