Gaudeamus

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Macmillan, Nov 1, 2004 - Fiction - 320 pages
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Shatter the line between fiction and fantasy...

The life of an award-winning novelist probably bears more resemblance to "normal" than most fans would want to believe. But every once in awhile, strange things are bound to erupt around those most equipped to document them... so imagine what renowned science fiction writer John Barnes might do when he finds himself in one of the wildest, most rollicking hard-SF adventures to hit print in years.

Barnes' college friend Travis Bismark always brought back plenty of great stories from his job as an industrial spy. This time, over a few beer- and coffee-fueled chat sessions, Travis unravels a tale about his current case too tall for even an SF author to believe: a Gaudeamus machine that bends physics in order to make possible both teleportation and time travel, and how it gets stolen--twice; a grad student-cum-prostitute who deals in telepathy-inducing drugs that let her "download" top-secret documents from her client's brains, a romp through Colorado and New Mexico during which each episode and character is more bizarre than the last; and the internet meme that seems to tie it all together.

Barnes' playful commentary on Travis' story and his own life as a SF writer and drama teacher, interspersed with their everyday interactions with a group of funny, compelling friends, is related in a surprising and non-traditional narrative that blurs the line between fact, fiction, and metafiction.
  

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When his college friend Travis Bismark, shows up at the home of sf writer John Barnes to relate a tale of corporate espionage involving the theft of a Gaudeamus (a machine possessing powers that defy ... Read full review

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This book has a bit of a 'Robert Anton Wilson' feel to it, especially since the author himself is the protagonist in a strange tale of synchronicity, aliens, and general weirdness. I found it fun ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER TWO
26
CHAPTER THREE
37
CHAPTER FOUR
51
CHAPTER FIVE
62
CHAPTER SIX
77
CHAPTER SEVEN
92
CHAPTER EIGHT
104
CHAPTER NINE
124
CHAPTER FOURTEEN
182
CHAPTER FIFTEEN
202
CHAPTER SIXTEEN
224
CHAPTER SEVENTEEN
239
CHAPTER EIGHTEEN
245
CHAPTER NINETEEN
258
CHAPTER TWENTY
273
CHAPTER TWENTYONE
284

CHAPTER TEN
137
CHAPTER ELEVEN
146
CHAPTER TWELVE
158
CHAPTER THIRTEEN
168
CHAPTER TWENTYTWO
300
CHAPTER TWENTYTHREE
312
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About the author (2004)

John Barnes is the award-winning author of Orbital Romance, A Million Open Doors, Mother of Storms, Earth Made of Glass, The Merchants of Souls, Candle, and many other novels. With Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, he wrote the novels Encounter with Tiber and The Return. He lives in Colorado.

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