“That M. John Harrison is not a Nobel laureate proves the bankruptcy of the literary establishment. Austere, unflinching and desperately moving, he is one of the very great writers alive today. And yes, he writes fantasy and sf, though of a form, scale and brilliance that it shames not only the rest of the field, but most modern fiction.” China Miéville
M. John Harrison has been at the forefront of SF for five decades now. His Viriconium novels and short stories have received acclaim from the likes of Ian M Banks, and Neil Gaiman considers Light to be one of his personal favourite books.
At the age of 71, he has just released You Should Come With Me Now, a collection of new short stories and flash fiction. The stories within feature all the hallmarks of Harrison’s greatness: SF, fantasy, horror, urban lore, surrealism, thriller and fragments of detective fiction.
The Kefahuchi Tract sequence – Light, Nova Swing and Empty Space – is an epoch-spanning tale of personal destiny, intergalactic history and solving the mysteries of the universe. From the domestic routine of 20th century Midlands, right through to the salvaged civilisations at the end of time itself, hangs the Kefachuchi Tract; a painfully beautiful ancient-space phenomena which overlooks (and may hold the answer to) everything beneath it.
For fans of Ian M banks, Michael Marshall Smith, Tolkien, David Mitchell, Neil Stephenson, etc. Available on Standard Loan from LRC WISE.