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    • ISBN:9780575114982
    • Publication date:14 Jul 2011
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The Extremes

By Christopher Priest

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A powerful narrative marrying fantasy and horrific reality in a compelling and alarming tale.

British-born Teresa Simons returns to England after the death of her husband, an FBI agent, who was killed by an out-of-control gunman while on assignment in Texas. A shocking coincidence has drawn her to the run-down south coast town of Bulverton, where a gunman's massacre has haunting similarities to the murders in Texas.

Desperate to unravel the mystery, Teresa turns to the virtual reality world of Extreme Experience, ExEx, now commercially available since she trained on it in the US. The best and worst of human experience can be found in ExEx, and in the extremes of violence Teresa finds that past and present combine ...

Biographical Notes

Christopher Priest's novels have built him an inimitable dual reputation as a contemporary novelist and a leading figure in modern SF and fantasy. His novel THE PRESTIGE is unique in winning both a major literary prize (the James Tait Black Award) and a major genre prize (The World Fantasy Award). He was selected for the original Best of Young British Novelists in 1983. He lives with his wife, the writer Leigh Kennedy, and their children in Hastings.

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  • ISBN: 9780575075788
  • Publication date: 08 Sep 2005
  • Page count: 320
  • Imprint: Gollancz
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Gollancz

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Christopher Priest
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