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Equations of Life by Simon Morden
Orbit Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841499482
Date: 07 April 2011 List Price 7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /

Uncorrected Proof Copy: I've been very lucky to get an early look at a novel that Orbit will be publishing next April. British author Simon Morden has been around a little while, honing his talents in the short fiction markets. I listed his dimension hopping Telos Novella, Another War, back in 2005, but it was with his YA book, The Lost Art (reviewed by Iain Emsley back in our May 2007 issue) that he has perhaps made his most significant impression on the market... so far, that is!Altered Carbon colliding head on with Gibson's Neuromancer, whilst side-swiping Stephenson's Snowcrash. I absolutely loved it!

"Meet Samuil Petrovitch: a Russian emigre with a smart mouth, a dodgy heart and a dodgier past. He's brilliant, friendless, cocky and ? even in a world where the No. 1 rule is 'don't get involved' ? stands out as a selfish, miserable b*****d. Petrovitch debuts in EQUATIONS OF LIFE: a fast-paced, wise-cracking, action-packed romp through the overcrowded, decaying urban jungle of a not-so-distant future, featuring ? amongst many other ingredients ? exiled yakuza, Russian gangsters, gang warfare, virtual reality and a two-metre-tall warrior-nun packing an unfeasibly large automatic pistol. YOU ARE NOW ENTERING THE LONDON METROZONE. THE TIME IS SEVEN THIRTY-FIVE IN THE MORNING, TWO DECADES AFTER ARMAGEDDON. MIND THE GAP. "

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