A man lies half-drowned on a Cornish beach at dawn in the furthest days of this century. The old woman who discovers him, once a famous concert violinist, is close to death herself - or perhaps a new kind of life she can barely contemplate. Does death still exist at all, or has it finally been obliterated? And who is this strange man she's found? Is he a figure returned from her past, a new Messiah, or an empty vessel? God or the Devil?
Filled with love and music, death and life, mind-bending ideas and simple humanity amid the ruins of a post-apocalyptic India, the Song of Time won both the Arthur C. Clarke and John W. Campbell awards in 2009.
"A slow, sensitive first-person account of what it means to be human and vulnerable...a book which confirms MacLeod as one of the country's very best literary SF Writers". (The Guardian)
"The narrator in my novel Song of Time speaks, quite literally, into the mind of the reader. For this reason alone, I'd like to think that it's particularly well suited to the talking book medium. But what's so heartening is then to find a voice, in Rachel Atkins, which is so quietly and compellingly right for the story. Song of Time told by her sounds and feels the way I hoped it would as I wrote it - not simply a work of "Sci Fi", but a novel of the future." Ian R. MacLeod
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Bleak but well-written and well-performed
I think this book could come with a cautionary label: Song of Time is a primarily dystopian look at the world of the near future, told from the vantage point of a terminally ill person.
And it could have a suggested prerequisites list: Readers who understand musicians' dedication will be at an advantage.
That way, I could choose a time when I felt too cheerful, and enjoy the lovely but bleak story.