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Air (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Hardcover – 21 Jul 2005

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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (21 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575076976
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575076976
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,487,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ryman's novel is beautifully tragi-comic and filled with memorable characters. Rarer, it's a science fiction book that looks outside of Europe, North America and the cooler parts of Asia to remind us that the future will be lived by all humanity. (Jonathan Wright SFX)

None of Geoff Ryman's books is quite like another. His richest and best so far, Air is also perhaps his most mature. (Roz Kaveney TIME OUT)

Ryman weaves a simply engrossing tale of changing love, friendships and enmities. It's a terrific mix of backbiting, SF and even magic realism. (Anthony Brown STARBURST)

This is a novel you really have to read. (VECTOR)

'Air' manages to be a serious mediation on the effects of technology in a Third World context without being patronising; it's a genial comic masterpiece with moments of real poigancy. (John O'Connell TIME OUT CRITICS CHOICE 2005)

"An exquisite, beautiful, moving, and perfectly-judged fictional marvel. Ryman gets everything right in the novel. It is an unforgettable piece of fiction." (Adam Roberts INFINITY PLUS)

"Combining classic SF imagineering with Ryman's characteristically idiosyncratic take on magic realism." (NEW STATESMAN)

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Geoff Ryman's triumphant return to science fiction is a powerful, evocative story of information technology and world change

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Dec. 2005
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I admit I love Geoff Ryman's work, even though you can never be quite sure what you're going to get with him. This is, I suppose, technically a straightforward science fiction novel in that the mechanism that moves the plot is a speculative expansion of Internet technologies into a sort of technologically created global telepathy. But Ryman's talent is in the way he locates the story in a wonderfully realised world - a distant Asian village - and makes us care about a flawed but fascinating central character, Chung Mae.
Tender, funny, scary, and enormously clever. I really can't recomment this novel highly enough.
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