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  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; Original edition (2 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062229419
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062229410
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,382,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Beautifully written, creepy as hell. The Explorer is as clever in its unravelling as it is breathlessly claustrophobic."--Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City

"Science fiction is best when it does what we least expect, when it transforms narrative into something you don't see coming....It's a trick not every writer can master, but Smythe makes a marvel of this world, and these characters, and makes this reader want the sequel now."--Romantic Times BOOKclub (Top Pick!)

"The Explorer is smart, scary and seductive. Like its protagonist, it explores the queasy strangeness of space-time, and puts the reader at the heart of a tale of watching and fearing that comes off like a collaboration between Hitchcock and Heinlein. Excellent stuff."--Lloyd Shepherd, author of The English Monster

"Dark, cold, claustrophobic, and oh so very scary. THE EXPLORER is literary science fiction at its blackest best."--Adam Christopher, author of Empire State and Seven Wonders

"The Explorer is essentially exemplary: a short, sharp shock of a story from an author who deserves to do as well for himself as he does by us. It's perfectly plotted, smartly characterised and rife with insight and excitement."--Tor.com

"This is a remarkable book: a state-of-the-art spacecraft constructed from ideas, and propelled by a powerful story. Gripping, terrifying and audacious--an exploration in every sense of the word."--Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

"A challenging and stimulating read."--Booklist

"There have been teachers in space, senators, and the wealthy who buy tickets. But never has a journalist been launched over the atmosphere. Until Smythe's gripping novel."--New York Post

"A] mind-bending, heart-wrenching, avalanche of a reading experience... an oasis for readers thirsty to find an engaging book... books like this are the kind that create fans, and I'm proud to be one."--SF Signal

"The first person perspective and unpretentious prose style are enhanced by accomplished pacing."--SFX (UK)

"The Explorer by James Smythe is quiet, dark book which focuses on the dark and quiet of space....It may not be a flashy...but it is a fascinating character study that could only exist in a science-fictional world."--io9.com

"A brilliant book -- funny, desperate, desolate, sad, all in equal measure."--Chuck Wendig

"Unsettling."--Daily Telegraph (London)

"The Explorer has the dreamlike detachment of an Ishiguro novel.... reminiscent of a 1970s space movie, where the darkness of the void mirrors the darkness of the human soul."--Financial Times

"A wonderful examination of coping with loss, time and death."--SFX

"As if Philip K Dick and David Mitchell collaborated on an episode of The West Wing. Unsettling, gripping and hugely thought-provoking."--FHM

There have been teachers in space, senators, and the wealthy who buy tickets. But never has a journalist been launched over the atmosphere. Until Smythe s gripping novel. --New York Post"

The Explorer by James Smythe is quiet, dark book which focuses on the dark and quiet of space .It may not be a flashy but it is a fascinating character study that could only exist in a science-fictional world. --io9.com"

Beautifully written, creepy as hell. The Explorer is as clever in its unravelling as it is breathlessly claustrophobic. --Lauren Beukes, author of Zoo City"

This is a remarkable book: a state-of-the-art spacecraft constructed from ideas, and propelled by a powerful story. Gripping, terrifying and audacious--an exploration in every sense of the word. --Charles Yu, author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe"

Science fiction is best when it does what we least expect, when it transforms narrative into something you don t see coming .It s a trick not every writer can master, but Smythe makes a marvel of this world, and these characters, and makes this reader want the sequel now. --Romantic Times BOOKclub (Top Pick!)"

The Explorer is smart, scary and seductive. Like its protagonist, it explores the queasy strangeness of space-time, and puts the reader at the heart of a tale of watching and fearing that comes off like a collaboration between Hitchcock and Heinlein. Excellent stuff. --Lloyd Shepherd, author of The English Monster"

Dark, cold, claustrophobic, and oh so very scary. THE EXPLORER is literary science fiction at its blackest best. --Adam Christopher, author of Empire State and Seven Wonders"

The Explorer is essentially exemplary: a short, sharp shock of a story from an author who deserves to do as well for himself as he does by us. It s perfectly plotted, smartly characterised and rife with insight and excitement. --Tor.com"

A challenging and stimulating read. --Booklist"

A] mind-bending, heart-wrenching, avalanche of a reading experience an oasis for readers thirsty to find an engaging book books like this are the kind that create fans, and I m proud to be one. --SF Signal"

The first person perspective and unpretentious prose style are enhanced by accomplished pacing. --SFX (UK)"

A brilliant book funny, desperate, desolate, sad, all in equal measure. --Chuck Wendig"

Unsettling. --Daily Telegraph (London)"

The Explorer has the dreamlike detachment of an Ishiguro novel . reminiscent of a 1970s space movie, where the darkness of the void mirrors the darkness of the human soul. --Financial Times"

A wonderful examination of coping with loss, time and death. --SFX"

As if Philip K Dick and David Mitchell collaborated on an episode of The West Wing. Unsettling, gripping and hugely thought-provoking. --FHM"

About the Author

James Smythe has written scripts for a number of video games, and teaches creative writing in London. His previous novel was The Explorer.


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