Darwinia: A Novel of a Very Different Twentieth Century

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Macmillan, Sep 4, 2007 - Fiction - 320 pages
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In 1912, history was changed by the Miracle, when the old world of Europe was replaced by Darwinia, a strange land of nightmarish jungle and antediluvian monsters. To some, the Miracle was an act of divine retribution; to others, it is an opportunity to carve out a new empire.

Leaving an America now ruled by religious fundamentalists, young Guilford Law travels to Darwinia on a mission of discovery that will take him further than he can possibly imagine...to a shattering revelation about mankind's destiny in the universe.

Robert Charles Wilson has crafted a brilliant science fiction novel--a view of an utterly different 20th century.

Darwinia is a 1999 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel.

 

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Had a real Jules Verne feel to it. I enjoyed the writing style and suspense that was added. Would recommend to early science fiction fans. Read full review

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It's rare that a book can take such an 'out there' idea and make it work, and populate it with characters you actually care about. Fascinating, thought-provoking, exactly as science fiction should be. Read full review

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About the author (2007)

Robert Charles Wilson's novels include Darwinia; The Chronoliths and Blind Lake, which were finalists for SF's Hugo Award; and Spin, which won the 2006 Hugo for best novel. He is a winner of the Philip K. Dick Award and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. He lives in Toronto, Canada.

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