Tor Science Fiction
On Sale: January 20, 2020
Featuring: Travis Bismark
Mass Market Paperback / e-Book
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Shatter the line between fiction and fantasy...
The life of an award-winning novelist probably bears more
resemblance to "normal" than most fans would want to
believe. But every once in awhile, strange things are
bound to erupt around those most equipped to document
them... so imagine what renowned science fiction writer
John Barnes might do when he finds himself in one of the
wildest, most rollicking hard-SF adventures to hit print
Barnes' college friend Travis Bismark always brought back
plenty of great stories from his job as an industrial spy.
This time, over a few beer- and coffee-fueled chat
sessions, Travis unravels a tale about his current case
too tall for even an SF author to believe: a Gaudeamus
machine that bends physics in order to make possible both
teleportation and time travel, and how it gets stolen--
twice; a grad student-cum-prostitute who deals in
telepathy-inducing drugs that let her "download" top-
secret documents from her client's brains, a romp through
Colorado and New Mexico during which each episode and
character is more bizarre than the last; and the internet
meme that seems to tie it all together.
Barnes' playful commentary on Travis' story and his own
life as a SF writer and drama teacher, interspersed with
their everyday interactions with a group of funny,
compelling friends, is related in a surprising and non-
traditional narrative that blurs the line between fact,
fiction, and metafiction.
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