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Land Of The Headless

By Adam Roberts

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An extraordinary novel from 'the king of high concept SF' (Guardian): a literary SF fable of religious intolerance, love and war.

THE LAND OF THE HEADLESS is set in a far future where mankind has taken his religious dogma and the divsions that result from it out into space.

On a planet where society is shaped by a strict adherance to the word of God as laid out in the Old Testament and Quran a poet is accused of the rape of a woman. Found guilty he must face the punishment laid down in the Good Book; beheading.

Beheaded, he is fitted with a neck valve, ordinator and basic sensory equipment and sent out into the world. But he bears a terrible and very visible stigma. the only way he can make a living is to join the army and serve in the war against the neighbouring planet. And plan his revenge against the man he believes is really guilty.

LAND OF THE HEADLESS is a searing satire of religious fundamentalism, a novel of love and war and a study of self-delusion. It is an elegantly written, thought-provoking and unique SF novel.

Biographical Notes

Adam Roberts is Professor of 19th century Literature at London University. His first novel, Salt, was nominated for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. He has also published a number of academic works on both 19th century poetry and SF, including the Palgrave Critical History of SF. He lives in Ascot with his wife and two children.

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  • ISBN: 9780575100336
  • Publication date: 09 Sep 2010
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  • Imprint: Gollancz
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