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Child of the River: Child of the River (HB) (Confluence) [Paperback]

Paul J. McAuley
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24 Sep 1998 Confluence
Confluence is an artificial world, populated by hundreds of alien races. Abandoned by their creators, its people and their stagnant civilization are threatened by civil war.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (24 Sep 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057560168X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575601680
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,020,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm the author of more than twenty books, including science-fiction, thriller, and crime novels, several collections of short stories, a Doctor Who novella, and an anthology of stories about popular music, which I co-edited with Kim Newman. My fiction has won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, the John W. Campbell award, the Sidewise Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the British Fantasy Award for best short story.

Before I went over to the dark side and became a full-time writer, I worked as a research biologist in various universities, including Oxford and UCLA, and for six years was a lecturer in botany at St Andrews University. My chief research interest was symbioses between unicellular algae and coelenterates, including green hydra, sea anemones, and reef-forming corals. I'm still a huge fan of all things to do with science, and spend too much time tweeting about weird and wonderful stuff as UnlikelyWorlds; Time magazine listed me as one of their top 140 most interesting tweeters in 2013.

I live in North London, and haven't yet walked down every street in the A-Z. But I'm trying.

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About the Author

Paul McAuley (Born 1955) Paul James McAuley was born in Gloucestershire on St George's Day, 1955. He has a Ph.D in Botany and worked as a researcher in biology at various universities, including Oxford and UCLA, and for six years was a lecturer in botany at St Andrews University, before leaving academia to write full time. He started publishing science fiction with the short story "Wagon, Passing" for Asimov's Science Fiction in 1984. His first novel, 400 Billion Stars won the Philip K. Dick Award in 1988, and 1995's Fairyland won the Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell Awards. He has also won the British Fantasy, Sidewise and Theodore Sturgeon Awards. He lives in London. You can find his blog at:

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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written but not very original 29 Dec 2007
Nice, visual style of writing. The characters were fairly mediocre and there wasn't anything groundbreaking about the science, with this being more of a 'future fantasy' than a real science-fiction book. It's the first part of a trilogy, but unfortunately the plot doesn't reach any resolution by the end of the book, so it's probably best read as part of a whole. I've not read the other books and it now seems as though this book is out of print. This is a pity because the style of writing was very visual and the world the author has created, if not particularly original, was beautifully visualised. I would definitely keep an eye open for other books by this author.
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Every now and again an author manages to strike the right level between giving enough clues to make the readers feel more intelligent than the protaganists, and leaving us wondering what the hell is going on. This is just about right, though perhaps those brighter than me will feel it is too easy. The pages just kept on turning and, while I never actually missed my station on the way home, it was, 'a damned close run thing', on a couple of occasions. I'm looking forward to the next volume coming out.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Why book one of N? 14 Jan 2000
Nice characters, slow story line. Like a third of an Anne McCaffrey novel strung out to be a whole book on its own. Would have done better if amalgamated with books two and three from the start. Ends at exactly the wrong point and shamlessly directs you to the next volume. Formula sequelisation at its worst. But a good if unsatisfying read.
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