The Thing Itself

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Orion Publishing Group, Dec 17, 2015 - Fiction - 352 pages

Adam Roberts turns his attention to answering the Fermi Paradox with a taut and claustrophobic tale that echoes John Carpenters' The Thing.

Two men while away the days in an Antarctic research station. Tensions between them build as they argue over a love-letter one of them has received. One is practical and open. The other surly, superior and obsessed with reading one book - by the philosopher Kant.

As a storm brews and they lose contact with the outside world they debate Kant, reality and the emptiness of the universe. The come to hate each other, and they learn that they are not alone.


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User Review  - Ken-Me-Old-Mate - LibraryThing

I just loved this and I had no idea what I was reading. Was it sci-fi, or fantasy, or dystopian, but really none of that matters. The story and characters will draw you in and pull you under and then ... Read full review

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User Review  - orkydd - LibraryThing

3.5 Stars. Adam Robertas rarely provides the reader with the easy road, and 'The Thing Itself' is no exception. Science fiction is supposed to be food for the mind, and we have this in spades in this ... Read full review


Cover Dedication Title Page Epigraph
Thing and Sick Unity
Baedekers Fermi Plurality
The Institute Totality
Penelopes Mother Affirmation
Broadmoor Negation
A Solid Gold Penny Limitation
Pursuit Substance and Accident
The Fansoc for Catching Oldfashioned Diseases Causality
A Dialogue in Four Parts Community

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Adam Roberts is commonly described as one of the UK's most important writers of SF. He is the author of numerous novels and literary parodies. He is Professor of 19th Century Literature at Royal Holloway, London University and has written a number of critical works on both SF and 19th Century poetry. He is a contributor to the SF ENCYCLOPEDIA.

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