by Philip Palmer
Orbit Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841499215
Date: 07 October 2010 List Price £8.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
British author Philip Palmer impressed greatly with his energetic and vibrant début Space Opera Debatable Space when it was released back in 2008 - see here for my review. Palmer followed up with Red Claw, with its fantastic retro cover look and this month we have the release of Version 43, also featuring that same cool cover style.
"The odds of surviving quantum teleportation to the Exodus Universe are, more or less, fifty/fifty. The only ones crazy enough to try it are the desperate, the insane and those sentenced to death for their crimes. Belladonna is home to the survivors and, in a planet run by criminals and desperados, death is commonplace. But a particularly horrific (and improbable) killing attracts the Galactic Police force, and a cyborg cop is sent to investigate. Version 43 has been here before, and has old scores to settle. The cop was human once, but is now more programme than man. And he intends to clean up this planet, permanently, whatever the cost."