Polystom (GOLLANCZ S.F.) Paperback – 8 Jul 2004
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EVENTS Adam will be appearing at the NFT Crime Scene 2003 with Richard Morgan on Saturday 12th July. Adam Roberts will be reading extracts from his novelat Borders, Oxford Street on 14th July. Adam will also be teaching a SF course at the Cheltenham Festival in October. REVIEWS 'Adam Roberts continues to intrigue, invent and tantalise.'DREAMWATCH 'As ever with Roberts, the writingis sharp and the characters suitably nasty.'THE GUARDIAN 'Roberts is able toinclude the big sf stuff and let it entrance us for a bit, but then he takesus back down to earth (or whatever) to deal with how and why it's there in the first place. His abolity to write on both scales in (to me) the mark of a good sf writer... It remains for me to categorically state that this is Roberts' best novel so far.'INFINITY PLUS 'Many will read this with great affection and praise.'SFCROWSNEST 'Polystom is a complex novel, and Roberts has created a richly fascinating world and complex characters to popuate it. He writeswith intensity about human emotions in a world strangely dissimilar from ourown.'THE ZONE 'This is a superb piece of work, full of little details which create an alien, moribund society as disorientating as the physical universe it inhabits (Roberts is a real master of this)'STARBURST --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Roberts ('The King of High Concept' The Guardian) returns with his most ambitious novel yet.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
A very thoroughly realised world and distinctive main characters come together in three short stories to make up POLYSTOM. The hints and threads all steadily come together in the final part with an original engaging twist. The only issue I generally have with Adam Roberts fiction is that he seems to avoid the traditional ending, leaving things a little too ambiguous for my taste (see, NEW MODEL ARMY, BY LIGHT ALONE), but sometimes leaves just enough loose thread to answer the major questions - with just enough remaining that the story could be far from finished (see, JACK GLASS, SALT) and you're hungry for more. This is certainly one of the latter, and one of my favourite of Roberts' novels.
Highly recommended, particularly if you're a fan of other high-concept science fiction/thrillers/fantasy/mystery.
And then it all suddenly makes sense and becomes somehow worthwhile. Incidentally, I'm not sure that this book has anything to with alternate realities (see other reviews) at all. In fact, I'll go further and say that it definitely doesn't have anything at all to do with alternate realities - and the fact that the other reviewers missed this may have something to do with their low scores.
More of a clinical exploration than a breathless dash through otherwise typical space opera territory, a book that demands a little patience as it sacrifices pretty much everything in favour of its high-concept core. But I like high concept.
Finally, one of the things that makes high-concept 'high' is the general irreality of it all. Clearly, there won't be any alternate reality that we can experience. But what happens in this book WILL happen, in some way shape or form. Therefore: read and be intrigued.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Adam Roberts writes extraordinary books. There are not many science fiction (or even 'speculative fiction') writers around doing anything quite like Mr Roberts. Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2010 by Diziet
A well written and reasonably enjoyable novel with an imaginative, if slightly derivative, dual reality ending. Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2006 by Feldyguy