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The Night Sessions Paperback – 24 Apr 2012

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"As ever, MacLeod's depiction of the near future is achieved through solid characterisation and brilliant detail. His forte is the depiction of how belief systems can corrupt, and The Night Sessions is a stunning indictment of fundamentalism of all kinds."
-The Guardian
"The characterisation is good, the processes realistic and the plot suitably complex, though never enough to confuse. Ken leads his audience through a number of set pieces to a satisfying ending. I must admit that, despite not being a religious person myself, I did have my doubts that such an extreme situation could come about in reality, though if you are able to suspend your disbelief (as I did) there's a lot to get your teeth into here. In summary then, as good as I had hoped after The Execution Channel. Intelligent, entertaining and knowledgeable, this is everything you might expect or hope for from a Ken MacLeod SF novel. Perhaps slightly more SF than The Execution Channel, though not that much more, it does make an interesting counterpoint with Charles Stross' Halting State, which has similar elements in a near-future setting (and who, coincidentally, is acknowledged at the beginning of the book.) Of the two, although I liked Halting State a lot, I preferred this."
-SFF World
"In Hollywood terms, it's high concept: in a world where religion is banned, what happens when robots find God? ...The Night Sessions is a fast, entertaining read with some challenging ideas behind it. ... if The Night Sessions' conclusion is not quite as audacious as that of the previous novel, it is nevertheless strikingly brutal and brave, a welcome sign of a novelist willing to follow through the implications of his set-up."
-Strange Horizons

About the Author

Ken MacLeod was born in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland, on August 2, 1954. He is married with two grown-up children and lives in West Lothian. He has an Honours and Masters degree in biological subjects and worked for some years in the IT industry. Since 1997 he has been a full-time writer, and in 2009 was Writer in Residence at the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum at Edinburgh University. He is the author of twelve novels, from "The Star Fraction" (1995) to "The Restoration Game" (2010), and many articles and short stories. His novels have received two BSFA awards and three Prometheus Awards, and several have been short-listed for the Clarke and Hugo Awards. Ken MacLeod's weblog is The Early Days of a Better Nation: http: //kenmacleod.blogspot.com

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Amazon.com: 3.8 out of 5 stars 23 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sci fi thriller 5 Sept. 2012
By H. Potter - Published on Amazon.com
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First, let me say that I am not the author, or the author's friend, nor do I work for the publisher, nor am I being paid to do this review. I bought the book because I enjoyed the sample. This is simply a terrific science fiction thriller, with a very interesting scenario, convincing technology, and good characters. Not many writers attempt this sort of science fiction; it must be very hard to envision plausible technology a few decades away. And the political setting and imagined history was interesting, too. All in all, it's an excellent book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable SF whodunit 23 Jun. 2013
By Gregory F. Pfister - Published on Amazon.com
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This is well-written and paced, with several Edinburgh settings that were fascinating. However, the main reason I enjoyed it so much is the imagined milieu. In my experience it is quite different, a very interesting extrapolation of what might happen if extreme religionists were to take over - and flame out, big time. More than that I won't say to avoid spoilers. It's an exception to my personal rule of avoiding near future SF; I usually gravitate towards space opera, but I'm very glad I picked this one up.
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and Well Done 16 Mar. 2014
By shouldbestudying25 - Published on Amazon.com
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A novel about religion and the next step after the singularity. Thoroughly unsettling, in a way that sneaks up on you after convincing you that it is just a creative near-future detective story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Thought Provoking... 22 July 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The notion of Fundamentalist robots is intriguing!

Also, the characters in the story are well placed and quite believable.

I look forward to reading another Ken Macleod novel.
5.0 out of 5 stars Anti-dystopian robot-saves mankind from itself. 11 Feb. 2013
By mark robinson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great sci-fi crime drama that has terrific plot devices. Born-again (in 2 senses) robot takes on the identity of its deceased human combat partner. Sent copies to friends and family after reading.
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