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Sweats (a near-future science-fiction technothriller) [Kindle Edition]

Keith Brooke
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All the forensics point to Joey Bannerman - the DNA profile, the fingerprints, the pheromone signature, the security cam records... But Joey wasn't there, he wasn't in his body at the time of the hit. Joey is a sweat, and he was safely warehoused away while someone else paid to ride his bones... Or at least, that's his defence.
 
After its initial publication in Postscripts, Sweats was adapted to become part of Brooke's critically-acclaimed novel The Accord, described by SF Site as "one of the finest novels of virtual reality yet written". 

A high-tech, near-future cyber-thriller, Sweats showcases the short fiction talent of an author described by Locus as belonging in "the recognized front ranks of SF writers".

 
"The Accord is not only Brooke's best novel to date, but one of the finest to broach the subject of virtual reality" - The Guardian
 
"a rare treat" - Publishers Weekly on The Accord
 
"a literary science fiction tour de force" - SciFi Wire on The Accord
 
"a truly major sf work that should be considered for all eligible awards" - SFF World on The Accord

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 299 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: infinite press (13 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005VPXHCM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #459,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Keith Brooke's first novel, Keepers of the Peace, appeared in 1990, since when he has published six more adult novels, six collections, and over 60 short stories. For ten years from 1997 he ran the web-based SF, fantasy and horror showcase infinity plus, featuring the work of around 100 top genre authors, including Michael Moorcock, Stephen Baxter, Connie Willis, Gene Wolfe, Vonda McIntyre and Jack Vance. His novel Genetopia was published by Pyr in February 2006 and was their first title to receive a starred review in Publishers Weekly; The Accord, published by Solaris in 2009, received another starred PW review and was optioned for film. His quirky fantasy, The Unlikely World of Faraway Frankie, described by Adam Roberts as "A masterclass in how to transcend labels...everybody, of whatever age, should read it" came out in April 2010.

His latest novel is alt.human (UK title), also known as Harmony (North American title), published by Solaris in 2012 and shortlisted for the Philip K Dick Award. Writing as Nick Gifford, his teen fiction is published by Puffin, with one novel also optioned for the movies by Andy Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish's Caveman Films.

He writes reviews for The Guardian, teaches creative writing at the University of Essex, and lives with his partner Debbie in Wivenhoe, Essex.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is the second Keith Brooke story I've read, and it's unlikely to be the last on this showing. As it's a short story I don't want to give away too much of the plot. Let's just say that this is intelligent, well-written, head-messing science fiction. I love the kind of fiction that messes with the readers ideas of reality; sci-fi can do this very well (as anyone who's seen Inception or Moon can attest), and Sweats is an excellent example.
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3.0 out of 5 stars sweats 17 April 2012
By Allison Leinbach - Published on Amazon.com
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This story is interesting, even intriguing but it seems appropriate that it became part of another story because it doesn't stand alone as well as other shorts. A crime is committed but the "body" that committed it was being controlled by another persons mind. The investigative technology allows officials to deduce who controlled the body, with a twist (interesting) but the twist demonstrates a more complex crime was committed (intrigue) which leads to the discussion of the place (the Accord) where all this will be resolved but not in this story. I think I would have rather read the Accord instead of Sweats. The technology needs more explanation as does the social structure that created the Accord.
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