The Weight of Numbers

Simon Ings (Author)

Product Details

$14.00  $12.88
Grove Press, Black Cat
Publish Date
February 01, 2007
5.78 X 1.1 X 8.16 inches | 1.08 pounds
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About the Author

Simon Ings's most recent novel is The Weight of Numbers. His science features and interviews have appeared in magazines as diverse as New Scientist, Wired, and Dazed and Confused. Ings lives in London.


"One of the most exciting--and relevant--books of the last year. Booker material, for sure."
"A Scheherazade of a novel, executed with scope, daring, and humor. The Weight of Numbers is unerringly well written, and engrossing to the last page." -- Lionel Shriver
"Ings weaves an ingenious, shimmering web of contiguity and chance.... A feat of meticulous plotting ... Ings's project is not dissimilar from David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, with which it has been compared." -- Alistair Sooke
"A truly networked work of fiction ... In the corner of the literary landscape in which a few of us sit, hunting for ways to work ever exciting and dynamic thinking from the sciences into the contemporary novel, The Weight of Numbers is extremely good news. It's a dynamic, innovative, and compelling book that brings into focus some of the most interesting trends in contemporary fiction." -- James Flint
"Like Don DeLillo's Underworld, Simon Ings's remarkable new work delivers nothing less than a secret key, a counterhistory, of the last sixty years. Ings's fiction is vivid and swift, a thing of scenes and people, smugglers and astronauts, spies and revolutionaries. But beyond the topical excitements lies something even grander--a vision of our culture a death ship. The Weight of Numbers is amazing." -- Mark Costello
"Dazzling, admirable narrative nerve ... Ings stalks his targets with the relentlessness of a bounty hunter, until he arrives at a new heart of darkness.... As the story cuts through time its lineage emerges: from the colonial excursions of Conrad and Celine to the anthropological objectivity of J. G. Ballard; to Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon; to the askance mix of fact and fiction in DeLillo.... It is unlikely there will be a finer-written fiction this year." -- Chris Pettit