Void Star


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$23.00  $21.39
St. Martins Press-3PL
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5.5 X 8.6 X 1.2 inches | 1.1 pounds

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About the Author

Zachary Mason is a computer scientist and the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Lost Books of the Odyssey. He lives in California.


[Zach Mason] writes with a mathematical precision that often crystallizes into lines of clean, poetic beauty.
--Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal

Elegant...written with the syntactic precision you might expect from a linguist, a computer scientist, a mathematician. Or a person who is all three.
--Charley Locke, Wired

Zachary Mason creates a world in which the line between human and computer is completely erased, yet he still manages to make the reader feel for all the characters--both man and machine--equally. Add that to a highly addictive plot and an exploration of memory's impact on our identity, and you've got one of the most richly complex novels of the year.
--Chelsea Hassler, Newsweek

"Speculative fiction has long wrestled with . . . ethical quandaries, but rarely has it done so with the power of language and prescience found in Void Star. Mason's prose is prodigious in scope and exultant...
--Hayden Robel, Zyzzyva

Gorgeous . . . Reminiscent of the work of giants like Frank Herbert, Philip K. Dick, and William Gibson, Void Star is a towering, twisting, and oracular ziggurat. Mason carries on rich science fiction traditions while saturating readers in heady prose that they may not anticipate from this sort of novel. The prose is at once intoxicating, enchanting, and mournful.
--Paul Rowe, New England Review of Books

Imaginative, intelligent vision of a future in which the machines we build take an unusual interest in us even as we seek to exploit them further . . . [Void Star is] a richly rewarding blend of noir thriller and sci-fi in the best tradition of Dick, Stephenson, and Delany.
--Kirkus (starred review)

Mason's follow-up to The Lost Books of the Odyssey is a complex and spellbinding tale of a future where self-preservation, in every sense of the word, is a victory.
--Library Journal (starred review)

Code becomes flesh in Zachary Mason's sentences. He shows us the near future of technological experience, where death becomes a 'stillness in memory, ' and God is a pattern of numbers. This is the best and most beautiful book about computers since Neuromancer.
--Michael Clune, author of Gamelife: A Memoir

Void Star is an extraordinary novel. The hallucinatory beauty of the prose is matched only by the book's velocity and mystery, and the story--of mortality, memory, and what it means to be human--holds all the force and power of mythology.
--Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven

Zachary Mason's magisterial new novel is a passionate immersion in science fiction, sure to delight even the most hardcore devotees of Samuel R. Delany, China Miéville, and Philip K. Dick. The greatest speculative writing intoxicates and terrifies us in equal measure with the visions it offers, and in this Void Star is no exception. A dazzling book.
--John Wray, author of The Lost Time Accidents

Readers who enjoy Cormac McCarthy and China Miéville but wished they had had more influence from Neal Stephenson might find this book is just what they're looking for.
--Dawn Kuczwara, Booklist