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Till Human Voices Wake Us by Mark Budz
Review by Ernest Lilley
Spectra Mass Market  ISBN/ITEM#: 0553588516
Date: 31 July 2007 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Till Human Voices Wake Us is a richly interwoven story of self discovery. Though it follows a variety of different characters through apparently disconnected places and times, the actual connections are slowly revealed to the reader...and to the characters. In all of them, from the far future survivor of a starship disaster recovering his shattered self in a virtual hospital, to the preacher with radio van broadcasting his personal blog of faith to the streets of Santa Cruz and the architect dying of cancer in the 30s who turns to the occult for answers, they're all looking for the person they were, or the person they might have been. It's a brilliant work by a writer who marches to the beat of his own drums, or possibly the voices in his head.

From official release/information:

Book Description: In such groundbreaking novels as Crache and Idolon, Mark Budz established his reputation as one of science fiction's most exciting and innovative writers. Now he surprises us again with an ambitious new thriller set in three realities at once, where three different lives hang in the balance….

What if your world were rapidly running out of tomorrows? And what if the only way to save the future was to relive the past? But which past holds the key to survival? That's the life-and-death question faced by three desperate people separated by the past, present, and future but who share a single terrifying reality. A tortured soul, brain-damaged in a motorcycle accident, issues a pirate broadcast out of a van in near-future California. In Depression-era San Francisco an architect with an inoperable brain tumor seeks a mystical cure. A post-human space traveler caught in a cosmic accident searches for a way to reconstruct himself and the future. In Mark Budz's spellbinding narrative, their lives–and deaths–are drawn together by a force even more powerful than destiny.

(Source: Spectra)

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