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Penumbra [Kindle Edition]

Eric Brown
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Amazon Review

This is a very skilfully plotted novel about which it is best not to give too much away. Eric Brown takes a space pilot haunted by the death of his sister, a dying billionaire who may have the key to an ancient alien secret, a young Buddhist navigator, a street kid turned Calcutta homicide detective and a religiously motivated serial killer. He then adds a convoluted back history to an adventure of exploration, discovery and murder on both earth and the planet Penumbra.

This is the book for readers who really don't want to know where a writer might be taking them, and the author springs at least two genuine surprises. If there is a problem it is that Penumbra is almost too ambitious, and sometimes fails to make all the details completely convincing. Eric Brown raises a lot of serious issues, from bereavement and reconciliation, to the possibilities of religious faith and the very nature of life itself. He doesn't always explore these issues as thoroughly as one might like, as the ingenious plot races ever forwards.

The more meditative aspects of Penumbra bring to mind the calm of Arthur C. Clarke's work, while those who appreciate the involved mystery will find much to enjoy in Kim Stanley Robinson's Icehenge. Ultimately though, any reader's reaction to this book will depend very much on their acceptance or rejection of certain spiritual ideas, and to say any more would risk spoiling the journey of discovery that is Penumbra. --Gary S. Dalkin

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When a young tug pilot's career is ruined by a collision in Earth orbit he has no choice but to accept a commission to fly an eccentric ship builder to a planet far from the trade routes. When they discover alien ruins on the planet and the hulk of a missing generation ship they are thrown into the centre of a conspiracy that reaches back centuries.

Meanwhile on earth a young Indian police officer is trying to track down a serial killer little suspecting that the killer is linked to what is happening on a planet light years away and that her own past holds the key to everything that is happening. Eric Brown has written a novel that brings together an extraordinary imagination, rare sensitivity to character and a love of Eastern philosphy. A key novel from one of the UK's favourite SF writers.


"This is a very skilfully plotted novel about which it is best not to give too much away... This is the book for readers who really don't want to know where a writer might be taking them... The more meditative aspects of Penumbra bring to mind the calm of Arthur C Clarke's work, while those who appreciate the involved mystery will find much to enjoy in Kim Stanley Robinson's Icehenge."
--Gary S Dalkin

"Eric Brown is the name to watch in SF"
--Peter F Hamilton

"Eric Brown is back - and he has fire in his belly. Recommended"
--Stephen Baxter

"SF infused with a cosmopolitan and literary sensibility ... accomplished and affecting"
--Paul J. McAuley

"Stories which are the essence of modern science fiction and yet show a passionate concern for the human predicament and human values"
--Bob Shaw

From the Publisher

Read what SF's top authors have said about Eric Brown
'Eric Brown is the name to watch in SF' Peter F. Hamilton

'Eric Brown is back - and he has fire in his belly. Recommended' Stephen Baxter

'SF infused with a cosmopolitan and literary sensibility . . . accomplished and affecting' Paul J. McAuley

'Stories which are the essence of modern science fiction and yet show a passionate concern for the human predicament and human values' Bob Shaw

About the Author

SALES POINTS * Eric Brown voted one of the top ten SF writers in the UK by Vector Magazine * Consistently voted one of the reader's favourites in Interzone * Homegrown SF talent going through a resurgence at the moment * Part of the new Millennium SF list
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