The Restoration Game
by Ken MacLeod
Orbit Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841496474
Date: 01 July 2010 List Price £18.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
One of the most wonderful things about having been doing this reviewing and commentating lark for so long (eleven years and counting!) is that I've been able to watch the careers of certain extraordinary writers develop from 'quite promising' to 'fully fledged greatness' - few personify this trajectory better than Ken MacLeod who must now surely be regarded as one of the genre's most authoritative political voices. Following his BSFA award winning book The Night Sessions, Orbit now publish The Restoration Game in hard cover.
"There is no such place as Krassnia. Lucy Stone should know - she was born there. In that tiny, troubled region of the former Soviet Union, revolution is brewing. Its organisers need a safe place to meet, and where better than the virtual spaces of an online game? Lucy, who works for a start-up games company in Edinburgh, has a project that almost seems made for the job: a game inspired by The Krassniad, an epic folk tale concocted by Lucy's mother Amanda, who studied there in the 1980s. Lucy knows Amanda is a spook. She knows her great-grandmother Eugenie also visited the country in the '30s, and met the man who originally collected Krassnian folklore, and who perished in Stalin's terror. As Lucy digs up details about her birthplace to slot into the game, she finds the open secrets of her family's past, the darker secrets of Krassnia's past - and hints about the crucial role she is destined to play in The Restoration Game ... "