By Mark Budz
In such groundbreaking novels as Crache and Idolon, Mark Budz validated his popularity as one in every of technology fiction's most fun and leading edge writers. Now he surprises us back with an bold new mystery set in 3 realities instantaneously, the place 3 diversified lives dangle within the balance....
What in the event that your international have been speedily operating out of tomorrows? And what if the single solution to shop the long run used to be to relive the previous? yet which previous holds the main to survival? That's the life-and-death query confronted through 3 determined humans separated through the earlier, current, and destiny yet who proportion a unmarried terrifying truth. A tortured soul, brain-damaged in a bike coincidence, matters a pirate broadcast out of a van in near-future California. In Depression-era San Francisco an architect with an inoperable mind tumor seeks a paranormal medication. A post-human house visitor stuck in a cosmic coincidence searches for the way to reconstruct himself and the longer term. In Mark Budz's spellbinding narrative, their lives--and deaths--are drawn jointly through a strength much more robust than future.
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