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By Maureen F. McHugh

Winner of the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award, the Lambda Literary Award, the Locus Award for top First Novel, and a Hugo and Nebula Award nominee.

With this groundbreaking novel, Maureen F. McHugh verified herself as one of many decade's top technology fiction writers. In its pages, we input a postrevolution the United States, relocating from the hyperurbanized jap seaboard to the Arctic bleakness of Baffin Island; from the hot Imperial urban to an agricultural commune on Mars. The overlapping lives of cyberkite fliers, lonely colonists, illicit neural-pressball avid gamers, and natural engineers mix right into a strong, taut tale of a tender man's trip of discovery. this can be a macroscopic international of microscopic depth, some of the most wonderful visions of recent SF.

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