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It is the very near future. Paul Ali, a young writer of light fiction with a Muslim heritage, has been arrested for no compelling reason. He is held as Prisoner B, in HARM - the Hostile Activities Research Ministry - and isolated. Foul-mouthed interrogators subject him to torture and unremitting questioning. To evade this misery, Prisoner B escapes - through his split personality - to a science fiction-like planet ruled by insects, in every sense a thousand light years away. But gradually the two worlds start to converge... In the tradition of dystopias like '1984', this novel shocks, provokes and entertains.
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'All the relish, the vigour and the inventiveness of Science Fiction at its best' - Doris Lessing. 'Subtle literary fiction and vivid science fiction and everything in between' - Michael Moorcock. 'This book is angry, powerful ... it is wonderfully rich ... full of unexpected humour ... Aldiss has produced what may be his most dangerous vision yet' - The Times. 'One of the best SF writers Britain has ever produced' - Iain M Banks. 'The subtlety of the storytelling is astonishing... This is exquisite stuff' --DeathRay MagazineSynopsis:
It is the very near future. Paul Ali, a young science fiction writer, who has the perceived misfortune of a Muslim heritage, has been arrested for no compelling reason. He is held as prisoner B, without a lawyer and isolated. Whenever the powers-that-be fancy a diversion, they beat him up. A foul-mouthed jobsworth subjects him to coarse and unremitting questioning. To escape from this humiliation prisoner B writes - in the privacy of his mind - a science fiction novel set on a planet in every sense a thousand light years away. But gradually the two worlds start to converge...In the tradition of dystopias like "1984", this novel shocks and entertains.
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Book Description Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd 2008, 2008. Condition: New. New paperback. Fine and unread. Seller Inventory # C77425
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