Epic science fiction peopled with unique and compelling characters from one of the most exciting new talents of the decade.
Jamisia, a young girl protected by biological brain-ware and troubled by multiple voices in her head, flees her comfortable life on a satellite when corporate raiders destroy the entire colony. To her horror, she learns that they were looking for her.
Launched into the intrigues of the mysterious Gueran guild, mutant star-pilots who have a stranglehold on galactic commerce, Jamisia is desperate to avoid capture, and must form uncertain alliances with exotic strangers. Yet, as a rogue computer virus wreaks havoc across the galaxies it seems that humanity’s future rests in her hands: but first she must unlock the deadly secret hidden inside her head.
Against the rich and compelling backdrop of this epic story the author has succeeded in creating a truly unique character in Jamisia and placed her in a novel of fantastic diversity, and breathtaking possibility.
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The spaces between space are full of dragons. The colonists on Guera went mad--one of the plague of mutations which affected all human colonies and drove Earth back from the stars--but their controlled madness meant that they, and they alone, could cope with hyperspace, could ask the Earth humans they and other new human species hate for past betrayal back into space. But a virus is infecting the human-machine interfaces by which they live and stay sane, and Earth's racists are the prime suspects. Meanwhile, Jamisia, subject of endless experiments, and host to a myriad alternate personalities, flees Earth's bloody corporate politics in pursuit of safe haven--and everyone wants a piece of her. The hacker known as Phoenix just wants revenge on the makers of the virus for the death of friends. C.S. Friedman's galaxy full of altered humanities and vicious politics has room in it for tenderness and honour; this is a satisfying space opera, because it is full of characters some of whom will do the right thing. She is good on what stays the same when things change--the austere, mad, security expert Masada and the sweet slob Phoenix are recognisable types, but attractively individualised. -- Roz Kaveney
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Book Description Voyager, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110006483755