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    • ISBN:9780575119536
    • Publication date:10 Jan 2013
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Take Back Plenty

By Colin Greenland

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A BSFA and ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD winning novel, available for the first time in 15 years!

A fast-moving space adventure featuring mysterious aliens, a journey to a de-populated planet, a mad run from space cops, a ship captain in trouble, and her AI (Artificially Intelligent) companion/ship's computer.

It is carnival time on Mars, but Tabitha Jute isn't partying. She is in hiding from the law, penniless and about to lose her livelihood and her best friend, the space barge "Alice Liddell". Then the intriguing Marco Metz offers her some money to take him to Plenty, and the adventure begins.

Winner of both the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD for best science fiction novel of the year and the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION ASSOCIATION AWARD for best novel of the year - the only book ever to win both prestigious British awards.

Biographical Notes

Born in 1954 and educated at Oxford, Colin Greenland is the author of a number of acclaimed science fiction and fantasy novels, including the BSFA and ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD-winning TAKE BACK PLENTY. He has contributed short stories to many anthologies and magazines as well as reviews of new fiction for the GUARDIAN, the INDEPENDENT, and many other publications. He has also had stories broadcast on BBC Radio 4.

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  • ISBN: 9780575119529
  • Publication date: 10 Jan 2013
  • Page count: 496
  • Imprint: Gollancz
A masterpiece. If you ever wondered why you began reading science fiction this book answers that question. — Interzone
A masterpiece. If you ever wondered why you began reading science fiction this book answers that question. — Interzone
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