One of science fiction’s premiere stylists, M. John Harrison has received abundant praise and awards for his wildly imaginative ideas and transcendent prose. Now he returns to the richly complex universe of Light and Nova Swing with a stunning new novel that braids three glittering strands into a tapestry that spans vast reaches of time and space.
In the near future, an elderly English widow is stirred from her mundane existence by surreal omens and visitations. Centuries later, the space freighter Nova Swing takes on an illegal alien artifact as cargo, with consequences beyond reckoning. While on a distant planet, a nameless policewoman tries to bring order to an event zone where ordinary physics do not apply, only to find herself caught up in something even stranger and more sublime....
A mysterious and beautiful work of literary sci-fi, Empty Space: A Haunting takes listeners on a journey that moves back and forth in time, space, and mood, from a warm cup of tea in an English train station to the frigid vastness of space. Performer Graeme Malcolm's lush voice and lovely accent is a perfect fit for the complicated but gorgeous tale. While the three interwoven plots resist neat conclusions, a fact that may frustrate some listeners, the real highlight is M. John Harrison's masterful, finely-tuned prose.
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