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    • ISBN:9781841499420
    • Publication date:18 Nov 2014
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    • ISBN:9780748131143
    • Publication date:06 Mar 2014

Descent

By Ken MacLeod

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Ken MacLeod, author of 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award-nominated Intrusion, tells a science fiction story for the twenty-first century - this is what happens when conspiracy theorists meet Big Brother.

HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR THE TRUTH?
Ball lightning. Weather balloons. Secret military aircraft. Ryan knows all the justifications for UFO sightings. But when something falls out of the sky on the hills near his small Scottish town, he finds his cynicism can't identify or explain the phenomenon.
And in a future where nothing is a secret, where everything is recorded on CCTV or reported online, why can he find no evidence of the UFO, nor anything to shed light on what occurred? Is it the political revolutionaries, is it the government or is it aliens themselves who are creating the cover-up? Or does the very idea of a cover-up hide the biggest secret of all?

Biographical Notes

Ken MacLeod graduated from Glasgow University in 1976 and worked as a computer analyst in Edinburgh, before taking up writing full time.

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  • ISBN: 9781841499413
  • Publication date: 06 Mar 2014
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Orbit
Descent is politically engaged, brimming with smart ideas and shot through with a mordant wit. The novel is dedicated to the memory of MacLeod's friend Iain M. Banks, and one feels that the future of Scottish SF is in good hands. — James Lovegrove, The Financial Times
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