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The Centauri Device

By M. John Harrison

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A brilliant space opera from one of the great stylists of SF.

John Truck was to outward appearances just another lowlife spaceship captain. But he was also the last of the Centaurans - or at least, half of him was - which meant that he was the only person who could operate the Centauri Device, a sentient bomb which might hold the key to settling a vicious space war.

M. John Harrison's classic novel turns the conventions of space opera on their head, and is written with the precision and brilliance for which is famed.

Biographical Notes

M. John Harrison (1945 - ) Michael John Harrison is the author of, amongst others, the Viriconium stories, The Centauri Device, Climbers, The Course of the Heart, Signs of Life, Light and Nova Swing. He has won the Boardman Tasker Award (Climbers), the James Tiptree Jr Award (Light) and the Arthur C. Clarke Award (Nova Swing). He lives in Shropshire.

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  • ISBN: 9781857989977
  • Publication date: 13 Jul 2000
  • Page count: 208
  • Imprint: Gollancz


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Empty Space

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M. John Harrison

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M. John Harrison

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M. John Harrison
M. John Harrison

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